COVID-19: Grants and Business Rates




COVID-19 GRANTS

Government Grants- National Lockdown

Further to the national lockdown news on 4 January, the Chancellor has announced £4.6 billion in new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs. This includes:

  • One-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure sectors worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring. Eligibility and level of payment will be assessed against a business’s rateable value.
  • A discretionary fund of £594 million will also be made available to support other impacted businesses.
  • £1.1 billion further discretionary grant funding for Local Authorities, Local Restriction Support Grants worth up to £3,000 a month and extension of the furlough scheme.
  • Check if you are eligible for the Coronavirus Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment
  • These payments of grants will be delivered through the local authorities:
  • Cheshire East businesses:  If you have received a payment for the November lockdown or Tier 2 from Cheshire East, then you will automatically receive Tier 3, Tier 4 and new National lockdown payments providing you continue to meet the eligibility criteria.You do not need to make a further application if you have received a payment from Cheshire East.
  • Cheshire West and Chester businesses: If your business is non-essential and required to close you will be able to apply for support through the Cheshire West COVID-19 financial support for business grant scheme. If you have made an application before 31 December 2020 you will need to apply again under the new rules. 
  • Warrington businesses: If you applied to us for a business grant during November’s National Lockdown, then you do NOT need to apply again. The Council will use the details from that application to pay the grants outlined above. Please only contact the Council if you need to tell them that you’ve changed your bank details since then, or If you did NOT apply to us for a business grant during November’s National Lockdown, then please email us at localrestrictionssupportgrant@warrington.gov.uk. 

Government Grants- Tier Restrictions

There are various grants available to support businesses during periods of local restrictions (Tiers 2 and 3).

These grants are delivered by the local authorities on behalf of the government:

Local Restrictions Support Grant- Closed

LRSG (Closed) provides grants to businesses in the highest band of local restrictions – Tier 3 – which have been required to close during periods of local restrictions.

There are 2 versions of this guidance depending on which period the funding application relates to:

  • LRSG (Closed) Version 2: applicable from 2 December 2020 onwards
  • LRSG (Closed): applicable from 9 September to 5 November 2020

Funding of up to £3,000 per 28-day period is available. During the period of national restrictions this grant is superseded by Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum.

Local Restrictions Support Grant- Open

Where local authorities have been subject to Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions, this grant allows local authorities to make discretionary payments to support businesses that were impacted by the restrictions, but not required to close.

There are 2 versions of this guidance depending on which period the funding application relates to:

  • LRSG (Open) Version 2: applicable from 2 December 2020 onwards
  • LRSG (Open): applicable from 9 September to 5 November 2020

Local Restrictions Support Grant -Sector

LRSG (Sector) provides grants of up to £3,000 per 28-day period to be made to businesses like nightclubs that were required to close on a national basis since 23 March 2020. It is possible that, as part of future efforts to control the spread of coronavirus, further business property types are closed on an England-wide basis. If so, these businesses will also be eligible for these grants once they have been closed for 14 days.

The LRSG (Sector) scheme is effective from 1 November 2020.

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

The Christmas Support Payment grant provides funding for local authorities subject to Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions in December 2020 to pay one-off grants of £1,000 to wet-led pubs. These are pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than provide food and have been severely impacted over the festive season due to temporary local restrictions.

Applying for the grants:  The application forms on the websites below will automatically capture all the information needed, in order to assess the eligibility of your business for the retrospective awards as well as the Local Restrictions Support Grant or Additional Restrictions Grant.

Cheshire East Council Grants Information

Cheshire West and Chester Council Grants Information

Warrington Borough Council Grants Information

If you’re unsure what grant you are eligible for, please contact us.

Cheshire and Warrington Grants

In Cheshire and Warrington there are three local grant schemes:

  • Cheshire & Warrington Recovery & Restructure Grant (closed for applications)
  • The C&W Covid Recovery Grant (closed for applications) Find out more about the grant here
  • Cheshire & Warrington Restructure Capital Grant . (Closed for applications)  Find out more about the grant here.

Other grants

  • Self Employment Income Support Scheme information can be found here.
  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme information can be found here.

COVID-19: BUSINESS RATES

  • Cheshire East business rates information can be found here
  • Cheshire West and Chester business rates information can be found here
  • Warrington business rates information can be found here

Business Rates Holiday for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors in England will not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year. Estate agents, lettings agencies and bingo halls that have closed as a result of Covid-19 measures to restrict the spread of the virus will be now be exempted from business rates in 2020-21.

Businesses that received the retail discount in the 2019-20 tax year will be rebilled by their local authority as soon as possible.

How do I access it?

There is no action for you. Local authorities will apply the business rates holiday to your bills.

Business Rates Holiday for Nurseries

Nurseries in England* do not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year.

How do I access it?

There is no action for you. Local authorities will apply the business rates holiday to your bills.