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Grant support for businesses affected by coronavirus restrictions

Due to the coronavirus restrictions in place, the government has introduced and extended business support grants.

This page was updated on 23 February 2021. 

Businesses in Greater Manchester that have been forced to close or have suffered a significant loss of trade due to local or national COVID-19 restrictions may still be entitled to grant funding. This includes grants for loss of earning from restrictions in 2020.

Eligible businesses include, but are not limited to, the ones outlined below as several councils are expanding the scope of their discretionary schemes to support even more businesses impacted by COVID-19. To see which grants are available in your area, visit your local council’s website.

To see which grants are available in your area and to apply, please click on your Local Authority below. 

 

Bolton

·        Bolton Council – Grants

Bury

·        Bury Council – Business grants

Manchester  

·        Manchester City Council – Grants

Oldham

·        Oldham Council – Grants

·        Oldham Council – Christmas Support Payment

Rochdale

·        Rochdale Council – Grants

Salford

·        Salford Council – Grants 

Stockport

·        Stockport Council – Local Restrictions Support Grants

·        Stockport Council – Discretionary Grants Scheme 

·         Stockport Council – Micro-business support grant

·        Stockport Council – Support scheme for large strategic employers

·        Stockport Council – Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

Tameside

·        Tameside Council – Local Restrictions Support Grant Fund (Closed), Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) and Christmas Support Payment for ‘wet-led’ pubs

·        Tameside Council – Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) Fund & Additional Restrictions Grant Fund

 

Trafford

·        Trafford Council – Grants (for closed businesses)

·        Trafford Council – Grants (for open businesses) 

·        Trafford Council – Additional Restrictions (Discretionary) Grant Scheme

·        Trafford Council – Christmas support payment for wet-led pubs

Wigan

·        Wigan Council – Grants 

COVID-19 Business Support Grants

An overview of the different grants available at a national and local level can be seen below. All grants will be allocated through the Local Authorities, so we recommend you check your Local Authority for their application-specific requirements and dates. 


1. Closed Business Lockdown Payment (One-off top-up grants to support businesses through to the Spring) - This scheme will close for applications on 31 March 2021

Businesses that have been required to close due to national restrictions imposed by the government as of 5 January 2021, may be eligible for a one-off grant of up to £9,000. These will be administered by Local Authorities. 

Businesses that are eligible include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses. Full details on eligibility are available through the government website.

The one-off top-ups will be granted to closed businesses as follows:

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

These will be provided in addition to the first Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Closed) Addendum) payment seen below.

2. Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Closed) Addendum)

Businesses required to close due to national restrictions imposed by the government may be eligible for a cash grant from their local council for each period of national restrictions. This could include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

Note: All bars and pubs required to close due to national restrictions are eligible for a grant under the LRSG (Closed) Addendum. If they choose to operate as a takeaway, click and collect or online with delivery services they will be counted as closed because their substantive business has had to close.

Full details on eligibility are available through the government website.

How much funding will be provided to businesses?

First payment cycle: 5 January - 15 February 2021 

  • Businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £2,001 for this 42-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £3,000 for this 42-day qualifying restriction period
  • Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, will receive £4,500 for this 42-day qualifying restriction period.

Second payment cycle: 16 February - 31 March 2021

  • Businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £2,096 for this 44-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £3,143 for this 44-day qualifying restriction period
  • Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, will receive £4,714 for this 44-day qualifying restriction period.

How to apply?

To apply for the grant, businesses should visit their local council’s website

 

3. Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG): 

This grant funding aims to support:

  • businesses outside the business rates system, which are effectively forced to close
  • businesses which while not legally forced to close are severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of Covid-19 (ex. businesses that supply the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors, or businesses in the events sector)

On 5 January, the Chancellor announced that a further £500 million will be made available for Local Authorities to support businesses not eligible for other grants, that may be affected by the restrictions.

Eligibility criteria for this scheme are at the discretion of local councils.

How much funding will be provided to businesses?

The amount of funding provided under the ARG grant scheme will be determined by local councils  

How to apply?

To apply for the grant, businesses should visit their local council’s website

 

4. Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs (CSP) - The deadline for applications has been extended to 28 February 2021.

On December 1, the Prime Minister announced that pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than provide food (i.e pubs that derive less than 50% of their income from sales of food) in areas under Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions will be eligible for a one-off £1,000 cash grant in December 2020. Local authorities will be responsible for distributing the grants and eligible businesses will be able to apply on their website once the scheme has been set up. 

5. Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Closed)):

Grant support for businesses that are required to close under Local Covid Alert Level ‘Very High’ restrictions (Tier 3). From December 2, LRSG Closed also supports eligible businesses that are required to close under the new Tier 2 restrictions.

LRSG (Closed) Addendum - Tier 4: Grant support for businesses that are required to close due to Tier 4 restrictions. The thresholds that apply to LRSG (Closed) apply to this addendum.


How much funding will be provided to businesses?

  • Small businesses with a rateable value of or below £15,000 will be able to claim £667 per two weeks of closure;
  • Medium-sized businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000 will be able to claim £1,000 per two weeks of closure; and
  • Larger businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above will be able to claim £1500 per two weeks of closure 

 
How to apply?

To apply for the grant, businesses should visit their local council’s website

 

6. Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Open)):

Grant support for businesses that are open but have been severely impacted by Local Covid Alert Level ‘High’ (Tier 2) and ‘Very High’ (Tier 3) restrictions. This scheme is primarily aimed at hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast and leisure businesses.

How much funding will be provided to businesses and how can you apply?

  • Local Authorities will set out the scope of this discretionary grant scheme on their website.

7. Local Restrictions Support Grant (LSRG (Sector)):

Grant support for businesses that have been required to close nationally since 23 March 2020 and have not been able to reopen (i.e. nightclubs, dance halls and others). This funding does not cover the period March 2020 - October 2020 and is only valid from November 1 2020.

How much funding will be provided to businesses?

  • Small businesses with a rateable value of or below £15,000 will be able to claim £667 per two weeks of closure;
  • Medium sized businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000 will be able to claim £1,000 per two weeks of closure; and
  • Larger businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above will be able to claim £1500 per two weeks of closure 

How to apply?

To apply for the grant, businesses should visit their local council’s website.

Please note that phishing emails seeking to target those eligible for the extended business support grants have recently been reported. Guidance on recognising phishing emails and texts has been published by the government and additional resources are available through our dedicated Cyber crime awareness during the Coronavirus outbreak page. 

 

More information is available on the UK Government’s Coronavirus Business Support website. For more personalised advice call us on: 0161 237 4128 or email us at: BGH@growthco.uk 

 

The information provided is meant as a general guide only rather than advice or assurance. GC Business Growth Hub does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information and professional guidance should be sought on all aspects of business planning and responses to the coronavirus. Use of this guide and toolkit are entirely at the risk of the user. Any hyperlinks from this document are to external resources not connected to the GC Business Growth Hub and The Growth Company is not responsible for the content within any hyperlinked site.

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