Local Restrictions Business Support Grant

As part of its national restriction measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Government has announced grant funding to be paid out by councils to businesses that have been required by Government to close. 

These will be paid as one-off grants to cover a 28-day period from 5 November to 2 December 2020. The grant amount depends on the business premises' rateable value. 

Businesses that have set up a click and collect service and restaurants providing a takeaway service will still be able to claim grants. This is because their substantive business has had to close.

Eligibility criteria

The eligibility criteria for this grant has been set by Government. 

To qualify, your business must be in the Fenland area and have been:

  • trading as usual prior to the date the restrictions came into force on 5 November 2020
  • liable for paying business rates as at 5 November 2020
  • required to close due to Government lockdown restrictions

Businesses that have been mandated to close by Government include:

  • non-essential retail
  • leisure
  • personal care
  • sports facilities
  • hospitality businesses

The full list of closed businesses is available at: GOV.UK - New national restrictions from 5 November - businesses and venues which must close.

The funding is only available for businesses that were required to close because of the formal publication of lockdown regulations under Public Health legislation. Funding is not available to businesses who have elected to close for other reasons. Businesses that have closed because their principal customers are businesses operating in sectors of the economy which have been required to close are not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant.

Value of grant

The value of the grant varies depending on the business premises' rateable value:

Rateable value of propertyGrant for 28 days
£15,000 or under£1,334
£15,001 to £50,999£2,000
£51,000 or over£3,000

Businesses can find their rateable value on their business rates bill or from the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) website. Visit GOV.UK - Find and check your business rates valuation.

Subject to EU State Aid limits, businesses are entitled to receive a grant for each eligible premises for which they are the ratepayer.

Businesses required to remain closed since March 2020

Some businesses, such as nightclubs and adult entertainment venues, have been required by Government to remain closed since March 2020. As well as receiving support under this Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme, these businesses will also receive a small amount of funding for the period 1 to 4 November 2020. This is because on 1 November 2020, the Government introduced a separate grant funding scheme for this sector.

Funding will be a pro-rata amount, based on the rateable value of the premises.  

Nightclubs that reopened in a different form (for example as late night bars) are not eligible for this funding.

Ratepayers for these businesses in Fenland should apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant as normal. They should also email us at covid19.businessgrants@fenland.gov.uk to advise that in addition to the Local Restrictions Support Grant they wish to claim the additional support.

View more information about the additional support available

Businesses who are not eligible for this grant

The following businesses are not eligible for Local Restrictions Support Grant assistance: 

  • Businesses that are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to
  • Businesses which have already receive grant payments that equal the maximum levels of EU State Aid permitted under the De minimis and the COVID-19 Temporary State Aid Frameworks
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made 

If a business that is required to close by Government but continues to operate in-person services and successfully applies for a grant, the grant may be recovered, and the business referred for enforcement action under public health legislation.  

We have received funding from government to assist those businesses which have been significantly impacted by the coronavirus restrictions but do not qualify for the Local Restrictions Support Grant. Details of the eligibility criteria to access this funding will be published on our website shortly.         

Who the grant is payable to

The grant is payable to the person who according to our records was the ratepayer in respect of the property on 5 November 2020.  If we believe that the information held about the ratepayer on 5 November 2020 is inaccurate, we may withhold or recover the grant and take reasonable steps to identify the correct ratepayer.  
 
Any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the hereditament) after 5 November 2020 will not be taken into account.

Apply for a grant

Eligible ratepayers can apply for a Local Restrictions Business Support Grant online.

Please read the eligibility criteria above before applying. You will need your Fenland Business Rates Account Reference Number for your submission to be accepted. 

Your business will not qualify for support under this scheme if it was in administration, insolvent, or a striking off order was made at the time the local restrictions started.

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