Grants to support businesses affected by COVID-19

The following grants for certain businesses affected by Covid-19 are currently available.

  1. Business restart grants

1) Business restart grants

Restart grants were announced by the Chancellor in the budget on 3 March 2021. These are one-off grants for business ratepayers only, payable from 1 April 2021 to support businesses in reopening safely as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

All eligible businesses will need to complete a new application for restart grants

To qualify, the business must be a business ratepayer, must have been trading on 1 April 2021 and be in one of the following sectors:

1. Strand 1: Non-essential retail businesses

For the purposes of  this scheme non-essential retail are businesses occupying premises that are open to the public and used wholly or mainly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public.

Check the list of strand 1 eligible businesses.

2. Strand 2: Hospitality, leisure, accommodation, gym and sports, personal care sectors

  • Hospitality Businesses. Businesses whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and/or drink
  • Leisure Businesses. Leisure businesses provide opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming
  • Accommodation. Accommodation businesses provide lodging for holiday, travel and other purposes
  • Gym and Sports. Gym and sport businesses are commercial establishments where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis, using exercise equipment or open floor space with or without instruction, or where individual and group sporting, athletic and physical activities are participated in competitively or recreationally.
  • Personal Care. Personal care businesses provide a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing

Check the list of strand 2 eligible businesses.

Grant levels

Rateable value 1. Non-essential retail business 2. Hospitality, leisure, accommodation, gym and sports, personal care sectors
0 - 15,000 £2,667 £8,000
15,001 - 50,999 £4,000 £12,000
51,000 and over £6,000

£18,000

To be eligible for this grant

  • you must be the registered business ratepayer for the business premises with Cheltenham Borough Council on 1 April 2021
  • you must be trading on 1 April 2021
  • you must be one of the eligible businesses listed for stand 1 - non-essential retail or stand 2 - hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care or gym

Excluded businesses

  • Businesses that are not listed as eligible businesses for stand 1 or strand 2
  • Businesses that are not trading and/or are not registered as the business ratepayer with  Cheltenham Borough Council on 1 April 2021
  • Businesses in administration, insolvent or has been struck off the Companies House register
  • Businesses that have exceeded the permitted subsidy allowance

Subsidy allowance

This scheme is covered by 3 subsidy allowances:

  • Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance – you’re allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of 3 years
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance – you’re allowed up to £1,600,000
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance - if you have reached your limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £9,000,000, provided certain conditions are met

Grants under these 3 allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £10,935,000 (subject to exchange rates).

How to apply for a Restart Grant

To apply for this grant you will need:

  • your business rates account reference which can be found on your business rates bill 2021/22
  • A business bank statement covering the period from 1 March 2021 to 31 March 2021(this will be the account to which the grant payment will be made)
  • Your Company Registration Number (CRN) if applicable
  • Your VAT Registration Number if applicable

You will also need to provide information about the type and size of your business. Please identify your business type from this list before completing the form

What happens next?

All applications will be validated and a decision made as to whether the business is eligible for a grant and how much is payable. Payment will be made by BACS to the nominated bank account after the payment has been approved.

The government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud and any business caught falsifying their statements or evidence to gain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.

Restart grants application form


Covid-19 business grants subsidy allowance

The new domestic subsidy allowance for the Covid-19 business support grants took effect on 4 March 2021. Applications made prior to that date are subject to the previous state aid rules. The new subsidy allowance scheme is covered by 3 subsidy allowances:

  • Small amounts of financial assistance allowance – you’re allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of 3 years
  • Covid-19 business grant allowance – you’re allowed up to £1,600,000
  • Covid-19 business grant special allowance - if you have reached your limits

Under the small amounts of financial assistance allowance and Covid-19 business grant allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £9,000,000, provided certain conditions are met.

Grants under these 3 allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £10,935,000 (subject to exchange rates).

Further information can be found in the government’s guidance for each grant scheme