The Government has provided local authorities with funding to support businesses that have been required to close during the national lockdown period – 5 November to 2 December.
The grant is for businesses that have had to close as a result of the lockdown, including:
- Non-essential retail;
- Entertainment; and
- Personal care.
Businesses that remain open during this time, or that choose to close but are not required to do so, are not eligible for the grant.
However, businesses that have had to close the main part of their business, but may be offering click and collect or delivery options are eligible.
How much is the grant?
The grant is a single fixed amount to cover the four-week period of lockdown.
The amount of support is dependent on the rateable value of the business premises:
- For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under – the grant is £1,334;
- For properties with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £50,999 – the grant is £2,000; and
- For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or above – the grant is £3,000.
How do I apply for the grant?
Applications should be made directly with your local council, via an online form.
Prior to making your application, you will need:
- Business rates account number;
- Property reference number;
- Rateable value of your property; and
- VAT reference, company number and charity number (if relevant).
Details of your business bank account and evidence of the account (scan or photo of a bank statement or online business banking) should also be provided, showing:
- The sort code and account number;
- The account name (this should be in the name of the business);
- Recent business transactions; and
- Be dated within the last calendar month.