Coronavirus (Covid-19) business support grants provided by Allerdale Borough Council
The Government have introduced a series of grant schemes to assist businesses who have been ordered to close or have been severely impacted by restrictions in response to the threat posed by Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Grants for business impacted by the coronavirus restrictions
There are currently two grant schemes open to businesses: the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) and the Restart Grants.
Please refer to the details below to help you work out which grants may be applicable to your business.
The table below gives more details about each scheme.
This page has information on grants we are administering. Our website also has more information on help for businesses from other agencies , including help for the self-employed.
More information about each grant
Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed businesses)
|Grant Scheme||Which businesses does it apply to?||Valid in which tiers?||Valid dates||Application Window|
|LRSG (Closed)||Rate paying businesses required to close their main service from 5 Jan onwards||National lockdown||16 Feb - 31 March||Status: Active. Applications can still be made but applications received between 1 April and 31 May 2021 will only be eligible for the second payment cycle 16 Feb- 31 March. No applications can be accepted after 31 May 2021.|
|Grant scheme||Which businesses does it apply to?||Valid in which Tiers||Valid dates||Application Window|
|Restart grant||Various. See eligibility criteria below.||Part of the Roadmap out of lockdown. Check eligibility below.||From 1 April 2021 - 30 June 2021||Eligible businesses need to apply in accordance with the guidance below.|
More information, including the application process, for each grant according to the specific restriction time period
We have broken down each grant scheme based on the period they are valid for. Click on the one for the period for which you are claiming financial support for.
Second payment cycle covering 16 February to 31 March 2021
We have now received confirmation from Government that the Local Restrictions Support Grant for Closed Businesses will continue until 31 March 2021.
Under the government's lockdown easing roadmap payments will be made in accordance with the following:
if your business has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £2,096 for this 44-day qualifying restrictions period
if your business has a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £3,143 for this 44-day qualifying restrictions period
if your business has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £4,714 for this 44-day qualifying restrictions period
If you have already successfully applied for financial support and received a grant under the LRSG (closed) scheme between January and February 2021 we shall pay the money straight into your bank account using the information we already hold on your business.
If you have not yet applied for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) the application form remains open however, applications received between 1 April and 31 May 2021 will only be eligible for the second payment cycle (16 February-31 March).
No applications can be accepted after 31 May 2021.
What is the Restart Grant?
The Restart Grant is for businesses who have a rateable value and who are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public in the eligible sectors.
There are two strands to the Restart Grant. Strand one is non-essential retail and Strand Two covers hospitality, leisure, accommodation and personal care.
Eligibility for Strand One
Strand One of the Restart Grant is open to non-essential retail premises. The types of business that may be eligible include:
- Antiques stores
- Animal groomers
- Auction rooms
- Betting offices
- Car and caravan sales, display and hiring sites
- Car showrooms and auctions
- Car washes (standalone)
- Carpet stores
- Charity shops
- Clothes shops
- Department stores
- Electronic goods and mobile phone shops
- Furniture shops
- Homeware shops
- Markets (other than livestock)
- Plant nurseries
- Photography studios
- Sale kiosks
- Sales offices
- Showrooms, such as kitchen, bathrooms, tile and glazing
- Stationary and gift shops
- Sweet shops
- Tobacco and vape shops
- Travel agents
The following businesses are not eligible in Strand One:
- Agricultural supply shops
- Animal rescue centres and boarding facilities
- Automatic car washes
- Bicycle shops
- Building merchants
- Building societies and other financial providers
- Convenience stores
- Corner shops
- Education providers, including tutoring services
- Employment agencies and businesses
- Food retailers, including food markets
- Funeral directors
- Garden centres
- Laundrettes and dry cleaners
- Medical practices
- Mobility shops
- Office buildings
- Pet shops
- Petrol stations
- Post offices
- Storage and distribution facilities
- Taxi and vehicle hire businesses
- Vehicle repair and MOT services
- Veterinary surgeries
Eligibility for Strand Two
Strand Two of the Restart Grant is open to hospitality, leisure, accommodation, personal care and gym premises. The types of business that may be eligible include:
- Food courts
- Public houses and pub restaurants
- Roadside restaurants
- Wine bars
- Amusement arcades, including adult gaming centres
- Bingo halls
- Bowling alleys
- Clubs and institutions
- Exhibition and conference centres
- Go kart rinks
- Heritage sites
- Indoor riding centres
- Museums and art galleries
- Night clubs & discotheques
- Public halls
- Soft play centres
- Stately homes & historic houses
- Tourist attractions
- Village halls and scout huts
- Wedding venues
- Village halls & scout huts, cadet huts etc.
