Lockdown Latest - Grants Available to Business Affected by Lockdown
Following Staffordshire’s move to Tier 4 on 31 December and the Lockdown measures announced on 4 January, the Council has received notification of financial support that will be able to support local businesses through the difficult weeks ahead.
If you have previously received a Local Restrictions Support Grant because your business was forced to close from the 5 November, even if you were able to re-open on 2 December, we will automatically make fortnightly payments in line with the Local Restrictions Support Grant – Closed (LRSG-C) scheme detailed in the table below, for as long as you are prohibited from trading. You do not need to re-apply.
The Chancellor announced on 5 January a one-off top up grant for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses to help businesses through to the Spring. The one-off top-ups will be granted to closed retail, hospitality and leisure businesses as follows:
- £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
- £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
- £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000
Formal confirmation of the qualifying criteria have not yet been received from the government. We will the pay the grants automatically, from existing data wherever we can. This page will be updated as soon as we have received confirmation of details.
|Name of Grant||Businesses Affected|
|Christmas Support Grant for Wet Led Pubs||
Wet Led Pubs which are defined as pubs that derive less than 50% of their income from sales of food may be entitled to a £1,000 grant.
Full qualifying details appear here
The council has contacted the establishments that are likely to qualify.
|Local Restrictions Support Grant – Closed (LRSG-C)||
Businesses included in the Rating List, that are mandated to close by national or local trading restrictions.
Businesses that have changed their substantive operating processes so as to be able to continue to trade may also get this grant. For example restaurants that operate as takeaways or shops that operate as click and collect only, will still be eligible.
|Local Restrictions Support Grant – Open (LRSG-O)||
Businesses in the Leisure, Hospitality and Accommodation sectors who, whilst able to trade, are significantly impacted by trading restrictions.
|Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)||
Discretionary Grants are available to:
Businesses that would satisfy the LRSG-C criteria, operate from commercial premises, but do not have a rating assessment.
Businesses operating from domestic premises who are not allowed to trade.
Businesses that are not mandated to close but have closed due to their customers having been mandated to close (For example, companies providing business-to-business services exclusively to the leisure or hospitality sector).
|Local Restrictions Support Grant –Sector (LRSG-S)||
Nightclubs etc closed since 23 March 2020 will be eligible to receive grants from 1 November.
The Council has produced a policy for the distribution of funds - Local Restrictions Grant Policy (pdf 173kb)
An online application is required and the form and instructions are available below:
For further guidance and support available to businesses during Coronavirus use the button below:
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