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Cumbria and the rest of England has been placed in national lockdown (stay at home). This link includes details of the roadmap out of lockdown.

See the latest news and get more information regarding coronavirus (Covid-19). Find out more about the help for affected businesses, charities including the support grants. There is also advice for individuals including the Test and Trace Support payment. Our customer contact centres are not open to the public at the moment due to the restrictions. Please use our online forms, webchat, app and phone number to contact us

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 now a number of grant schemes applicable to certain businesses under different tier and national lockdown periods.

We are doing everything to simplify the process for local business owners, including where possible automated payments based on any previous applications.  

Please refer to the flow chart 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.

Business grants flowchart

More information about each grant

Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed businesses)

LRSG (closed) details
Grant SchemeWhich businesses does it apply to?Valid in which tiers?Valid datesApplication Window
LRSG (Closed)Rate paying businesses required to close during the period of National lockdown 5 Nov - 1 DecNational lockdown 2 (LRSG (Closed addendum))5 Nov - 1 DecNow until March 2021
LRSG (Closed)Rate paying businesses required to close their main service between 2 Dec - 30 DecTier 2 &3 LRSG (Closed)2 Dec – 30 DecStatus: Currently open. Eligible businesses to be paid automatically based upon any previous LRSG (closed addendum) applications
LRSG (Closed)Rate paying businesses required to close their main service between 31 Dec and 4 JanTier 4 LRSG (Closed Tier 4)31 Dec – 4 JanStatus: Active. Eligible businesses to be paid based on any previous LRSG (closed addendum) application. These businesses have been contacted.
LRSG (Closed)Rate paying businesses required to close their main service from 5 Jan onwardsNational lockdown5 Jan - onwardsStatus: Active. Eligible businesses to be paid based upon any previous LRSG (closed addendum) application, these businesses have been contacted.

Local Restrictions Support Grants (open)

LRSG (Open) details
Grant SchemeWhich businesses does it apply to?Valid in which TiersValid datesApplication Window
LRSG (Open)Businesses open and severely impacted by local restrictions. Aimed at: Businesses in the Hospitality, Accomodation or Leisure sectors (Business ratepayer/ Non Business ratepayer); OR Direct suppliers to businesses in the Hospitality, Accommodation, or Leisure Sectors (Business ratepayer/ Non Business ratepayer)2 and 32 Dec – 30 DecCurrently open. We are awarding automatically to business ratepayers in the Hospitality, Accommodation or Leisure sectors based on any previous application made to the LRSG (closed addendum) scheme. Other businesses can apply below

Additional Restrictions Grant scheme

ARG/discretionary grant details
Grant SchemeWhich businesses does it apply to?Valid in which tiers?Valid datesApplication Window
ARG/ Disc FundBusinesses required to close under National or Tier restrictions that do not pay business rates and other businesses severely affected by National or Tier restrictionsTier 3 & 4 and National Lockdown5 Nov - 1 DecemberApplication window closed on 15 Dec. You can no longer apply for this grant for this period.
ARG/ Disc FundBusinesses required to close under National or Tier restrictions that do not pay business rates and other businesses severely affected by National or Tier restrictionsTier 3 & 4 and National Lockdown31 Dec - onwards (until out of National Lockdown)Currently open. We are contacting businesses who received ARG funding for November/December 2020 directly – they will not need to submit another application. Other businesses can apply using the form below. More details under the "national lockdown" tab.

Christmas support grant for wet-led pubs (CSG) 

Wet-led pubs grant details
Grant SchemeWhich businesses does it apply to?Valid in which TiersValid datesApplication Window
Christmas support grant for wet-led pubsOpen or closed pubs and bars who meet and can evidence the criterian/aDecemberApplication window EXTENDED UNTIL 28 FEBRUARY 2021. Application form can be found below.

