Covid-19 Business Grants (Last Updated 24/11/20)

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on Saturday 31st October, government has announced  details of national business grants that will become available to support businesses affected by the forthcoming lockdown period. 

For the period 5th November to 2nd December 2020 the following grant will be available, Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)(Addendum) - National  and for the period 1st Novmeber to 4th December 2020 the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) will be available to specified businesses only.  Businesses that qualify for the Sector grant can then apply for the period  5th November to 2nd December for the National grant.

Payments for LRSG(Closed)(Addendum) National  successful applications received up to 22nd November 2020 will be made on 27th November 2020 ( payments for applications that still have outstanding queries will be witheld until resolved and a decision has been made)

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)(Addendum) - National

This scheme supports businesses that were open as usual, providing services in person to customers from their business premises, but which were then required by law to close for 28 days due to national lockdown restrictions imposed by government.

During the period of 5 November to 2 December 2020, a single grant to cover the 28 day period will be paid to each eligible business. The grant amounts will be fixed.

Businesses with more than one qualifying property will receive more than one grant.

What you will get

  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, you will receive a cash grant of £1,334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.
  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of above £15,000 and below £51,000, you will receive a cash grant of £2,000 per 28-day qualifying period.
  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you will receive a cash grant of £3,000 per 28-day qualifying period.

Grants will be based on the rateable value of the property on the first full day of the national lockdown restrictions.

Eligibility

Businesses that are eligible are those that have been mandated to close by Government and include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

Your business may be eligible if it:

  • occupies property on which it pays business rates
  • has been required to close because of national restrictions that resulted in a first full day of closure on 5 November 2020
  • has been required to close for 28 days because of the lockdown (This includes businesses, such as nightclubs, that were forced to closed from 23 March 2020)
  • has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises

Exclusions

  • businesses which are able to continue to operate during the lockdown because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from their premises
  • businesses that have chosen to close, but have not been required to close by law as part of a national lockdown
  • businesses that have reached the state aid limit
  • businesses that are not the ratepayer
  • businesses that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made are not eligible for this scheme

Any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the hereditament) after the first full day of national restrictions and business closures regulations came into force including changes which have been backdated to this date, will be ignored for the purposes of eligibility.

Gosport Borough Council will not adjust, pay or recover grants where the rating list is subsequently amended retrospectively to the date that national restrictions began. In cases where it was factually clear to the Council on 5 November 2020 that the rating list was inaccurate on that date, the Council may withhold the grant and/or award the grant based on its view of who would have been entitled to the grant had the list been accurate. This is entirely at the discretion of Gosport Borough Council, and is only intended to prevent manifest errors. This discretion cannot and therefore will not be used if it was not factually clear to the Council on 5 November 2020 that the rating list was not accurate.

To Apply

This application is for businesses that have been required to close by the Government for the period 5th November to 2nd December 2020.  You must be the ratepayer to apply and you must attach a copy of a recent bank statement for the business that shows the company name, sort code, account number and evidence that you were trading at the beginning of November 2020.  If you do not provide this information at the time of application then a grant payment may be delayed or refused.  

Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) (Addendum) National Restrictions

View more on the government website.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

The Local Restriction Support Grant (Sector) scheme supports businesses that have been by law subject to national closures since 23 March 2020, and for any other business property types which may be closed on a national basis in the future.

This scheme comes into effect from 1 November 2020 and there is no provision to backdate awards prior to this date.

When government imposes the national restrictions from 5 November 2020, the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) scheme will cease to apply.  Businesses will not be eligible for multiple versions of the Local Restrictions Support Grant under widespread national restrictions.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) scheme is therefore currently only available in respect of the period 1 November 2020 to 4 November 2020. Once national lockdown has ended, ratepayers may continue to be eligible for support from the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) scheme.

Businesses with more than one qualifying property will receive more than one grant.

What you will get

If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, you will receive a cash grant of £667 per 14-day qualifying restriction period;

If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of above £15,000 and below £51,000, you will receive a cash grant of £1,000 per 14-day qualifying period;

If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you will receive a cash grant of £1,500 per 14-day qualifying period.

Eligibility

Businesses must have been trading on 23 March 2020 to be eligible to receive a grant payment. If new national closures of business property types are announced, then the business must have been trading on the date of the announced closure in order to be eligible.

Eligible businesses are:

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

Exclusions

  • businesses that have chosen to close, but have not been required to close as part of a national lockdown
  • businesses that have reached the state aid limit.
  • businesses that are not the ratepayer.
  • businesses that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made are not eligible for this scheme.
  • businesses 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.

To Apply

ONLY COMPLETE THIS APPLICATION FORM IF YOUR BUSINESS IS :

A Night Club, Dance Hall, Discotheque, Sexual Entertainment Venue or Hostess Bar and has been closed since 23rd March 2020 due to Government Restrictions.   This application is for the period 1st November to 4th November 2020.  For claims from 5th November to 2nd December 2020 you need to apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) (Addendum) National using the application form above.

Local Restriction Support Grant (Sector)

View more on the government website.

Additional Restrictions Grant.

This will be available for non business rate payers and business rate payers that have been required to close by Government during the lockdown period or have been severely impacted by the lockdown period.

Further details about this grant scheme will be available soon. This will include an online application form which will be available on this page. 

View more information on the government website.

 

COVID-19 GRANT Phishing E-mail

There are currently e-mails in circulation claiming to be from from councils stating the grant payment will not be processed until the ratepayer clicks on a link in the e-mail to authorise the payment.   Gosport Borough Council will NOT send an e-mail asking any ratepayer to do this.  You can report suspicious e-mails here.

It has also come to our attention that there are firms offering to claim the grants for ratepayers for a fee. This is not necessary, you do not need to pay someone to do this for you.  Please contact us first before entering into a contract.

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