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Coronavirus: Business Support Grants

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.

There are seven schemes currently available:

Further information on each of the scheme 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.

Business support package from January 5

Grant funding is now available for the National Lockdown period January 5 to February 15.

This funding is available for businesses that have had to close and receive a rates bill.

The rate of payment for businesses will be:

  • Properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under: £6,001 (A £2,001 grant and a £4,000 lockdown payment)
  • Properties with a rateable value of more than £15,000 and less than £51,000: £9,000 (a £3,000 grant and a £6,000 lockdown payment)
  • Properties with a rateable value or £51,000 or over: £13,500 (£4,500 grant and a £9,000 lockdown payment)

Click the button below to begin your application and select Business Support Package from 5 January.

Apply for a grant

Businesses that have had to close but do not receive a rates bill and businesses that can remain open but are struggling can apply for the discretionary scheme. The discretionary scheme is currently being reviewed.

Christmas Support Payment: Wet-led pubs

This is a one-off payment of £1,000 to wet-led pubs in areas under Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions for all or part of the period between 2 and 29 December 2020.

For the purposes of this grant, pubs should under normal circumstances (without local or national restrictions) be described as:

  • open to the general public,
  • allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
  • allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed and
  • permit drinks to be purchased at a bar.

For the purposes of this grant the following are excluded from the definition of a pub: restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos.

To be eligible for a grant, the pub must:

  • fall within the above definition of a pub
  • derive less than 50% of its income from sales of food.
  • have been trading on 30 November 2020 (if the pub was required to close under national lockdown restrictions it is accepted it was still trading

Businesses that are also in receipt of other Local Restrictions Support Grants can also receive this grant.

Exclusions

  • Pubs that derive over 50% of their income from food sales will not be eligible to receive funding through this grant scheme.
  • Businesses in areas moving from Tier 1 to Tier 2 or Tier 3 after 29 December will not be eligible to receive funding.
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State Aid permitted under the de minimis, the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework and all other UK schemes under the terms of the European Commission’s Temporary Framework will not be eligible to receive funding.
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
This scheme will close on 29 December 2020. Final applications must be received by Horsham District Council by 31 January 2021.

Begin your application and select the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs scheme

You will need to have the following documents available as minimum to upload to support your application:

  • proof of identity of sole trader (e.g. passport, driving licence) or limited company (document confirming company name, registered address, company number)
  • bank statement confirming name and address of account holder (this must be dated within the last 3 months)
  • evidence of trading prior to local or national restrictions
  • a copy of the company’s latest accounts as filed with HMRC. These should be dated no later than 31/03/2020. If the business was incorporated after 31/03/2020 provide proof current accounts to date for this tax year.

Apply for a grant

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) - businesses affected by Tier restrictions from 2 December

Businesses that are eligible are those that have been required to close in Tier 2 Local Restrictions which came into effect on 2 December 2020.

It is available to a business running a public house, bar or other business involving the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises, unless alcohol is only served for consumption on the premises as part of a table meal, and the meal is such as might be expected to be served as the main midday or main evening meal, or as a main course at either such meal.

Find further information on businesses subject to restrictions on the government website

During Tier 2 restrictions payments will be made on a rolling 14-day period whilst the restrictions remain in place. The grant amounts will be fixed. Businesses with more than one qualifying property will receive more than one grant. The business must be the named ratepayer on the Business Rates bill.

The rate of payment for a 14 day period is:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under: grants to be £667
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k: grants to be £1,000
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over: grants to be £1,500

You can receive this grant in addition to a grant covering the period of National Restrictions.

