The government has announced a range of grants for businesses which were forced to close or have been severly effected by local and national restrictions. The range of business support grants will change from time to time and this information will be updated on a regular basis.
Please note that businesses can only receive one grant in relation to any one time period, i.e. you can only receive one grant for the national lockdown (5 November – 2 December).
1. Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG Closed) Addendum – (between 5 November - 2 December 2020) to support business, 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 the national lockdown are to receive grants worth up to £3,000 a month.
2. Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG-closed) (Tier 3 Restrictions payments)
The LRSG-closed scheme aims to help hospitality businesses including pubs, restaurants, cafes and social clubs as well as hotels, B&B’s, guest houses, indoor entertainment and visitor attractions that were told to close to the public from the start of the national restrictions on 5 November and then remain closed from 2 December under the tier three restrictions.
Grant applications are now open for businesses that were required to close due to tier 4 restrictions (31 December to 4 January). This is for business who are registered for business rates.
Harborough District was in Tier 4 from Thursday 31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021. All businesses who qualified for the Local Restrictions Support Grant for the November national restrictions will be contacted and asked to confirm they wish to apply for the new grant using the information they have previously provided in order to help to speed up the processing of your application. You will be required to sign a declaration confirming that the circumstances of the business remain the same.
National Lockdown Grant payments to cover a 6-week period from 5 January 2021.
The deadline for this support payment has been extended to 28 February 2021. The Christmas Support Payment is a government grant for ‘wet-led’ pubs to support pubs within Harborough District. The grant is for pubs that mainly serve alcohol rather than provide food, in recognition that they have been severely impacted over the festive season due to temporary local restrictions.
6. Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG)
a ) (ARG) Discretionary Grants Scheme - for small businesses and charities, which don’t pay NNDR, was launched in late November and is open to the businesses within certain categories, which were required to close or were severely impacted as part of covid restrictions from 5 November 2020 through to 21 February 2021.
b) (ARG) Round 2 - Hardship Top Up Grants Scheme - this grant scheme is an open call to businesses that have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and are at risk of ceasing trading or dissolving. If you have received grants already, you can still be considered for this grant. Applications are open now and will close on Monday 15 March 2021.
Apply through the https://www.grantapproval.co.uk/ website. Once you have logged into the system, please select 'Harborough' as your local authority and then select Round 2 - Hardship Top Up Grant