Retail, Leisure and Hospitality one-off grant 

One-off grant details
Grant SchemeWhich businesses does it apply to?Valid in which TiersValid datesApplication Window
Retail, Leisure and Hospitality one-off grantRate paying businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors required to close their main serviceNational lockdown5 Jan - onwardsRelevant businesses awarded based upon application under LRSG (closed addendum)

Local Restrictions Support Grant (sector)

LRSG (sector) details
Grant schemeWhich businesses does it apply to?Valid in which TiersValid datesApplication Window
LRSG (sector)Rate paying businesses required to close continuously since March (e.g. Nightclubs)All (except national lockdown)1– 4 Nov; and 2-30 DecN/A. Relevant businesses awarded based upon application under LRSG (closed addendum)

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.

1. Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum) - LRSG (closed)

The Local Restrictions Grant (Closed Addendum) scheme is available for businesses that were required to close by the Government as a result of national COVID restrictions, for the period 5 November to 1 December 2020. 

Businesses which were mandated to close by the Government include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses. 

Businesses required to close but operating a click and collect service or restaurants operating a takeaway service may still be eligible. 

To qualify, the business must have been: 

  • open as usual before the November lockdown restrictions. 
  • providing services in person to customers from the premises. 
  • required to close due to restrictions imposed by Government. 
  • in receipt of a business rates bill for the premises before the restrictions commenced. 

The grant for eligible businesses is based on the rateable value for the premises and will be a single payment for the period 5 November to 2 December as follows: 

  • £1,334 where the rateable value is £15,000 or less, 
  • £2,000 where the rateable value is between £15,001 and £50,999, 
  • £3,000 where the rateable value is £51,000 or above. 

This grant is for the period of national lockdown 5 November to 1 December 2020 but applications can be made retrospectively. 

Applying for Local Restrictions Support Grant for 5 November to 1 December online. 

Apply for the grant using the online form. It'll make it easier to have any necessary information and accompanying documentation available before starting your submission to avoid the form timing out. 

You will need your business rates account number, bank details and some company identification information such as a company number, VAT number, Charity Commission number or similar. You may also be asked to upload a bank statement if you have recently changed your bank or we do not have your details already. More information is in the form. 

You may need to register with the myAllerdale system before submitting an application. If you already have an account, you do not need to register again - just login with your details. 

Please note that we will use the information from this application to determine if you are eligible for any ongoing support grant payments 

Apply for the LRSG (closed)

2. Additional Restrictions Grant  

The Additional Restrictions Grant is an additional one off payment provided to Local Authorities to support businesses as a result of national restrictions. 

We initially used this funding to support businesses severely impacted by the national restrictions who were not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed). Applications for this scheme closed at 5pm on 15 December 2020. 

The Council will review any remaining funding and any future grant schemes using this funding will be detailed on this page, if and when available. 

1. Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) 

This grant is for hospitality, accommodation and leisure businesses which remained open during Tier 2 restrictions but were severely affected.  It also covers direct supply chain businesses to the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors who can demonstrate they were severely impacted during Tier 2 restrictions.  

The eligibility criteria are outlined in the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) Scheme . Please ensure you read this document prior to applying for this grant.  

The grant for eligible businesses in Allerdale (based on those set out in the government guidance) will be a payment for each eligible property per 14 day qualifying restriction period of:   

  • £467 for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value (or fixed premises costs) of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.   
  • £700 for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value (or fixed premises costs) over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.   
  • £1,050 for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value (or fixed premises costs) of exactly £51,000 or above on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.     

What do I need to do?

It all depends on your particular circumstances and whether you have already recently applied for a grant from us under the LRSG (closed) scheme. For many businesses you do not need to do anything. 

Eligible businesses with a rateable value

For those hospitality, accommodation and leisure businesses WITH a rateable value, AND that have previously applied for a grant since 5 November 2020 (the previous lockdown period) under another grant scheme: 

  • We intend to make payments using the information provided on your previous LRSG (Closed Addendum) application
  • So the good news is you do NOT need to fill any further application form in. 
  • We shall pay you directly with the information we have already. Check your bank statements over the coming weeks. We'll provide details of when payments have been made on this page. 

If you are a hospitality, accommodation and leisure businesses WITH a rateable value which has NOT already applied for the LRSG (closed business) grant, then do so online now

Eligible businesses without a rateable value, or direct supply chain business

For hospitality, accommodation and leisure businesses WITHOUT a rateable value as well as for any direct supply chain businesses with or without a rateable value: 

  • Please apply below
  • Check which form you need to use - this will depend on whether you have previously applied for a Covid-related grant from us recently.

