Grants to support businesses affected by COVID-19
The following grants for certain businesses affected by Covid-19 are currently available.
- Business restart grants
- Additional restrictions grant - discretionary scheme (closed 31/03/21)
- Local restrictions support grant (closed) for businesses legally required to remain closed during lockdown 3 (16 February - 31 March)**
Closing date for grants
**Grant type 3 Period 16 February – 31 March 2021 will close for applications on 30 April 2021. Providing an application is received by this date the grant payment can be made up to 31 May 2021
1) Business restart grants
All businesses will need to complete a new application for restart grants. We are not able to accept applications until 14 April 2021. Please do not complete the application form below which is for Local restrictions support grants only. It does not collect the required information for restart grants and so cannot be processed.
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.
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. 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.
2. Hospitality, leisure, accommodation, gym & 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
|Rateable value||1. Non-essential retail business||2. Hospitality, leisure, accommodation, gym & 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||
How to apply
Details on how to apply will on this page shortly. Please do not apply now
3) Local restrictions support grant (closed) for businesses legally required to remain closed during lockdown 3 (5 January 2021 onwards)
Period 5 January – 15 February
This grant closes for applications on 31 March 2021. Providing an application is received by this date the grant payment can be made up to 30 April 2021
Period 16 February – 31 March 2021
This grant closes for applications on 30 April 2021. Providing an application is received by this date the grant payment can be made up to 31 May 2021
Grants are available for businesses that are forced to close due to the national restrictions from 5 January 2021 (Please also read the details for 5) Closed Business Lockdown payment as both grants will be paid to eligible businesses).
To be eligible:
- you must be the business ratepayer for the business premises and be registered for business rates with Cheltenham Borough Council
- you must have been trading prior to the start of the national lockdown from 5 January 2021
- you must be a non-essential business that legally has to close during the period of national lockdown (you are still eligible if for this grant if you continued to trade through click-and-collect, delivery or takeaway during this period)
You cannot receive grant funding if:
- you have chosen to close but have not been legally required to close by the government
- your usual (pre-lockdown) primary method of trading is as a takeaway
- you have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State Aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework – grant payments count towards the total de minimis State Aid you’re allowed to get over a 3-year period which is 200,000 euros – if you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the Covid-19 Temporary Framework -the limit for the Temporary Framework is 800,000 euros
- your business was an undertaking in difficulty (within the meaning of Article 2 (18) of the General Block Exemption Regulation) on the 31 December 2019
- your business is in administration, insolvent, or is subject to a striking off notice
- you are not a Cheltenham Borough Council business rates payer
Grants are based on the rateable value of the property and initially one grant is payable for the first 6 week period of the lockdown. (42 days from 05/01/21 - 15/02/21)
- Businesses occupying properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under can get a grant payment of £2,001
- Businesses occupying properties with a rateable value between £15,001 and £50,999 can get a grant payment of £3,000
- Businesses occupying properties with a rateable value of £51,000 and over can get a grant payment of £4,500
Grants for the second payment cycle (44 days from 16/02/21 – 31/03/21)
- Businesses occupying properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under can get a grant payment of £2,096
- Businesses occupying properties with a rateable value between £15,001 and £50,999 can get a grant payment of £3,143
- Businesses occupying properties with a rateable value of £51,000 and over can get a grant payment of £4,714
How to apply for Local restrictions support grant (closed) scheme (lockdown 5 January 2021 onwards)
You now only need to make one application per business property in respect of this grant and any of the other grants detailed on this page. The form will capture the information we need to verify to be able to make grant payments to your business
To apply for this grant you will need:
- Your business rates account reference which can be found on your business rates bill 2020/21
- If you have previously applied for a grant please quote the 6 digit reference which starts 77
- A business bank statement covering the period from 1 December 2020 or your latest bank statement, within the last three months (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 an explanation of how your business has been severely impacted by the restrictions
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.
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