Overview of grants provided by Government

Information about which grant your business is eligible to claim.

What support is the government providing during the local and national restrictions?

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 county 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:

  • 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)
  • Additional Restrictions Grant discretionary scheme for businesses not eligible to claim the above grants, based on eligibility criteria (ARG)
  • Local Restriction Support Grant  for Sector businesses, which are closed since 23 March 2020 such as nightclubs (LRSG Sector)
  • Christmas Support Grant for wet-led pubs (CSG)


For more information on each grant and how to apply, click on the relevant 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 severally impacted by local restrictions.

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  From  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 also 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 currently closed. 

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

The table below advises which grant application can be claimed: 

 Restriction  From  To  Grant to Claim
Businesses closed since 23 March 2020,
for example nightclubs
1 November 2020 Ongoing until 
restrictions are reviewed
LRSG (Closed)
The Council have already
written to businesses to apply
National 5 November 2020 1 December 2020  LRSG (Closed)
Tier 3 2 December 2020 5 January 2021 LRSG (Closed) – if your business remains closed *
Tier 2 or 3 2 December 2020 29 December 2020 Christmas Support grant for wet-led pubs.
The Business Rates team will email all
businesses to apply for this grant
 National  6 January 2021  Ongoing while national lockdown restrictions remain in place  LRSG (Closed) – if your business remains closed
 National  6 January 2021   One off top up payment. This is in addition to the LRSG(Closed) grant. You do not need to apply for this, we will make your payment automatically if you have already applied for the LRSG (Open or Closed) 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.

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