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.

This 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.


Business Support Package for January lockdown

The Business Support Package has been created to help businesses which are mandated to close as a result of the lockdown implemented on 5 January 2021.

This includes non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

The amount of grant funding you can receive depends on the rateable value (RV) of your business:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants of £2,001 for the initial 6 week qualifying period plus a one-off top up payment of £4,000
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and below £51,000, grants of £3,000 for the initial 6 week qualifying period plus a one-off top up payment of £6,000
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, grants of £4,500 for the initial 6 week qualifying period plus a one-off top up payment of £9,000.


Who can apply for the Business Support Package?

You can apply if:

  • Your business was open and trading up to 4 January 2021
  • Your business was required to close from 5 January 2021
  • You have a business rates account
  • Your business appeared in the rating list on 4 January.

 

You are not eligible for the grant if:

  • Your business is still able to conduct its main services because they do not depend on providing direct-in-person services from your premises, and you can provide services remotely.
  • You have chosen to close your business but it is not mandated to do so
  • Your business is insolvent, in administration, or subject to a striking-off notice.

 

How to make a claim

 

Additional Restrictions Grant for closed businesses - January lockdown

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) provides local councils with grant funding to support businesses that are not registered for business rates that have had to close or have been severely impacted by Covid-19 restrictions.  

This grant is for businesses mandated to close for the period of 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021, but are outside of the business rates system. 

The amount of grant funding you can receive depends on your rent or mortgage costs or service charges including utility bills:

  • Up to £15,000 per year - Maximum grant available £2,001
  • Between £15,001 and £50,999 per year - Maximum grant available £3,000
  • £51,000 and above - Maximum grant available £4,500


The Council reserves the right to vary the level of award where the schemes are oversubscribed and there is insufficient budget. The Additional Restrictions Support Grant is discretionary, and will not be payable where the total amount of other grants received by a business is equal to or greater than the annual fixed business costs.

Other grants will be taken into account when calculating this, including:

  • Small Business Grant Fund
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund
  • Discretionary Grant Fund
  • Additional Restriction Grant.

 

How to make a claim

 

Additional Restrictions Grant for open businesses - January lockdown

This grant is for businesses which are not legally forced to close for the period 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021, but are nonetheless severely impacted by national restrictions. 

The grant is open to businesses which pay business rates as well as businesses which are outside of the business rates system:

  • Businesses with either a rateable value of up to £15,000, or rent, mortgage and utility costs of up to £15,000 per year can receive a grant of up to  £1,341
  • Businesses with either a rateable value of between £15,001 and £50,999, or rent, mortgage and utility costs of between £15,001 and £50,999 per year can receive a grant of up to £2,100
  • Businesses with either a rateable value of £51,000 and over, or rent, mortgage and utility costs of £51,000 and over per year can receive a grant of up to £3,150.


The Council reserves the right to vary the level of award where the schemes are oversubscribed and there is insufficient budget. The Additional Restrictions Support Grant is discretionary, and will not be payable where the total amount of other grants received by a business is equal to or greater than the annual fixed business costs.

Other grants will be taken into account when calculating this, including:

  • Small Business Grant Fund
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund
  • Discretionary Grant Fund
  • Additional Restriction Grant.

 

 

How to make a claim

 

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant

Businesses which had to close between 5 November and 2 December due to the national lockdown can apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) 

This scheme is different from the previous business rates support grant and is NOT linked to eligibility for Small Business Rate Relief or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Relief.

The amount of grant funding received is dependent on the rateable value (RV) of your premises:

  • Less than or equal to £15,000 will receive £1,334
  • Over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive £2,000
  • Over £51,000 will receive £3,000


Payment of this grant covers a four week period.


Who can apply for the grant?

You can apply if: 

  • You were open and trading on 4 November
  • You were told to close from 5 November until 2 December
  • You depend on providing direct-in-person services to visiting members of the public
  • You have a business rates account
  • Your business appeared in the rating list on 5 November


Businesses added to the rating list after 5 November and backdated to this date are not eligible to apply for this grant scheme.

The list of business types which were told to close for this period included: businesses providing non-essential retail; personal care facilities; hospitality venues and; leisure/entertainment premises.

If your businesses is a nightclub, dance hall, adult entertainment venue or hostess bar which has been unable to reopen since the first enforced closures in March, please contact us at rates.ddc@daventrydc.gov.uk to discuss your eligibility.

You cannot claim if:

  • The majority of your business remained open. This allows for restaurants/pubs/other businesses which were closed to public entry (losing the majority of normal trade) to still claim LRSG if a smaller permitted part of the business, such as a take-away, click and collect, or delivery, remained in operation
  • The business was in administration, insolvent or a striking-off notice had been made on or prior to the 5 November 2020
  • You were not required to but chose to close.


How to make a claim

 

View our list of FAQs for more information about the Local Restrictions Support Grant


Local Restrictions Support Grants for closed businesses

Businesses with a liability for Business Rates and which were required to close by law as a result of the Tier system of lockdown restrictions between 2 December and 4 January can apply for Local Restrictions Support Grants (closed).


Tier 2 grants

Grants of up to £1,500 per 14 day qualifying period are available for eligible pubs and bars which were forced to close under the Tier 2 restrictions which were in place across Northamptonshire from 2 December 2020 to Christmas Day.


Tier 3/4 grants

Businesses which were required to close under Tier 3 restrictions from 26 December, or under Tier 4 from 31 December to 4 January, can also submit applications.

Businesses affected by the Tier 3 restrictions included pubs, bar, restaurants, cafes and indoor entertainment venues and attractions such as indoor play areas. 

The same businesses listed above were also required to close in Tier 4 with the addition of non-essential retail, gyms, hair and beauty and indoor sports and leisure facilities.


How to apply


You can speed up the process of applying for these grants by selecting the ‘Prefill your application’ option when using the Grant Approval Portal.


Local Restrictions Support Grant for open businesses

Certain businesses that remained open during the period 2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 (while Daventry District was in Tier restrictions) but were severely impacted financially, may be able to apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant – Open Businesses.

The first grant covered the period 2-15 December and there are a number of subsequent grants covering the period.

The amount of grant funding you may receive depends on the rateable value of your premises.


How to apply


You can speed up the process of applying each time by selecting the ‘Prefill your application’ option when using the Grant Approval Portal.


£1,000 Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

Pubs that mainly serve alcohol rather than food, and that were forced to reduce their operations as the result of being in Tiers 2 or 3 between 2 and 29 December 2020, are eligible to apply for the Christmas Support Payment.

The grant provides a one-off payment of £1,000 for eligible businesses.


Who can apply?

You can apply for the support payment if your pub:

  • Occupies property on which it pays business rates
  • Is a wet led pub, meaning that the business derives under 50 per cent of its income from food sales
  • Was trading on 4 November 2020.

  

How to make a claim

 

Further information

If you have any questions about these schemes, please email rates.ddc@daventrydc.gov.uk