Exclusions

This grant will not be paid to the following:

  • businesses who have been able to stay open because they have not been required to close
  • businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant. This includes business premises which were already closed directly before the restrictions were imposed
  • businesses which have already reached the State Aid limit
  • business which are subject to insolvency or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme

Begin your application and select the Grants for closed businesses scheme based on the rateable value of your property

You will need to have the following documents available as minimum to upload to support your application

  • proof of identity of sole trader (e.g. passport, driving licence) or limited company (document confirming company name, registered address, company number)
  • bank statement confirming name and address of account holder (this must be dated within the last 3 months)
  • evidence of trading on 4 November 2020
  • evidence to confirm property was occupied (e.g. utility bills)

Apply for a grant

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) - businesses in hospitality, accommodation and leisure affected by Tier restrictions

This scheme will provide financial support to businesses in Horsham linked to the hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure sectors affected by the Tier 2 local restrictions which came into place on 2 December 2020.

To be eligible for a grant under this scheme the business must:

  • be a hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast or leisure businesses (a list of eligible business is shown below), and
  • be continuing to trade during the period of restrictions, and
  • demonstrate that the business income has been severely impacted by the restrictions on socialising that are in place during Tier 2 and Tier 3 and
  • have to pay unavoidable fixed property costs during the period of restrictions

Eligible Business types

The use of the premises must be wholly or mainly for one of the following purposes to qualify for the grant.

Hospitality

  • restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, public houses, bars, social clubs, clubs and clubhouses, corporate event and wedding caterers and organisers
  • businesses whose main operations is a ‘takeaway’ are not eligible for this grant as they have generally not been as severally impacted by the local restrictions
  • businesses whose main operation is a café, restaurant or pub and which offer a takeaway or click and collect service are eligible for a grant
  • hotels, bed and breakfast, guest houses and serviced apartments qualify
  • gymnasiums, sports grounds, sports facilities, health clubs, fitness clubs/centres, spas, casinos, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, public halls, arenas, bingo halls, amusement arcades, bowling alleys, snooker clubs, skate parks, entertainment venues, farm parks, adventure activities, riding schools, scout and guide huts, cadet huts, conference and exhibition centre, coach tour operators

Hotels and Holiday Accommodation

  • hotels, bed and breakfast, guest houses and serviced apartments qualify
  • Airbnb accommodation is not eligible for this scheme

Leisure

  • gymnasiums, sports grounds, sports facilities, health clubs, fitness clubs/centres, spas, casinos, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, public halls, arenas, bingo halls, amusement arcades, bowling alleys, snooker clubs, skate parks, entertainment venues, farm parks, adventure activities, riding schools, scout and guide huts, cadet huts, conference and exhibition centre, coach tour operators
  • Nightclubs and adult entertainment venues closed by national restrictions are not eligible for this scheme. They should apply through the Local Restrictions (Sector) Scheme

Exclusions

  • businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.
  • businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
  • businesses that were not trading prior to the first full day of restrictions coming into effect , unless they were required to be closed prior to that day .
  • for the avoidance of doubt grants from this scheme are not available to shops (whether deemed essential or not) takeaways and homebased businesses unless business related fixed property costs can be demonstrated.

Grant award

The Premises must be used wholly or mainly for the prescribed activity to qualify for the grant. One grant per period may be claimed for each eligible rateable business.

  • Rateable value £15,000 and under or for a business that does not receive a rates bill annual rent/mortgage payment of more than £3,000 and up to and including £15,000: £800 for the qualifying restriction period
  • Eligible businesses with a rateable value, or for a business that does not receive a rates bill annual rent/mortgage payment, of more than £15,000 but below £51,000: £1,200 for the qualifying restriction period
  • Eligible businesses with a rateable value or for a business that does not receive a rates bill annual rent/mortgage payment, of £51,000 and above: £1,800 for the qualifying restriction period

The funding provided by the Government is fixed for this scheme and payments will only be made whilst funding remains available.

The grant is available to eligible businesses for the period 2 December 2020 to 25 December 2020.

