Coronavirus Information

Grant for businesses required to temporarily close

The government has announced a range of grants for business premises which were forced to close (such as non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses) due to the national lockdown restrictions, between 5 November - 2 December 2020.

  1. Grants for Closed Businesses to support businesses, which pay NNDR (business rates or rate relief)
  2. Discretionary Grants Scheme for small businesses and charities, which don’t pay NND (business rates or rate relief)
  3. Top Up Grants Scheme to provide support for businesses which have been significantly impacted due to the lockdown.

Further details of each scheme is included below:

1. Grants for Closed Businesses to support businesses, which pay NNDR.

The government has announced that business premises forced to close (such as non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses) due to local or national restrictions are to receive grants worth up to £3,000 a month under the local restrictions support grant (closed).

They are:

  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the widespread national restrictions will receive a payment of £1,334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the widespread national restrictions will receive a payment of £2,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
  • Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the widespread national restrictions, will receive £3,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period

You can look up the rateable value of your business (GOV.UK)

Please note: This grant is for businesses who pay business rates only (or receive business rate relief). A grant scheme for those businesses who do not pay business rates (or receive rate relief) will be launched shortly.

How do I claim this grant?

The application process for the local restriction support grant (for businesses told to temporarily close) is now open. Harborough District Council will distribute this grant.

All applications must be made online please, at grantapproval.co.uk

Choose the option 'Grants for Businesses'

As you will be required to upload evidence, we will not be able to consider other forms of applications.

Prior to starting your application, you may find it easier if you have your business rates property reference number available and the following electronic documents to hand:

For an incorporated company (all evidence must be in the company name):

Financial evidence

  • Extract of company accounts ( only if the company has been trading for less than 12 months or accounts not submitted within the last  12 months  to Companies House )
  • Business bank statement 

Business trading evidence (chose one of these)

  • Delivery note
  • Expenses/sales receipt
  • Purchase order 

Business utility bills (chose two from the following list)

  • Electric bill
  • Gas bill
  • Landline phone
  • Water bill

For a non-incorporated company:

Financial evidence

  • Business bank statement
  • Extract of trading accounts (Profit and Loss)

Business trading evidence (chose one of the following that is in the business name)

  • Delivery note 
  • Expenses/sales receipt
  • Purchase order

Identity (one of the following required)

  • Drivers licence
  • Passport 

Business utility bills (Chose two from the following list that are in the business name )

  • Electricity bill
  • Gas bill
  • Landline phone
  • Water bill

If you receive an error message whilst completing your application, which you believe to be incorrect, please email Covid-19grants@hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk including the error code and local authority name (Harborough District Council) in the subject heading.

FAQs: grant for businesses required to temporarily close 

Additional restrictions grants

2. Discretionary Grants Scheme for small businesses and charities, which don’t pay NNDR, was launched in late November and is open to the following businesses within the following categories, which were required to close as part of the second national lockdown between 5 November - 2 December 2020. The eight eligibility categories are as follows:

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces
  • Regular market traders with ongoing property costs
  • Bed & Breakfasts which pay council tax.
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief
  • Independent Tourism businesses
  • Independent Food and Drink businesses.
  • Creative Industry businesses.
  • Independent Agriculture businesses.

The scheme provides fixed grants of £1,122 for eligible businesses. Whilst a specific closing date has not been set for applications, in order to guarantee that grants are paid before Christmas, businesses are requested to apply by 16 December. Any applications received after this date will be processed in the New Year. 

To apply, please go to: https://grantapproval.co.uk/ then select:

  • Grants for Businesses
  • Register now
  • Local Schemes
  • Pick the sector that best represents your business

 

3. Top Up Grants Scheme - Recognising that there may be businesses which are not eligible for either of the above grant’s schemes, the plan is to launch a Top Up Grants Scheme in the New Year. This will provide opportunities for businesses which have been significantly impacted due to the lockdown to seek support, subject to certain criteria. If businesses are interested in being contacted when this scheme is launched, please register their interest by sending an email to: covid19discretionarygrantsupport@harborough.gov.uk