Important information about business grants

Find out about when you will get paid, monitoring of your information, and previous grant schemes.

The Government have provided a range of grants available to business where they have been mandated to close or remain open but are severely impacted by the local and national restrictions, whilst they remain in place. 

On 4 January 2021, government placed the country into national lockdown, meaning that businesses who were open are now mandated to close. Government also announced an additional one-off grant payment to closed business. The council will automatically make payments to eligible businesses where we already have a valid application. 

The following grants are available to businesses impacted by local and national restrictions:

  • Restart Grant from 1 April 2021.
  • Local Restriction Support Grant for Open businesses (LRSG Open) this is currently suspended due to the national lockdown, businesses who are now closed. 
  • Local Restriction Support Grant for Closed businesses, which includes business who are mandated to close, but are operating a take away or click and collect service (LRSG Closed) this scheme closes 31 March 2021.
  • Additional Restrictions Grant discretionary scheme for businesses not eligible to claim the above grants, based on eligibility criteria (ARG) this scheme closed on 31 March 2021.
  • Local Restriction Support Grant  for Sector businesses, which are closed since 23 March 2020 such as nightclubs (LRSG Sector) this scheme closes 31 March 2021.
  • Christmas Support Grant for wet-led pubs (CSG), this scheme closed 28 February  2021

For more information on each grant and how to apply, click on the grant on the main page.

Due to the complexity of grants, the information below aims to advise businesses which grant they can claim and what application form they are required to complete. 

My business is open, and severely affected by local restrictions

From 1 April 2021, non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England can claim a one-off Restart Grant (RG). The RB replaces existing LRSG schemes. 

Support is available for businesses which were open but severely impacted by Tier 2 and Tier 3 local restrictions, known as Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open). Please note due to national restrictions, this scheme is suspended and businesses will be eligible for payments under the LRSG Closed scheme, where you have previously received payments under this scheme, we will automatically make payments. Please refer to the LRSG (Closed) grants page for more information. 

Please note this information below refers to the LRSG for open businesses which is suspended from 5 January 2021.

Businesses which are eligible for the grant include:

  • hotels
  • hospitality sector
  • bed and breakfasts
  • leisure businesses

Further support is available for businesses who remain open in Tier 2 and Tier 3 but have been severely affected and are not eligible to claim a grant under the other grant schemes, this grant is known as Additional Restrictions Grant.

Businesses which are eligible for the grant include:

  • Businesses that have been mandated to close by the Government and are ineligible for any Local Restrictions Grant scheme. 
  • Businesses that have not been mandated to close, that are ineligible for the Local Restrictions Grant scheme and can demonstrate a severe impact on business turnover (a minimum reduction of 30%) as a result of restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19. 

The table below advises which grant application can be claimed: 

 Restriction  Date From  Date to   Grant to claim
 Tier 2  31 October 2020  4 November 2020  LRSG Open / ARG
 Tier 3  2 December 2020  4 January 2021  LRSG Open /ARG
 National  5 November 2020  5 January 2021  ARG *

Our application process will capture all periods of local restrictions, for Tier 2 and Tier 3, you will not be required to complete a new form for the period your business is open. We will capture businesses requested to close and automatically make payments under the LRSG (closed) scheme. 

* If your business was open to 4 November 2020, but you were then forced to close on 5 November, you will be required to complete an application to claim a grant during the period you were required to close during national lockdown (LRSG Closed). You MUST complete and OPEN and CLOSED application form. 

My business is closed and severely affected by local restrictions

The Government has announced funding to help support businesses that are required to close under national and local lockdown restrictions from 5 November 2020, whilst they remain in place. A full list of business can be found at www.gov.uk.

 Restriction  Date from  Date to  Grant to claim
 Businesses closed since 23 March 2020, for example nightclubs 1 November 2020 31 March 2021 LRSG Closed (The council have written
to businesses to apply
 National 5 November 2020 1 December 2020  LRSG Closed
 Tier 3 2 December 2020 4 January 2021 LRSG Closed if your business remains closed
 Tier 2 or Tier 3 2 December 2020 29 December 2020 Christmas Support Grant – for wet-led pubs only.
Please note this scheme closed 28 February 2021
 National 5 January 2021  31 March 2021 LRSG (Closed) – if your business remains closed
 National 5 January 2021   One off top up grant.
This is in addition to the LRSG Closed grant -you do not need to apply for this grant we will make your payment automatically if you have already applied
for the LSRG Open or Closed grant.
 National  1 April 2021    Restart grant

*If your business re-opened but your business income is severely impacted, you may be eligible for a grant in the OPEN category from 2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021.

Our application process will capture all periods of local and national restrictions, you will not be required to complete a new form for any new periods your business is closed. You must inform the Council if your business has ceased trading as you will not be eligible for the grant.

When will I get paid?

We will aim to pay the funds into the nominated bank account within 14 days of receiving the application, payments are made on a Tuesday and Thursday of each working week. Please do not call the council during this time as it may delay the processing of grants.

Where your business is a limited company, you MUST provide the bank account details for the company and not provide a personal bank account. Payments will be delayed where personal bank details are provided. 

