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Coronavirus: Business Support Grants

Last updated: 1 April 2021

In response to the impact that local and national COVID-19 restrictions have had on the economy, the Government has provided Horsham District Council grant funding to help businesses which have been most affected.

Business grant funding schemes are set by the Government and administered by the Council. Information is added to this page when it becomes available.

The following schemes are currently available:

Further information on each of the schemes is provided below. Please read this before applying to check your eligibility and to ensure you apply for the correct scheme.

Applications for any scheme should be online through the Horsham Grant Approval web portal.

If you experience issues using the portal link please email HDC-businessgrants@milton-keynes.gov.uk

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Restart grants from 1 April 2021

A restart grant is a one-off grant funding scheme from 1 April 2021 to provide support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England.

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

Eligibility

The Restart Grant scheme is for businesses on the ratings list only.

Businesses must have been trading on 1 April 2021 to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme. Details on how we decide of a business is trading can be found on page 8 (points 24 and 25) of the Government guidance document

Businesses must be involved in one of the following activities:

  • Non Essential Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Leisure
  • Accommodation
  • Gym & Sports
  • Personal Care

Further details on which business are included and excluded in each of the above can be found on page 9 and 10 (points 28-49) of the Government guidance document

Further exclusions to all grant eligibility

  • Businesses that are not within the ratings system will not be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding (a potential total allowance of £10,935,000 taking into account all grants previously received under the COVID-19 business grants schemes) Further information on subsidy allowance is available on pages 17-20 (points 91-105) and page 24 (Annex B) of the Government guidance document
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

How much will you receive?

Strand 1 of the Restart Grant will support non-essential retail premises.

The following 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 1 April 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 1 April 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 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000

Strand 2 of the Restart Grant will support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business.

The following 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 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000

If a business operates services that could be considered non-essential and also fall into another category, such as hospitality in the higher funding threshold, the main service can be determined by assessing which category constitutes 50% or more of their overall business.

The Restart Grant is a one-off payment.

The application closure date for this scheme is 30 June 2021 and final payments must be made by 31 July 2021.

Apply for a grant

Additional Restrictions Grant (Horsham Discretionary Scheme) 1 April to 30 June 2021

Your business may be eligible if:

  • you are not entitled to a Restart Grant as you are not responsible for payment of business rates, and
  • you were open and trading the day before national restrictions were imposed, and
  • you were required to close under national restrictions (These businesses will include those that occupy shared business space, market traders, stall holders etc), and
  • you are having to pay unavoidable fixed property costs during the period of restrictions

You may also be entitled if your business

  • was open and trading the day before national restrictions were imposed, and
  • was not legally forced to close but is are nonetheless severely impacted by the national restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID19 (These businesses will include those that provide products and services to the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors, or businesses in the events sector, that have been forced to close during the national restrictions), and
  • you are having to pay unavoidable fixed property costs during the period of restrictions

Exclusions

This grant will not be paid to the following:

  • Business premises which were already closed directly before the restrictions were imposed
  • Periods of impact outside of the national restrictions’ dates
  • Claims that do not demonstrate fixed property costs payable by the business, this does not include employee costs.
  • Businesses with a registered address outside of Horsham District Council area.  The business will need to be trading within the Horsham District Council area.
  • Businesses which have already reached the Subsidy Allowance limit. Further information on subsidy allowance is available on pages 17-20 (points 91-105) and page 24 (Annex B) of the Government guidance document
  • Business which are subject to insolvency or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme

How much is the discretionary scheme grant?

The rate of payment for eligible businesses during the easing of lockdown restrictions (1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021) will be between £400 and £18,000.

For full details on eligible business types, see page 9 and 10 (points 28-49) of the Government guidance document

  • For eligible taxi drivers’ grants will be £400 for the period
  • For eligible market traders/small homebased business grants will be £1,000 for the period
  • For businesses with a rateable value or property costs (if no rateable value) of £15,000 or under, grants will be £2,667 for non-essential retail and £ 8,000 for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care & gym businesses
  • For businesses with a rateable value or property costs (if no rateable value) of more than £15,000 and below £51,000, grants will be £4,000 for non-essential retail and £ 12,000 for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care & gym businesses
  • For properties with a rateable value or property costs (if no rateable value) of £51,000 or over, grants will be £6,000 for non-essential retail and £ 18,000 for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care & gym businesses

Apply for a grant

State Aid

Grant payments count towards state aid.

Payments count towards the total de minimis State aid you’re allowed to get over a 3-year period - €200,000. If you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework. The limit for the framework is €800,000.

If you proceed to make an application we will ask you to complete a declaration confirming that you will not exceed the relevant State aid threshold.

Tax implications

Grant income received by a business is taxable and will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.