Local Restrictions Support Grant

Covid-19 support grants for businesses

National restrictions imposed by the Government have required a number of different types of businesses and venues to close or restrict how they provide goods and services.

West Northamptonshire Council is distributing government-funded grants to businesses which have been required to close or which have otherwise been significantly impacted by the restrictions.

Every claim will be subject to anti-fraud assessment and account verification. Attempts to fraudulently claim public grant funding will result in funds being recovered and legal action being taken in every instance.

Please note: We are currently dealing with an extremely high volume of grant applications. Please be assured we are working hard to deal with these as quickly as possible, but it may take up to 20 working days to process your application.

Please scroll down the page for more information on each grant, eligibility criteria, and details of how to apply.

Restart Grants

To support the recovery of the high street as Government trading restrictions are relaxed, the Chancellor has announced the one-off payment 'Restart Grant'. This grant replaced the Local Restrictions Support Grant from April 2021 onwards for eligible businesses.

This scheme is available to qualifying non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, accommodation, gym and sports and personal care businesses.

One-off grant payment amounts

Non-essential retail businesses:

  • with a Rateable Value of £15,000 or less will receive £2,667
  • with a Rateable Value of between £15,001 and £50,999 will receive £4,000
  • with a Rateable Value of £51,000 or more will receive £6,000.

Qualifying hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business properties

  • with a Rateable Value of £15,000 or less will receive £8,000
  • with a Rateable Value of between £15,001 and £50,999 will receive £12,000
  • with a Rateable Value of £51,000 or more will receive £18,000.



Please see below lists of exclusions for the Restart Grant scheme. These lists are not intended to be exhaustive and the Council will determine those cases where eligibility is unclear.

Non-essential retail exclusions

  • food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, corners shops, off licences
  • breweries
  • pharmacies, chemists
  • newsagents
  • animal rescue centres and boarding facilities
  • building merchants
  • petrol stations
  • vehicle repair and MOT services
  • bicycle shops
  • taxi and vehicle hire businesses
  • education providers including tutoring services
  • banks, building societies and other financial providers
  • post offices
  • funeral directors
  • laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • medical practices
  • veterinary surgeries and pet shops
  • agricultural supply shops
  • garden centres
  • storage and distribution facilities
  • wholesalers
  • employment agencies and businesses
  • office buildings
  • automatic car washes
  • mobility support shops.


Hospitality exclusions

  • food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway (not applicable to those that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions, in alignment with previous COVID-19 business grant schemes).


Leisure exclusions

  • all retail businesses
  • coach tour operators, tour operators
  • telescopes.


Accommodation exclusions

  • private dwellings
  • education accommodation
  • residential homes, care homes
  • residential family centres
  • beach huts.


Gym and sports exclusions

  • home gyms, home exercise studios, home sports courts and home sports grounds.


Personal care exclusions

  • businesses that only provide personal care goods, rather than services
  • businesses used solely as training centres for staff, apprentices and others
  • businesses providing dental services, opticians, audiology services
  • chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services which incorporate personal care services, treatments required by those with disabilities and services relating to mental health.


How to apply 


Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

On 1 April 2021, all remaining Additional Restrictions Grant funding held by the three predecessor councils (Daventry District Council, Northampton Borough Council and South Northamptonshire Council) were transferred to West Northamptonshire Council.

Find out more information about the Additional Restrictions Grant on the West Northamptonshire Council website

Further information

If you have any questions about these schemes, or issues with your application, please email rates.ddc@daventrydc.gov.uk