Restart Grants

On 3 March 2021, government announced that it would be providing non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England a one-off grant called the Restart Grant (RG) from 1 April 2021. The grant is intended to help businesses that are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public to reopen safely as set out in the roadmap.

Please note: Payments of restart grants will start to be made to eligible businesses from 

This  scheme closed on 30 June 2021, with final payments being made by 31 July 2021.

Who can claim this funding?

Any business who is the ratepayer on 1 April 2021, who are the following:

  • Non-essential retail where the business is used wholly or mainly for the purposes of retail sale of hire of goods or services by the public where, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public
  • Hospitality where the business is defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink
  • Leisure where the business provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out
  • Accommodation where the businesses whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes
  • Gyms and sports where the business is a commercial or non-profit establishment where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis, using exercise equipment or open floor space with or without instruction, or where individual and group sporting, athletic and physical activities are participated in competitively or recreationally
  • Personal Care where the business provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing. 

Are there any exclusions that apply?

Any business in the following circumstances will not be eligible for the grant:

  • Business which were not trading on 1 April 2021; trading is defined as carrying on trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover. 
  • Businesses that are not within the ratings system will not be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances (previously known as State Aid) will not be eligible to receive funding.
  • Businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking off notice
  • Non-essential businesses as follows -  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 and mobility support shops.
  • Hospitality businesses who are food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway 
  • Leisure businesses where it is a retail business, coach tour operators, tour operators and telescopes
  • Accommodation businesses where they are private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres, beach huts.
  • Gym and sport businesses where they are in the following settings home gyms, home exercise studios, home sports courts and home sports grounds.
  • Personal care 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.

This list is not exhaustive.

How much will I receive?

For non-essential retail businesses appearing on the ratings list on 1 April 2021. 

 Rateable Value   One off grant
 RV of exactly £15,000 or under  £2,667
 RV of £15,001 but less than £51,000  £4,000
 RV of £51,000 and over  £6,000

For hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises appearing on the ratings list on 1 April 2021.

 Rateable Value    One off grant
 RV of exactly £15,000 or under  £8,000
 RV of £15,001 but less than £51,000  £12,000
 RV of £51,000 and over  £18,000
Payment cannot be made until after 1 April 2021 or as soon as possible after this date. This page will be updated when we start to make payments to businesses. 

Please note: 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. 

How do I apply for the grant?

The Government has asked councils to obtain further information from businesses as part of the Restart Grants scheme. 

I have previously been awarded a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Businesses)

Applications for this grant have now closed. 

I have not previously been awarded a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Businesses)

Applications for this grant have now closed.

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