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The application window for support for the national lockdown period of 5 November to 1 December 2020 closed on Friday 8 January 2021 at 9am.

Further funding application windows will be opening soon to enable you to apply for further support for the local and national restriction periods that have been in place since 5 November 2020.

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This grant is available for businesses that are not business ratepayers and have been either required to close by law or have been severely impacted. For example:

  • businesses that supply the retail, hospitality, leisure sectors, or
  • businesses in the events sector

It is also available for businesses that are business ratepayers. While not required to close by law these businesses may have been severely impacted. For example:

  • businesses that supply the retail, hospitality, leisure sectors, or
  • businesses in the events sector

Only one application will be accepted per business for each restriction period.

Businesses that are eligible to receive a grant from Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) scheme or from Local Restriction Support Grant (Open) scheme will not normally be eligible.

The scheme is designed to help support businesses with their unavoidable fixed costs. This scheme is not designed to be a substitute for wages as support for wage costs can be gained through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

What you will get

If your business is eligible the value of the grant you will receive will recompense towards the monthly cost of evidenced eligible fixed costs up to a maximum grant of £3,000.

Grants will be awarded according to a scale which relates to the extent of the businesses reduction in income for this period.

Eligibility

Businesses that are eligible are those that have

  • either had to close by law or
  • have been severely impacted due to being in the supply chain of businesses forced to close by law as a direct result of the restrictions imposed over the period from 5 November 2020 onwards.

To be eligible the business will need to incur fixed costs that include at least one of the following;

  • rent
  • business rates
  • storage costs
  • mooring fees
  • mortgage costs
  • use of home as office
  • council tax
  • hire purchase
  • lease costs
  • license costs
  • business insurance

Other costs will not be deemed as eligible.

Full guidance on the fund will be available when the application windows are open.

View more on the government website.