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Coronavirus: Local Restrictions Business Support Grants

There are currently two grant schemes available to businesses during the period of national restrictions.

  • A national scheme provided by a Local Restrictions Support Grant is for businesses who receive a rates bill from the Council and are required to close during the current lockdown restrictions. A single grant to cover the four-week period will be paid to each eligible business. Businesses with more than one qualifying property will receive more than one grant.
  • A discretionary scheme provided by an Additional Restrictions Grant is for businesses who do not receive a rates bill from the Council but required to close during the current lockdown restrictions or businesses who are not required to close but nevertheless severely impacted by the restrictions.

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 Additional Restrictions Grants must be submitted by 14 December 2020

Local Restrictions Grant (National scheme)

Eligibility

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. These businesses are eligible for this scheme because their substantive business has 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.

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 (see below)
  • Business which are subject to insolvency or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme

Check the list of businesses that are required to close on the government's website

How much is the national scheme grant?

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

Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary scheme)

Eligibility

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 (see below)
  • Business which are subject to insolvency or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme

Check the list of businesses that are required to close on the government's website

How much is the discretionary scheme grant?

The rate of payment for eligible businesses 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

All applications will need to be made online.

You will need the following documents available 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

State aid

The Local Restrictions Support Grant counts 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. The Local Restrictions Support Grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.