Business support grants

Grants which are no longer available

Additional Restrictions Grants (Discretionary)

This grant scheme is discretionary and was open for applications to both businesses rated (you receive a business rates bill) and non-business rated businesses with fixed business premises.

  • If you do not have fixed business premises you were not eligible.
  • A business run from a domestic dwelling was not eligible.

The government is encouraging these funds to be used to support businesses which have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions, particularly the Omicron variant.

Funding is very limited and will be targeted at those that have been impacted the most and had the least grant support in the past.

Full eligibility criteria

  • If you have already received an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) this year, you will not be entitled to an Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) as well.
  • If you applied for an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) and were unsuccessful, you may be entitled to an Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) if you meet the criteria.

The following payment thresholds apply to successful applicants:

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £2,667.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £4,000.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over will receive a payment of £6,000.

Non-business rated applicants will receive the equivalent awards based on fixed property costs for which evidence will be required.

Application deadlines

The closing date for all applications was be 20 February 2022. Grant payments will be made no later than 31 March 2022.

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure scheme grant payment was a one-off payment which was applicable to:

  • Business rated businesses – you receive a business rate bill.
  • The applicant must be the rate payer named on the business rates bill.
  • The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure scheme will provide one-off grants of up to £6,000. 

The following payment thresholds apply for these businesses:

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 30 December 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 30 December 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 30 December 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.

Application deadlines

The government require decisions and pre-payment verification checks on application details and bank accounts to be completed by 28 February 2022

To allow sufficient time to complete these checks, the application closing date was 13 February 2022. No applications will be accepted after this date.

Successful applications will be paid as soon as possible and final payments will be made by 31 March 2022.

Restart Grant (April 2021)

The closing date for grant applications was midnight on Wednesday 30 June 2021.

The government provided Restart Grants in England of up to £6,000 per premises for non-essential retail businesses, and up to £18,000 per premises for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses.

The primary principle of the Restart Grant scheme was to support businesses that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises.

Applicants were required to be business rated. This means that you receive a business rates bill in the business name and the business must be classified as one of the sectors listed in the government guidance.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) scheme and the one-off business support lockdown (Jan 2021) payment

The government announced that from 1 April 2021 qualifying applicants for the Local Restrictions Grant (closed) scheme could only receive the second payment cycle covering the period 16 February to 31 March 2021 (44 days). In addition, from 1 April 2021 the one-off business support lockdown (Jan 2021) payment closed to all further applications.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) scheme applied to businesses which were directed to close by the government when Woking moved to Tier 3 on 19 December 2020, or Tier 4 on 20 December 2020, and then national lockdown on 5 January 2021.

Applications received between 1 April 2021 and 31 May (the closing date for second payment cycle applications) were not entitled to the initial payment up to 15 February 2021.

Eligibility criteria:

  • is business rated (the applicant must be the rate payer)
  • open as usual before the restrictions, for example on 4 January  2021
  • required to close due to restrictions imposed by the government.

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

This scheme closed at midnight on 31 May 2021.

National lockdown (5 November to 2 December 2020)

This grant is open to businesses that were open and trading, but which were legally forced to close as a result of the national lockdown from 5 November to 2 December 2020. These were mainly non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

This scheme closed at midnight on 31 March 2021.

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