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Covid-19 business support grants overview

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The Government is providing support to businesses through a number of grant schemes administered by Exeter City Council.

See the full Government guidance.

Some businesses may be eligible for grants from more than one scheme. Even where that is the case, a separate application must be made for each scheme.

Current schemes

The four schemes currently open for applications in Exeter are:

  1. Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) - Sector which applies to businesses that have had to remain closed since March 2020 i.e. nightclubs, dance halls or adult entertainment.
  2. Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) - Closed Addendum which applies only for the period of national lockdown that was from 5 November 2020 to 1 December 2020 and is a one-off payment to businesses with a business rates liability who were mandated to close at that time.
  3. Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) - Closed which applies only from 2 December 2020 to 30 December 2020 to businesses who have a business rates liability that were mandated to close due to tier 2 restrictions being in place.
  4. Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs a one-off payment of £1,000 for pubs that derive under 50% of their income from food sales.

 

Schemes being developed

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) - Open a local discretionary scheme which applies from 2 December and is aimed at local businesses allowed to remain open but severely impacted by tier 2 or tier 3 restrictions. Local councils have the freedom to determine the precise eligibility criteria for this grant however the Government expects the funding to be targeted at hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast and leisure businesses.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) a local discretionary scheme to provide wider business support during the financial years 2020-21 and 2021-22 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) - Closed for the period from 31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 for  businesses with a business rates liability that were mandated to close due to tier 3 restrictions being in place.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) - Closed Addendum for the period of current national lockdown from 5 January 2021 for businesses with a business rates liability who are mandated to close.

 

Update 5 January 2021: The Chancellor has today announced new lockdown grants to support businesses. This includes top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to Spring, and a discretionary fund to support other impacted businesses.

Please do not contact the Council at this time for more information as detailed guidance has not yet been released by the Government to Local Authorities.

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) - Sector

Please note: We may share your personal data with other council services, other local authorities and government organisations to check the information provided in your application. We are administering these grants on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and your data will be shared with them for evaluation and research purposes. BEIS may contact you directly for research purposes.

This scheme only applies to businesses in England that have been legally required by Government to close nationally since 23 March 2020 i.e. nightclubs, dance halls or adult entertainment venues. The scheme runs until April 2021, with a review point in January 2021.

No application is necessary as the Council will contact eligible businesses

Businesses on the ratings list for Exeter that have been subject to national closures since 23 March 2020 will receive:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, a grant of £667 will be paid per 14-day period of closures
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000, a grant of £1,000 will be paid per 14-day period of closures
  • For properties with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above, a  grant of £1,500 will be paid per 14-day period of closures

 

This grant scheme came into effect from 1 November 2020. Closure periods for these businesses will run from this date and will not be back-dated further. So the first 14-day period begins 1 November 2020 and grant funding will be provided in 14-day tranches from this date

If a nightclub, dance hall or adult entertainment venue has repurposed as a bar, which has then been mandated to close under Tier 2 or Tier 3 local restrictions, they are eligible for (LRSG) – Closed subject to meeting all eligibility criteria for that scheme. The business would no longer qualify for (LRSG) -Sector as it has changed its primary purpose.

Any queries regarding this scheme should be emailed to business.rates@exeter.gov.uk

See the gov.uk website for more details of the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) - Sector.

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) – Closed Addendum

Please note: We may share your personal data with other council services, other local authorities and government organisations to check the information provided in your application. We are administering these grants on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and your data will be shared with them for evaluation and research purposes. BEIS may contact you directly for research purposes.

Businesses that were required to close in England due to the national ‘lockdown’ restrictions imposed from 5 November 2020 until 1 December 2020 are eligible for the following:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, a grant of £1,334 will be paid
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and below £51,000, a grant of £2,000 will be paid
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, a  grant of £3,000 will be paid

Please read the Government's guidance for businesses to determine if you are eligible.

To make a claim, complete the LRSG - Closed Addendum (5 Nov - 1 Dec) application form.

Do not use this form to claim a grant for the current national lockdown period from 5 January 2021. A separate application process is being developed for that

Any queries regarding this scheme should be emailed to business.rates@exeter.gov.uk

See the gov.uk website for more details of the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) – Closed Addendum.

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) - Closed

Please note: We may share your personal data with other council services, other local authorities and government organisations to check the information provided in your application. We are administering these grants on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and your data will be shared with them for evaluation and research purposes. BEIS may contact you directly for research purposes.

This scheme only applies to business types required to close under the new Tier system. If you are a business that has not been required to close, please look instead at the eligibility criteria for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) – Open

The eligibility period began on 2 December when national restrictions ended and Exeter was placed in Tier 2. Funding for this grant scheme is provided to Local Authorities for 14-day periods depending on eligibility from this date.

The Government reviewed the Tiers on 16 December 2020 and 30 December 2020. Exeter remained in Tier 2 from 17 December 2020 and then moved to Tier 3 from 31 December 2020.

