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This scheme supports businesses that were open as usual, providing services in person to customers from their business premises, but which were then required by law to close for 27 days due to national lockdown restrictions imposed by government.

Any applications for the latest Closed Addendum period, from 16 February 2021 must be received by 31 May 21.

  • National lockdown (5 Nov 20 to 1st Dec 20) – a single grant to cover the 28 day period will be paid to each eligible business. The grant amounts will be fixed. If you have more than one qualifying property you may apply to receive more than one grant.
  • Tier 4 (19 December 2020 to 4 January 2021)
  • 5 January 21 to 15 February 21 – a single grant to cover the 42 day period
  • 16 February 21 to 31 March 21 –  a single grant to cover the 44 day period

What you will get

  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, you will receive a cash grant of £1,334 per 27-day qualifying restriction period.
  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of above £15,000 and below £51,000, you will receive a cash grant of £2,000 per 27-day qualifying period.
  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you will receive a cash grant of £3,000 per 27-day qualifying period.

Grants are based on the rateable value of the property on the first full day of the national lockdown restrictions.

Eligibility

Businesses that are eligible are those that have been required to close by Government and include:

  • non-essential retail
  • leisure
  • personal care
  • sports facilities
  • hospitality businesses

This could also include businesses that operate primarily as an in-person venue, but which have been forced to close those services and provide a takeaway-only or click and collect service instead.

Your business may be eligible if it:

  • occupies property on which it pays business rates
  • has been required to close because of national restrictions that resulted in a first full day of closure on 5 November 2020
  • has been required to close because of the lockdown (This includes businesses, such as nightclubs, that were forced to closed from 23 March 2020)
  • has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises

Exclusions

  • businesses which are able to continue to operate during the lockdown because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from their premises
  • businesses that have chosen to close, but have not been required to close by law as part of a national lockdown
  • businesses that have reached the state aid limit/subsidy allowance limit
  • businesses that are not the ratepayer
  • businesses that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made are not eligible for this scheme

Any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the hereditament) after the first full day of national restrictions and business closures regulations came into force including changes which have been backdated to this date, will be ignored for the purposes of eligibility.

Portsmouth City Council will not adjust, pay or recover grants where the rating list is subsequently amended retrospectively to the date that national restrictions began. In cases where it was factually clear to the Council on 5 November 2020 that the rating list was inaccurate on that date, the Council may withhold the grant and/or award the grant based on its view of who would have been entitled to the grant had the list been accurate. This is entirely at the discretion of Portsmouth City Council, and is only intended to prevent manifest errors. This discretion cannot and therefore will not be used if it was not factually clear to the Council on 5 November 2020 that the rating list was not accurate.

To Apply

You can now apply for this grant online.

View more on the government website.