Begin your application and select the Grants for Open Businesses during Local Restrictions

You will need to have the following documents available as minimum to upload to support your application

  • proof of identity of sole trader (e.g. passport, driving licence) or limited company (document confirming company name, registered address, company number)
  • bank statement confirming name and address of account holder (this must be dated within the last 3 months)
  • evidence of trading prior to local or national restrictions

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) – businesses affected by November national restrictions

Businesses that are eligible are those that have been required to close by Government during the period of national restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020 and include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

A single grant to cover the 4 week period will be paid to each eligible business. The grant amounts will be fixed. Businesses with more than one qualifying property will receive more than one grant. The business must be the named ratepayer on the Business Rates bill.

Your business may be eligible if it:

  • occupies property on which it pays business rates, and
  • it was open and trading on 4 November 2020, and
  • has been required to close for at least 4 weeks because of the national lockdown, or
  • has adapted their business to offer Takeaway or 'Click and Collect' products because their substantive business had to close. This will include, for example, a restaurant who can no longer receive seated guests but has instead moved towards providing takeaway food collection or deliveries.

The rate of payment for eligible businesses will be:

  • for properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under: grants will be £1,334 for the four weeks
  • for properties with a rateable value of more than £15,000 and below £51,000: grants will be £2,000 for the four weeks
  • for properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over: grants will be £3,000 for the four weeks

Exclusions

This grant will not be paid to the following:

  • businesses who have been able to stay open because they have not been required to close
  • businesses whose substantive business is a take away
  • businesses that are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors)
  • businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant. This includes business premises which were already closed directly before the restrictions were imposed
  • businesses which have already reached the State Aid limit
  • business which are subject to insolvency or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme

Begin your application and select the National Restrictions Grant scheme based on the rateable value of your property

You will need to have the following documents available as minimum to upload to support your application

  • proof of identity of sole trader (e.g. passport, driving licence) or limited company (document confirming company name, registered address, company number)
  • bank statement confirming name and address of account holder (this must be dated within the last 3 months)
  • evidence of trading on 4 November 2020
  • evidence to confirm property was occupied (e.g. utility bills)

Apply for a grant

Local Restrictions Support Grant (sector) - nightclubs, adult entertainment venues and similar

This is a mandatory grant which is applicable for the period from 1 November to 4 November 2020 and from 2 December 2020 whilst Government restrictions require the business to be closed.

The grant is intended to support businesses that have been required to close nationally since 23 March 2020, such business are:

  • Nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques
  • Adult entertainment venues and hostess bars

The level of grant payment will be dependent on the rateable value of the premises occupied by the business as shown below:

  • Rateable value £15,000 and under: £667 per 14 day qualifying restriction period
  • Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000: £1,000 per 14 day qualifying restriction period.
  • Rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above: £1,500 per 14 day qualifying restriction period

* A pro rata amount will be awarded for the period 1 to 4 November 2020 (4 days).

The business must be the named ratepayer on the Business Rates bill.

During the period of national restrictions (5 November 2020 to 2 December) eligible businesses in this category should also apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant for national restrictions.

Exclusions

This grant will not be paid to the following:

  • businesses who have been able to stay open because they have not been required to close
  • you have re-opened as another type of business (for example, changing a nightclub to a bar)
  • businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant. This includes business premises which were already closed directly before the restrictions were imposed
  • businesses which have already reached the State Aid limit
  • business which are subject to insolvency or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme

If you think you may be eligible for a grant under this category please contact us at HDC_revenues@milton-keynes.gov.uk

Apply for a grant

Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary Scheme)

Your business may be eligible if:

  • you are not entitled to Local Restriction Support Grant scheme 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 are now 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
  • is 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 DC area.
  • Businesses which have already reached the State Aid limit
  • 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 national restrictions will be between £250 and £3,000,

  • For eligible taxi drivers’ grants will be £250 for the four weeks
  • For eligible market traders/stall holder grants will be £500 for the four weeks
  • For businesses with a rateable value or property costs (if no rateable value) of £15,000 or under, grants will be £1,334 for the four weeks
  • 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 £2,000 for the four weeks
  • For properties with a rateable value or property costs (if no rateable value) of £51,000 or over, grants will be £3,000 for the four weeks

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.