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Coronavirus: Business Grants

New grant schemes now open for applications

You can now apply for the following grants:

  • Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

 Apply online for a Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment, Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) and/or a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed).

With the exception of businesses which only registered for business rates on or after 2nd December 2020, these grants are only available to businesses which applied for and obtained the Local Restrictions Support Grant in respect of the November lockdown. Eligible businesses will receive a single payment incorporating their entitlement for the period 2 December 2020 - 15 February 2021. Full details of the eligibility criteria relating to each grant is explained below.

Businesses established on or after 2nd December 2020 should email covid19.businessgrants@fenland.gov.uk for confirmation of the grants they are entitled to. Please include your business rates number in your email (this begins with a 7 and has eight characters).

Details of the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs can be found below. This needs to be applied for separately.

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 15 February 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

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).

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) - updated 22 January 2021

We have received funds from government to support those businesses not eligible for the LRSG which have been affected by either Tier 2 restrictions or the recent national lockdown in November.

An initial scheme relating to businesses affected by the second national lockdown concluded in December 2020 and we provided grants to over 50 local businesses.

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    

£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.

The eligibility criteria for extra support for pubs that mainly serve alcohol is set out here.

We are now accepting applications for this grant. This can be submitted via email or in hard copy using this Icon for word application form [92.1KB] (email submission preferred).

Queries relating to eligibility should be sent to covid19.businessgrants@fenland.gov.uk.

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