If you are eligible for a grant and have already recently applied for and been awarded a Covid-related business grant from us we are aiming to use data you have provided to us previously to make applications more efficient. These will include your bank details and other information such as evidence of fixed premises related costs.  

Therefore if you have applied for and been awarded a Covid-related business grant since 5 November 2020 and your business and/or bank details have not changed since then, please complete the ‘short form’ below – this will only take a few minutes – but please make sure that you have your most recent Allerdale Borough Council grant application reference number to hand before you begin. This is a 7 digit reference number starting with 7 or 8 and will be on your grant offer letter.

Apply using the short form

If you have not recently (ie since November 5 2020) applied for a Covid-related business grant or have not been successfully awarded a grant then please fill in the ‘long form’ below.  

Before you do, please make sure you have ready the eligibility criteria outlined in the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) Scheme .  

You will need to tell us: 

  • Details about you as the applicant; 
  • What type of business you run and a relevant identification number for your business (company/charity reference number or unique taxpayer reference number); 
  • Your business bank account details and documentary evidence of this that clearly shows the bank account name, address, account number and sort code (please note that without this document we will not be able to process your application); 
  • Evidence to support the fixed costs you are claiming; 
  • Your Business Rates account reference (if applicable); 
  • How your business has been affected by tier 2 restrictions (and evidence to support that). 

Apply using the full form

 

2. Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) 

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) scheme applies to businesses who have a rateable value which were legally required to close under Tier 2 Restrictions.

As fewer businesses were required to close under Tier 2 than under national restrictions, we are paying these businesses automatically. 

Please do not apply for this scheme using the online application form for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) which applies to the National Lockdown period in November. 

The grant for eligible businesses is based on the rateable value for the business premises and will be a payment for each eligible property per 14 day qualifying restriction period:

  • £667 where the rateable value is £15,000 or less, 
  • £1,000 where the rateable value is between £15,001 and £50,999, 
  • £1,500 where the rateable value is £51,000 or above.

 

3. Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs 

The Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs is a one off £1,000 payment which is payable on top of grant funding available through the Local Restrictions Support Grant. 

Wet-led pubs are defined as those who derive under 50% of their income from food sales. These businesses can be either open or closed under the current restrictions but must be active businesses. 

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a Christmas Support Payment, your business must:  

  • operate as a Public House 
  • be based in Allerdale 
  • trading on the 30 November 2020 
  • have an active Business Rates account on 1 December 2020 
  • derive less than 50% of your sales income from food 
  • not have exceeded the permitted state-aid threshold 
  • not be in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made. 

For the purpose of the CSP, a Public House should under normal circumstances (without local or national restrictions) be open to the general public, allowing free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided, allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed and permit drinks to be purchased at a bar. 

A social club that allows free entry to visiting members of the public/customers may submit an application. 

The following types of business are excluded from the definition of a public house and are therefore not eligible for the support:  

  • restaurants 
  • cafes 
  • nightclubs 
  • hotels 
  • snack bars 
  • guesthouses 
  • boarding houses 
  • sporting venues 
  • music venues 
  • festival sites 
  • theatres 
  • museums 
  • exhibition halls 
  • cinemas 
  • concert halls 
  • casinos 

For eligible applications, grants will be paid to the registered business rate payer for the business property. 

If your business premises are not on the local rating list, you will not be entitled to a Christmas Support Payment. 

Further information can be found on the government website .

You can see more about the scheme in the  guidance document to local authorities  

How to apply for the wet-led pubs support payment

To apply you must: 

  • provide your business rates account number where you have one. If your business premises are not on the local rating list, you will not be entitled to a Christmas Support Payment. 
  • provide a reference number for your business. This could be a VAT number, company reference number, self-assessment number, partnership number, NI number, unique taxpayer number or a registered charity number 
  • use the online form (you may have the register with our myAllerdale system)   

Apply for the wet-led pubs grant  

Deadline for applications is 28 February 2021. This was extended on 29 January 2021. 

