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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 01 April 2021. 

Businesses in Greater Manchester that have been forced to close or have suffered a significant loss of trade due to COVID-19 restrictions may be entitled to grant funding.

Eligible businesses include, but are not limited to, the ones outlined below.  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

Rochdale

·        Rochdale Council – Grants

Salford

·        Salford Council – Grants 

Stockport

·        Stockport Council – Restart Grants

·        Stockport Council – Local Restrictions Support Grants

·        Stockport Council – Discretionary Grants Scheme 

Tameside

·        Tameside Council – Restart Grants and Local Restrictions Support Grant Fund (Closed)

·       Tameside Council – Additional Restrictions Grant Fund (for domestic & commercial based businesses and Tameside Taxi licence holders)

Trafford

·        Trafford Council – Grants

·        Trafford Council – Additional Restrictions Grants for taxi drivers

Wigan

·        Wigan Council – Grants 

 

COVID-19 Business Support Grants

An overview of the different grants available 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. Restart Grant (RG) scheme 

The new one-off restart grants will help businesses emerge from lockdown and safely relaunch trading over the coming months.

Eligibility 

  • To be eligible, businesses must have been trading on 1 April 2021. 
  • The one-off grants will only be provided to businesses on the ratings list 
  • Eligibility will be defined by sector. Larger grants will be available for those sectors that open later under the roadmap or that are more impacted by restrictions when they do open.

For further information on eligibility, please visit the government website

How much funding will be provided to businesses?

Strand One

For non-essential retail:

  • £2,667 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under 
  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000 
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over

Strand Two 

For hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses:

  • £8,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £12,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £18,000 for businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over

Key points to consider

  • Businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible hereditament. This means that some businesses may receive more than one grant where they have more than one eligible hereditament.
  • If a business operates services that could be considered non-essential and also fall into another category, such as hospitality their main service will determine which threshold of funding they receive. Businesses will need to declare their main service. This can be determined by assessing which category constitutes 50% or more of their overall business. 
  • Applications for this scheme will close on 30 June 2021.

How to apply? 

Businesses can apply for the grant through their local council’s website

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?

Second payment cycle: 16 February - 31 March 2021
The application closing date is 31 May 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
  • businesses that have not received wider grant support
  • businesses severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID-19 

Businesses such as freelancers, market traders, close contact service providers like wedding hairdressers and makeup artists without fixed premises, tour operators and B&Bs are all further examples of business types in scope for these grants.

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.

In the 2021 Budget, the government announced that an additional £425 million of discretionary business grant funding will be made available to Local Authorities to distribute to businesses that are not eligible for the new restart grants. 

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

 

Please note that phishing emails seeking to target those eligible for the extended business support grants have 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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