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Business support grants

Grants which are no longer available

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.

Additional Restrictions Grants (discretionary)

This Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme was discretionary and open for applications from both business rated and non-business rated businesses.

The government encouraged these funds to be used to support businesses which had been severely impacted by the Covid-19 restrictions.

This scheme closed at midnight on 26 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.

Keep up-to-date

We also keep local businesses up to date about grants, other support and resources via our Woking Works business enewsletter.

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