Cumbria was placed in Tier 4 (Stay at Home) Restrictions from midnight on Wednesday 30 December. 

1. Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) 

Tier 4 Localised Restrictions Support Grant is for businesses who have a rateable value and were forced to close on 31 December 2020 when the borough went into Tier 4 restrictions.

As these businesses are the same businesses which were required to close under national restrictions in November, it is our intention to pay these businesses without an application form. We will email businesses to confirm they are still trading.

Businesses must inform us if their situation or their bank details have changed. 

The grant for eligible businesses is based on the rateable value for the business premises and will be a payment for each eligible property per 14 day qualifying restriction period. 

  • £667 where the rateable value is £15,000 or less, 
  • £1,000 where the rateable value is between £15,001 and £50,999, 
  • £1,500 where the rateable value is £51,000 or above. 

If you have not yet applied for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) for the November National Lockdown but believe you are eligible for this grant, the application form remains open. If your application is approved, we will also be able to approve your grant under the Tier 4 Restrictions. 

2. Additional Restrictions Grant 

We are using the Additional Restrictions Grant funding we have received to support those businesses who are severely impacted by Tier 4 restrictions but not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed).  As Allerdale was only in Tier 4 for 5 days we have combined this period with the national restrictions that began on 5 January for applications and payments under the ARG. 

Full details of the ARG scheme are given below under the ‘National lockdown (5 January 2021 to at least mid-February)’ section. 

The government has announced a new financial package for businesses which are affected by the new national lockdown which starts on Tuesday 5 January. We'll update this page once we've received further details. 

1. Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum) 

Although we are awaiting guidance and funding from central government, it is expected that we will automatically pay those businesses who were mandated to close in the November national lockdown based upon their initial application under the National Lockdown (5 November to 1 December). 

As these businesses are the same businesses which were required to close under national restrictions in November, it is our intention to pay these businesses without an application form. We will contact businesses asking them to confirm that their details have not changed.

Businesses must inform us if their situation or their bank details have changed. 

Payments should be made by the end of January 2021. Please check our website and social media for any updates.

If you have not yet applied for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) for the November National Lockdown but believe you are eligible for this grant, the application form remains open. If your application is approved, we will also be able to approve your grant under the Tier 4 Restrictions 

2. Retail, Leisure and Hospitality one-off grant 

Due to the new national lockdown restrictions, the Chancellor has announced a new one-off top up grant for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value. 

The grant amounts are based on the rateable value for the business premises and will be a one off payment for each eligible property. 

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under 
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,001 and £51,000 
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000 

We are currently contacting businesses to confirm that they are continuing to trade.   

3. Additional Restrictions Grant scheme 

Local authorities have been allocated a sum of money to support businesses who are suffering as a result of national and local restrictions and that fall outside of the main grant schemes detailed above. Local authorities have been given the discretion to develop their own grant schemes.

We launched a second ARG scheme to cover the period 31 December onwards. Initially this was to cover the period to 15 February as we were clear about the restrictions in place until then.   We are currently reviewing the implications of the extension to national restrictions announced by the Government on 22 February and the funding remaining which will determine whether this scheme can be extended.  The scheme is currently still open to applications.

This grant funding is to help those businesses that are forced to close, but have no rateable value, or those which – while not legally forced to close – are nonetheless severely impacted by Tier 4 and national lockdown restrictions.  

The eligibility criteria are outlined in the Additional Restrictions Grant - Discretionary grants scheme policy (updated - LCAL 4 or National Restrictions). Please ensure you read this document prior to applying for this grant.  

The grant amounts for eligible businesses are set out in the policy document as an amount per 14 day qualifying restriction period.  The Council intends initially to pay a single grant payment pro rata to cover the period 31 December to 15 February (47 days).  We are currently reviewing the implications of the extension to national restrictions announced by the Government on 22 February and the funding remaining which will determine whether this scheme can be extended and any additional payments made.   

What do I need to do to apply?

It depends on whether you have already received a grant from us under the previous ARG scheme covering the November/December national lockdown.

Businesses that have received a discretionary business grant through the previous Additional Restrictions Grant (Round 1, November/December 2020) will be contacted directly. You do not need to complete a new application form.