Eligible businesses must have reopened after the first national lockdown (as a guide, non-essential shops were allowed to open from 15 June 2020), and must have been trading on 4 November before national restrictions were put in place from 5 November.

Local Authorities are authorised to award grants at the start of a mandated 14-day period of local restrictions resulting in business closure. Businesses that close in the middle of a payment cycle will not become eligible for the scheme until the start of the next 14-day payment cycle.

If the main service of a business is mandated to close then the business is eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant – Closed. So for businesses where the main indoor service is required to close but they are able to open outdoor services, they will still be eligible for LRSG - (Closed)

Businesses required to close because of Tier 2 restrictions in place from 2 December 2020 to 30 December 2020 can make a claim by completing the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) - Closed Tier 2 application form.

Businesses required to close because of Tier 3 restrictions in place from 31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 must not use this form to claim a grant. A separate application process is being developed for that.

Any queries regarding this scheme should be emailed to business.rates@exeter.gov.uk

See the gov.uk website for more details of the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) - Closed.

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) – Open

Please note: We may share your personal data with other council services, other local authorities and government organisations to check the information provided in your application. We are administering these grants on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and your data will be shared with them for evaluation and research purposes. BEIS may contact you directly for research purposes.

This is a local discretionary scheme which applies from 2 December and is aimed at local businesses allowed to remain open but severely impacted by tier 2 or tier 3 restrictions. Local councils have the freedom to determine the precise eligibility criteria for this grant however the Government expects the funding to be targeted at hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast and leisure businesses

As this is a discretionary scheme, a policy is being developed and will be available on this web page soon. When the policy is finalised it will be announced on our news website.

Government has announced the following funding levels as a guide for Local Authorities and expect Local Authorities to provide grant funding under the following levels, unless there is a local economic need to deviate:

  • Grants of £467 per 14-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under 
  • Grants of £700 per 14-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 
  • Grants of £1,050 per 14-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above

We expect the application process to be available in mid-January. In the mean-time, please register your intent to claim the LRSG (Open) grant.

Any queries regarding this scheme should be emailed to opengrant@exeter.gov.uk

See the gov.uk website for more details of the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) – Open.

 

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs (CSP)

Please note: We may share your personal data with other council services, other local authorities and government organisations to check the information provided in your application. We are administering these grants on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and your data will be shared with them for evaluation and research purposes. BEIS may contact you directly for research purposes.

On 1 December 2020, the Government announced the introduction of additional support over the festive period for wet-led pubs in areas under Tier 2 or 3 restrictions.

For the purposes of this grant, a wet-led pub is defined as a pub that derives less than 50% of its income from sales of food and pubs that apply may have to provide accounting evidence of this. These accounts should be dated no later than 11 March 2020 (covering a period when trade was not affected by Covid-19). Businesses established after 11 March 2020 and before 1 December 2020 will still be eligible for this grant and may be asked to supply accounting evidence that they derive under 50% of their income from food sales covering the period they have been open.

A flat-rate grant of £1,000 will be paid to wet-led pubs. Subject to state aid limits, businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible hereditament. So some businesses may receive more than one grant where they have more than one eligible hereditament. Those businesses will need to make a separate application for each eligible hereditament.

This grant can be paid on top of other Local Restriction Support Grants, for example (LRSG) – Closed or Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

Businesses must have been trading on 30 November (the day before this scheme was announced) to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme. Where local restrictions are preceded by national ‘lockdown’ measures, requiring the closure of businesses that are otherwise eligible, it is accepted that those businesses are still trading.

Pubs that derive over 50% of their income from food sales will not be eligible to receive funding through this grant scheme.

Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis, the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework and all other UK schemes under the terms of the European Commission’s Temporary Framework will not be eligible to receive a grant.

Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

There is no definitive description of a traditional pub or public House in law. Government guidance states that for the purposes of this grant, pubs should under normal circumstances (without local or national restrictions) be described as open to the general public, allow 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. The guidance also states that for these purposes, the definition of a pub should exclude restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos.

This scheme closed on 29 December 2020. Final applications must be received by Local Authorities by 31 January 2021.

To make a claim, complete the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs (CSP) application form

Any queries regarding this scheme should be emailed to business.rates@exeter.gov.uk

See the gov.uk website for more details of the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs (CSP).

 

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

Please note: We may share your personal data with other council services, other local authorities and government organisations to check the information provided in your application. We are administering these grants on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and your data will be shared with them for evaluation and research purposes. BEIS may contact you directly for research purposes.

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is there to support businesses that have had their trade affected by local restrictions or a national Lockdown.

A policy for Exeter is being developed and will be available on this webpage. When the policy is finalised it will be announced on our news website

Each local authority has the discretion to establish business grant schemes or other business support as best fits their area, to support their local economy.

Any queries regarding this scheme should be emailed to arg@exeter.gov.uk

See the gov.uk website for more details of the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).

 

 

When this content has been updated

Last updated 5 January 2021