Local Restriction Support Grant – Apply via your local authority

Local Restriction Support Grant – Apply via your local authority

Grants of up to £3000 are available from your local authority for eligible closed businesses during the 28 day lockdown period until 2nd December 2020. 

These Grants will be issued in accordance with Government Guidance issued on 3rd November 2020 in respect of the Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG Closed/Sector) and the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Schemes, along with guidance on required closures.

Any updated Government guidance or FAQs subsequently published by Government in respect of these schemes will also apply.

The following local authorities have opened their applications, please ensure to apply quickly as each have been allocated finite funds. Please note the below list may not be complete, check with your local authority if you are eligible and how to apply.

Qualifying Criteria

For Businesses that have a separate business rates account to qualify for the Local Restrictions Support Grant, businesses must:

– have been open as usual and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises on the 4th of November 2020 and then mandated to close by Government from 5th November 2020, or

– still be closed due to national restrictions imposed on 23 March 2020 as a result of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 i.e. nightclubs, dance halls, discotheques, sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars.

– And have been registered and be the liable business rate payer on 5th November 2020.

Where a hereditament has mixed premises and only part of the business is subject to national closures (e.g. locksmith/shoe repairs, restaurant/takeaway), the hereditament will be eligible to receive a LRSG grant if the business is required to close its main service. Local Authorities will be required to exercise their discretion and judge whether this is the case based on their local knowledge.

Businesses that are required to close but then diversify to remain open in part e.g. restaurants/cafes that close but retain a takeaway service or shops that close but retain a click and collect facility will still be eligible for a grant.

For Businesses that don’t have a separate business rates account to qualify for the Additional Restrictions Support Grant, businesses must:

– have been open as usual and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises on the 4th of November 2020 and then mandated to close by Government from 5th November 2020 .

– And be able to evidence non business rates, rent or mortgage costs above the minimum cost threshold outlined below for a building or premises which has a primary business purpose or trading use.

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