- Zoos, safari parks, animal attractions at farms, wildlife centres
- Bed and breakfasts
- Canal boats or other vessels
- Caravan parks and sites
- Chalet parks
- Guest and boarding houses
- Holiday homes, apartments, cottages, lodges
- Barbers, groomers
- Beauty salons
- Beauticians, aesthetics and other non-surgical treatment
- Hairdressing salons
- Holistic therapy (reflexology, massage, acupuncture)
- Massage centres, massage treatments
- Nail salons
- Spas, sauna and steam rooms
- Tanning salons
- Tattoo and piercing studios
Gyms & sport
- Cricket centres
- Dance schools and studios
- Golf courses, including driving ranges
- Gyms and fitness suites
- Outdoor adventure centres
- Outdoor sports centres
- Shooting and archery venues
- Sport and leisure centres
- Sports, squash and tennis courts
- Swimming pools
- Ski centres
- Water sport centres
Businesses that are not eligible in Strand Two include:
- Accommodation: education accommodation, residential and care homes, private dwellings
- Gym and sports: home gyms, home exercise studios (commercial gyms are eligible)
- Hospitality: food kiosks and businesses whose main business is a takeaway
- Leisure: all retail businesses, coach tour operators and tour operators
- 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 that incorporate personal care services, treatments required by those with disabilities and services relating to mental health
The grant amounts will be a one off payment for each eligible property and are based on the rateable value for the business premises and whether the business premises falls into Strand One or Strand Two.
|Rateable value of your property||Strand One: non-essential retail||Strand Two: hospitality, leisure. accommodation personal care and gyms|
|£15,000 or below||£2,667||£8,000|
|£51,000 or over||£6,000||£18,000|
How to claim
Even if we've already paid you one of the other business grants you will still have to apply for this grant. This is because the government has increased the information we have to collect from businesses and level of checks we have to carry out before we can pay the grant.
Please make sure you have a copy of your business rates bill and that you upload a bank statement when making your application. You will also need to provide the date that your business was established. You will also need to provide the cumulative total of all business support grants your business has received.
We will aim to get grants issued to businesses at the earliest opportunity. The government has asked local authorities to carry out additional pre-payment checks on these applications, so please allow a minimum of three weeks before contacting us.
Additional Restrictions Grant
The previous ARG scheme closed on 31 March 2021 we are currently processing outstanding applications. The Government has confirmed a future Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) top up amount may be available subject to our current allocations being fully spent, but we are expecting a smaller allocation if we receive this top up. We do not expect an amount to be confirmed until early April. We will update this webpage once we are clear about funding available for any future ARG scheme.
General notes on tax, data sharing and subsidy
Application information may be shared with central government or other bodies (e.g. National Fraud Initiative or the Cabinet Office) to help combat fraud.
Businesses may also be contacted for research purposes, and their data will be shared with BEIS for research and evaluation purposes.
Grant income received by a business is taxable, therefore funding paid under any of these schemes will be subject to tax and data may be shared with HMRC. Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.
The Government and the Council will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.
Following the departure of the UK from the EU and the end of the transition period, subsidy rules and requirements apply to these grant schemes under which there is a potential maximum of over £10.9 million. By accepting any of these Covid-19 business grant you must confirm that you are not in breach of these rules. More details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/complying-with-the-uks-international-obligations-on-subsidy-control-guidance-for-public-authorities.
We do not accept any liability for any issues that may arise for businesses because of applying for, receiving, or not receiving grant payments under this scheme.
If we have asked you to declare the amount of subsidy you have previously received, please complete the subsidy declaration form below and return it to us at the address stated, or email it to email@example.com. We can also email or post a form to you on request.
If you wish to refuse the grant we have paid for the premises, please complete the Refusal of Grant form below and return it to us at the address stated, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can also email or post a form to you on request.
Grants we have administered previously
This scheme closed to applications on 31 March 2021 and we are dealing with outstanding applications at present.
This grant scheme closed on 31 March 2021.
This grant scheme closed on 31 March 2021.
This grant scheme closed to applications on 31 March 2021
Applications for these grants have now closed.
This grant scheme has now closed.
Additional Restrictions Grant (first round)
The scheme closed to applications on 15 December 2020.
Wet-led pubs Christmas Support Payment
The Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs was a one off £1,000 payment which was payable on top of grant funding available through the Local Restrictions Support Grant.
Wet-led pubs were defined as those who derive under 50% of their income from food sales. These businesses could be either open or closed under the restrictions in place at the time, but they had to be active businesses.
The scheme closed to all applications on 28 February 2021.