Coronavirus Information

COVID-19 Grants

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. Please note applications for this grant have now closed.

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. 

3. Tier 4 Grant Funding 31 December to 4 January 2021 

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.

4. Christmas Support Payment for Wet-Led Pubs

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.

5. Additional support for rural pubs from Leicestershire County Council

The scheme for rural pubs is a grant scheme in addition to the government grants for Wet-Led pubs, which is being distributed by Harborough District Council. This scheme for rural pubs is an additional grant, which is led by Leicestershire County Council.

Please click the above link for more information.

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 as part of the second national lockdown between 5 November - 2 December 2020. Please note: the deadline for applying for this grant is Monday 25 January 2021.

b) (ARG) Discretionary Grant Scheme for small businesses and charities, which do not pay NNDR, is open to those required to close due to Tier 3 restrictions between 3 December - 30 December 2020. Businesses will be contacted via the Grants Approval site to confirm eligibility. Please note: the deadline for applying for this grant is Monday 1 February 2021.

c) (ARG) Discretionary Grant Scheme for small businesses and charities, which don’t pay Business Rates (NNDR), is now open to businesses within certain categories, which were required to close or were severely impacted as part of Tier 4 restrictions and the third national lock down between 31 December 2020 – 21 February 2021. Businesses will be contacted via the Grant Approval system, (which you applied through previously).

d) (ARG) Top Up Grants Scheme - Round 1. Recognising that there are businesses which are not eligible for either of the above grant’s schemes, the Top Up Grant is now open. This will provide opportunities for businesses which have been significantly impacted due to the COVID-19 restrictions (from 5 Nov – 30 dec 2020) to seek support, subject to certain criteria. The impact of the current lockdown period (4 January - 15 February) will also be considered in this application, if you are not eligible for other grants for this period. 

  • If you have received another grant for the restriction period from 5 November – 30 December 2020 then you are not eligible, so please do not apply. This includes the ARG Discretionary Grant.
  • This grant will close on Wednesday 27th January 2021. All applications will be reviewed after the closing date so please be patient during this time. You will be notified of the outcome via the grant approval system.
  • Appy through the https://www.grantapproval.co.uk/ website. Once you have registered on the system, please select ‘Harborough’ as your local authority and then the ‘ARG Top Up Grant (round 1).’