Other businesses will need to complete the application form below.

Before you do, please make sure you have read the eligibility criteria outlined in the Additional Restrictions Grant - Discretionary grants scheme policy (updated - LCAL 4 or National Restrictions)

You will need to tell us: 

  • Details about you as the applicant; 
  • What type of business you run and a relevant identification number for your business (company/charity reference number or unique taxpayer reference number); 
  • Your business bank account details and documentary evidence of this that clearly shows the bank account name, address, account number and sort code (please note that without this document we will not be able to process your application); 
  • Evidence to support the fixed costs you are claiming; 
  • Your Business Rates account reference (if applicable); 
  • How your business has been affected by Tier 4/National Lockdown restrictions (and evidence to support that). 

Apply for the ARG

1. Second payment cycle covering 16 February to 31 March 2021

Under the government's lockdown easing roadmap payments will be made in accordance with the following. This is part of the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) scheme:

  • 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, there is no need for you to do anything. We shall pay the money straight into your bank account using the information we already hold on your business.  We are currently awaiting further details on the grant and the funding from the government, but will make the payments to you as soon as these are confirmed.

If you have not already applied under the LRSG (closed) scheme and think your business is eligible, then apply now .

2. Additional Restrictions Grant

Local authorities have been allocated a sum of money to support businesses who are suffering as a result of national and local restrictions and that fall outside of the main grant schemes detailed above. Local authorities have been given the discretion to develop their own grant schemes.

We launched a second ARG scheme to cover the period 31 December onwards. Initially this was to cover the period to 15 February as we were clear about the restrictions in place until then.   We are currently reviewing the implications of the extension to national restrictions announced by the Government on 22 February and the funding remaining which will determine whether this scheme can be extended.  The scheme is currently still open to applications.

This grant funding is to help those businesses that are forced to close, but have no rateable value, or those which – while not legally forced to close – are nonetheless severely impacted by Tier 4 and national lockdown restrictions.  

The eligibility criteria are outlined in the Additional Restrictions Grant - Discretionary grants scheme policy (updated - LCAL 4 or National Restrictions). Please ensure you read this document prior to applying for this grant.  

The grant amounts for eligible businesses are set out in the policy document as an amount per 14 day qualifying restriction period.  The Council intends initially to pay a single grant payment pro rata to cover the period 31 December to 15 February (47 days).  We are currently reviewing the implications of the extension to national restrictions announced by the Government on 22 February and the funding remaining which will determine whether this scheme can be extended and any additional payments made.   

See more information and how to apply in the tab entitled "National lockdown (5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021" for more information.

General notes on tax, data sharing and State Aid 

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. 

State aid rules and requirements apply to these grant schemes.  Read the rules on the Temporary Framework for State Aid for COVID-19 responses. By accepting any of these Covid-19 business grant you must confirm that you are not in breach of these rules. Under the Temporary Framework for State Aid for COVID-19 responses there is a maximum of approximately £721,000 that can be received from public authorities within a three year period, the equivalent of up to €800,000 of aid.

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. 

Additional documents

State aid

If we have asked you to declare the amount of State Aid you have previously received, please complete the De Minimis form below and return it to us at the address stated, or email it to revenues@allerdale.gov.uk. We can also email or post a form to you on request.

‘De Minimis’ & Covid-19 Temporary Framework Declaration form 294.5 KB

Grant refusal

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 revenues@allerdale.gov.uk. We can also email or post a form to you on request.

LRSG grant refusal form 289.0 KB

Grants we have administered previously

Applications for these grants have now closed.

This grant scheme has now closed.

Additional Restrictions Grant

The Additional Restrictions Grant was intended to support businesses that were impacted by restrictions imposed from 5 November to 2 December 2020, but not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed). It was designed to help those businesses that:

  • were forced to close, but had no rateable value,
  • or those which – while not legally forced to close – were severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of Covid-19.

Applications for this grant closed at 5pm on 15 December 2020.

The second round of the Additional Restrictions Grant/Discretionary Grant is now open and details can be found under the tab above entitled "National lockdown".