Where businesses who have been identified as eligible for the one-off top-up grants, the Council will automatically make the payment into your nominated bank account. 

What period and grant does my new payment cover? 

The table below confirms the grants awarded and the period covered. When checking your bank account, the payment will be prefixed with one of the reference numbers below, which will inform you of the grant you have received and the payment period. 

Additional Restrictions Grant
 Reference Begins  Period From  Period to
 ARG  5 November 2020  1 December 2020
 2ARG  2 December 2020  16 December 2020
 3ARG  17 December 2020  31 December 2020
 4ARG  1 January 2021  4 January 2021
 5ARG  5 January 2021  15 February 2021
 6ARG  16 February 2021  31 March 2021
 CB-ARG  This is a one off payment  
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)
 Reference Begins  Period From  Period to
 LRSGC  5 November 2020  1 December 2020
 LRSGC2  2 December 2020  16 December 2020
 LRSGC3  17 December 2020  31 December 2020
 LRSGC4  1 January 2021  4 January 2021
 LRSGC5  5 January 2021  15 February 2021
 LRSGC6  16 February 2021  31 March 2021
 CBLP  This is a one off payment  
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)
 Reference Begins  Period From  Period to
 LRSGO 31 October 2020 4 November 2020
 LRSGO2  2 December 2020  16 December 2020
 LRSGO3  17 December 2020  31 December 2020
 LRSGO4  1 January 2021  4 January 2021

Christmas Support Grant (Wet Led Pubs)
 Reference Begins  Period From  Period to
CSG This is a one-off payment

What evidence do I have to provide?

The council reserves the right to request any evidence, explanation or proofs that it deems necessary and reasonable, in order to properly assess an applicant’s entitlement to a grant award. This condition applies at any time during or after the application process.

If an applicant fails to satisfy all reasonable requests made by the council, the council reserves the right to either not pay an award, or request the repayment of an award already paid. Any refusal to cooperate with the council will result in the rejection of the application and any grant payments already made, will be recalled.

Is the grant taxable?

Grant income received by a business is taxable. The Local Restrictions Support Grant will need to be included in your tax return. 

Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

What is State Aid?

State Aid is any advantage granted by public authorities through state resources on a selective basis to any organisations that could potentially distort competition and trade in the European Union (EU).

The definition of State Aid is very broad because ‘an advantage’ can take many forms. It is anything which an undertaking (an organisation engaged in economic activity) could not get on the open market.

State Aid rules can (among other things) apply to the following:

  • grants
  • loans
  • tax breaks, including enhanced capital allowances
  • the use or sale of a state asset for free or at less than market price.

The rules can apply to funding given to charities, public authorities and other non-profit making bodies where they are involved in commercial activities. 

How will you deal with fraud and error?

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud, and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.

The council will carry our pre and post-payment checks on all grant payments. 

How are grants monitored?

In order to monitor the outcomes and effectiveness of the scheme, East Riding of Yorkshire Council reserves the right to request any evidence, explanation or proofs that it deems necessary or reasonable. This is to satisfy the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) requirement that all grant recipients may be required to provide, on demand, all evidence and proofs to BIES as BEIS deems necessary. 

These conditions apply during and after the application process.

What support is the government offering businesses regarding my business rates bill?

The Chancellor announced a number of measures to support businesses with effect from 1 April 2020.

As part of these additional support measures, the council has processed changes to the Retail Relief Scheme which means all retail, leisure and tourism properties will pay no business rates in 2020-21, regardless of their rateable value.

The existing Retail Relief Scheme previously covered retail properties only, with a rateable value up to £51,000, but the government has:

  • widened the Retail Relief scheme to include the leisure and tourism industry, including hotels, cafes, restaurants, nightclubs and gyms
  • removed the £51,000 rateable value ceiling level
  • decreed that children's nurseries occupied by providers on the Ofsted’s Early Years Register, and wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years, will not have to pay business rates in 2020/21. There is no rateable value limit on the relief. 

All those businesses affected received a revised rates bill for nil.  All relief awards are subject to state aid 'de minimus' regulations.

The list below sets out the types of uses that the Government does not consider to be an eligible use for the purpose of this relief. 

Business premises that are being used for the provision of the following services to visiting members of the public:

  • Financial services (such as, banks, building societies, cash points, bureaux de change, payday lenders)
  • Medical services (such as, vets, dentists, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors)
  • Professional services (such as, solicitors, accountants, insurance agents/Financial advisers)
  • Post Office sorting offices
  • Business premises that are not reasonably accessible to visiting members of the public. 

There is no rateable value cap on this relief for the financial year 2020/21 only.

What Previous Business Rates Grant schemes were available?

Previous Business Rates Grants

The government made three grants schemes available to help support businesses during this period. The funding was made available to help small, rural, retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with their ongoing business costs in recognition of the disruption caused by COVID-19. 

This grant scheme closed on 28 August 2020, no further applications are being accepted.

Previous Discretionary Grant Fund

The government made available a limited pot of money in the East Riding for a local discretionary grant fund to help businesses who supply the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors that have not been able to access other forms of support, that have suffered a significant loss of income during the lockdown and that have not qualified for other forms of financial support. 

This grant scheme is now closed, no further applications are being accepted.

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