Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses closed since 23 March 2020 (LRSG Sector)

How to apply for a grant if you have been instructed to close since 23 March 2020 and remain closed.

The Government has provided funding to support businesses that have been required to close nationally since 23 March 2020 and remain closed. This scheme is open from 1 November 2020 to April 2021.

Grants can be claimed from 1 November 2020 to 4 November 2020, business will then have to apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) scheme* 

Please note this scheme closes 31 March 2021, due to the introduction of the Restart Grants

Who can claim this funding?

Businesses that have been required to close due to national restrictions imposed on 23 March 2020 and have not been able to re-open, which include:

  • Nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques
  • Adult entertainment venues and hostess bars.

The business must have been trading on 22 March 2020, and the person who the council hold as the ratepayer on 1 November 2020 will be eligible for the grant.

Are there any exclusions that apply?

The following exclusions apply to this scheme. Do not apply for a grant payment if any of the following apply:

  • Business listed above will not be eligible if they have re-purposed their business and as a result have been able to open, for example changing their business from a nightclub to a bar
  • Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the 'de minimis' and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework
  • For the avoidance of doubt, businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made as at 31 October 2020 are not eligible for funding under this scheme. 

How much will I receive?

Grants are awarded in 14 day cycles starting on 1 November 2020. Each 14 day period the business is closed will entitle the business to an additional payment, providing the business has remained closed. 

If you are awarded the grant the payment will be:

Rateable Value (RV) or Annual Fixed Property Costs  Grant per 14 day qualifying period
Under £15,000  £667 
£15,001 to £50,999  £1,000
Over £51,000  £1,500

 We will aim to pay the funds into the nominated bank account within 14 days of receiving the application. Payments will be made for each 14-day period of closure from 1 November 2020, once a business has been closed for 14 days. 

How do I apply for the grant?

A member of the business rates team has contacted businesses to obtain details to make payments to eligible businesses. However, you MUST apply for the LRSG Closed Business grant to receive payments from 5 November 2020.

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