Coronavirus: Business Grants

Business Grants for Businesses Impacted by Omicron Variant

The Council recognises that businesses across the District have been impacted by the rising number of individuals testing positive for coronavirus and concern about the spread of the Omicron variant.

The government announced on 21st December 2021 that grants would be made available to eligible business registered for business rates which operate in the leisure and hospitality sectors. Details of the government's announcement can be found here £1 billion in support for businesses most impacted by Omicron across the UK - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

As part of the Government announcement on 21 December 2021, business grants of either £2,667, £4,000 or £6,000 are available to businesses registered for business rates operating in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.

To obtain the grant businesses are requested to confirm that they meet the eligibility requirements and wish to receive the grant.

Applications must be received before 28 February 2022.

Further detail on this grant and how to apply

 

Omicron Relief Grant

The Omicron Grant Relief Grant is available to any business unable to claim Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant whose business revenues have been significantly affected by the Omicron variant.

To receive the grant all businesses applying must be able to confirm that compared to a relevant earlier trading period the business experienced an average weekly reduction in their turnover of 25% or more in the four-week period between 13th December 2021 and 9th January 2022. The Council may request evidence to support the business' assessment of their trading position.

The deadline for applications is 28th February 2022.

Further detail on this grant and how to apply

Any queries relating to the grants available should be sent to covid19.businessgrants@fenland.gov.uk

 

The following grant schemes are now closed:

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)
  • Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment
  • Extreme Hardship Grant
  • Christmas Support Payment for 'Wet-led' Pubs
  • Whittlesey & Wisbech Business Capital Grants Schemes
  • Supplementary Winter Lockdown Grant (part of the Additional Restrictions Grant)
  • Self Employment Support Grant
  • Restart Grant
  • Additional Restrictions Grant - September 2021 Allocation

Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG)

Tier 2 Restrictions: 2 December 2020 - 25 December 2020

Hospitality, accommodation and leisure businesses which have suffered a reduction in trade due to the Tier 2 restrictions are eligible to obtain the LRSG (Open) grant. This grant will be paid on a 14-day cycle in line with whatever period Fenland remains in Tier 2. The LRSG (Closed) grant is available to businesses in these sectors which are required to remain closed, i.e. due to the requirement to only serve alcohol alongside a substantial meal.

Tier 4 Restrictions and National Lockdown - 26 December onwards

All businesses registered for business rates which were required by law to close from 26th December 2020 onwards when Fenland entered Tier 4 restrictions are entitled to receive a grant. This will be paid at the following rate for every 28 days the business is required to remain closed:

  • Rateable Value: up to but not exceeding £15,000 - £1,334
  • Rateable Value: more than £15,000 but less than £51,000 - £2,000
  • Rateable Value: more than £51,000 - £3,000

Grants will be paid into the bank account provided by the business at the time it applied for the Local Restrictions Support Grant in relation to the November lockdown. We have been given permission from Government to make a payment incorporating each eligible businesses' total entitlement up to 31 March 2021.

Applications for the above grant must be received by 31 March 2021.

Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment

This is an additional grant which the government announced on 5 January 2021.

In addition to the Local Restrictions Support Grant, businesses required to close due to the current national lockdown are entitled to the following one-off top-up grants. These will be paid out at the same time as the Local Restrictions Support Grant.

  • Rateable Value: up to but not exceeding £15,000 - £4,000
  • Rateable Value: more than £15,000 but less than £51,000 - £6,000
  • Rateable Value: more than £51,000 - £9,000

Applications for the above grant must be received by 31 March 2021.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (November 2020 lockdown)

Businesses required to close due to the new national restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020 will be able to receive Local Restrictions Support Grants. These are worth up to £3,000 per month (four weeks).

Applications for the above grant must be received by 31 March 2021.

Extreme Hardship Grant

The Council acknowledges that since the start of the first national lockdown in March 2020 there are some sectors of the business which have been severely impacted despite technically remaining 'open' since they have not been legally required to close. Particular examples include those businesses in the events sector and those which form part of the hospitality, accommodation and tourism supply chain.

The Council has allocated funding to support any business which is not eligible to receive the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) which can demonstrate losses of £15,000 or more in the period since lockdown restrictions were first introduced in March 2020. The maximum grant available is £5,000.

Applications must be received by 5pm on Wednesday, 31 March 2021.

£1,000 grant for 'wet-led' pubs

At the beginning of December, Government announced extra support for pubs that mainly serve alcohol (rather than food) over the Christmas period.

This scheme is now closed. If an eligible business has not already received its grant this will be paid by 31 March 2021.

Whittlesey & Wisbech Business Capital Grants Schemes 

A grant of up to £10,000 is available to help local businesses and organisations based in and around Whittlesey and Wisbech to invest in assets that will help with recovery from the impacts of COVID-19, improve competitiveness, stimulate growth, enhance productivity and create local jobs.

Only capital funding is available through this grant scheme.

The funding for the BCGS is provided by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA), as part of the Market Town Masterplan initiative, known in Fenland as Growing Fenland.

The deadline for submission of an Expression of Interest form has now closed. 

Businesses who were advised to complete an Icon for pdf Application Form [177.32KB] have until 10am on Monday 21 June 2021. 

Supplementary Winter Lockdown Grant (part of the Additional Restrictions Grant)

Following the government's announcement on 4th January 2021 that there would be another national lockdown the Council has received further funds from government to be paid out on a discretionary basis. These funds will be paid over to eligible businesses in the form of a Supplementary Winter Lockdown Grant.    

Update 27/05/2021

We have decided to distribute further Additional Restrictions Grant funding to the following businesses:

  • businesses which only qualified for the lowest Restart Grant of £2,667 are to receive an additional £1,333;
  • businesses which applied for the Supplementary Winter Lockdown grant before 21 May 2021 are entitled to an additional grant of £4,000 if they meet the following criteria:
    • the business is not entitled to receive the Restart Grant;
    • the business was registered for business rates, as at 1 April 2021, or the business can demonstrate that, as at 1 April 2021, it was responsible for paying rent for the building which it occupies for business purposes. 'Rent a Chair' agreements and market traders are outside the scope of this provision;
    • the business is reliant on 'in-person' provision of services to its customers at the site of its business premises; examples include, but are not limited to, convenience stores, food shops, takeaways without eat-in facilities, garden centres, builders merchants, pharmacies, opticians, newsagents, post offices, mobility support shops, dry cleaners, etc
    • the business is currently trading in line with the relevant government restrictions

We are currently identifying those businesses which we anticipate can meet these criteria. Businesses eligible for the additional £1,333 will be paid automatically. Those businesses thought to be eligible to receive the additional grant of £4,000 will be contacted by telephone or email shortly and by no later than Friday 18th June 2021.

This scheme closed on 23 June 2021

Self-Employment Support Grant

The grant was introduced in recognition that some individuals have not been able to access other grants which the Council has made available using funds received from government to help address the financial impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on the local economy. This scheme closed on 23 June 2021.

Restart Grant

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. This scheme closed on 30 June 2021.

Additional Restrictions Grant - September 2021 Allocation

A new round of grants to support businesses recovering from impact of the pandemic. Whilst legal restrictions linked to the pandemic were eased in July this year, we are aware that businesses continue to face numerous challenges as the country seeks to recover from the impact of the pandemic.

We aim to contact all business expected to be eligible to receive this grant by mid-October 2021.

This scheme closed on 21 January 2022.

Subject to the outcome of conversations with government and partner organisations, further grants may be available later in the year. If this is the case details will be published on the business grants page on the Council's website.

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