Business Support Grants

Updates for businesses.

RESTART GRANTS from April 2021

The Government has now published guidance documentation for the Restart Grant scheme announced by the Chancellor at the recent Budget. The guidance documentation can be found here.

Restart Grant Guidance

The Restart Grant scheme is for businesses in the rating list only and is a one off grant.

The Restart Grant will support non-essential retail premises and the following thresholds apply for these businesses:

a. Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.

b. Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.

c. Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.

The Restart Grant will also support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises and the following thresholds apply for these businesses:

a. Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000.

b. Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000.

c. Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000.

Please note: We are busily reviewing the guidance and software requirements but will aim to make payments as soon as possible in April. Further details will be updated on the website so check back for details.

The Government announced that funding would be made available for those business rated premises which have been mandated to close. The funding is for the period 16 February 2021 – 31 March 2021 (44 days).  If you have an application for the LRSG (Closed) Addendum payment accepted we have now made all payments up to 31st March 2021.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The Additional Restrictions Grant will be payable as a one off discretionary payment to businesses meeting the eligibility criteria between 16 February 2021 and 31 March 2021.

The scheme is now live and we are inviting new applications via the secure online form between 8 April and 23 April.    

Business Support Grant Application Form

Stroud District Council ARG Policy

If you have previously received a payment under the ARG and LRSGA schemes you do not need to make a further application. We are currently identifying and verifying these cases and will be in contact with businesses by email with confirmation details. We will aim to complete this process and make payments automatically by 16 April.   

Closed Lockdown Payment

The government has announced extra Support for Businesses which is in addition to the Local Restriction Support grants  - Chancellors Announcement January 2021 

If you have received the LRSG (Closed) Addendum payment we have now automatically paid the top of grant of £4,000, £6,000 or £9,000 to you. 

Types of Grant

The table below sets out the various levels of Government restrictions from 1 November 2020 to 31st March 2021 along with the various grants payable to local businesses during the period.

 

1 Nov - 4 Nov
2020

5 Nov - 1 Dec
2020

2 Dec - 25 Dec 2020

26Dec - 30 Dec 2020

31 Dec 202 - 4 Jan 2021

5 Jan - 15 Feb
2021

16 Feb – 31 Mar
2021

Class of Covid Restriction

No local restrictions

National restrictions

Tier 2

Tier 3

 

Tier 4

National restrictions

National restrictions

Category of Business Grants Payable

           

 

 

LRSG (Sector)

X

 

X

X

   

 

 

LRSG (Closed) Addendum

 

X

     

X

X

X

(Closed) Lockdown payment

           

X

X

ARG

 

X

   

 

X

X

X

LRSG (Closed)

   

X

X

   

 

 

LRSG (Open)

   

X

X

   

 

 
             

 

 

No of days

4

27

23

5

5

42

44

 

 

Grant Amounts

The value of grants payable across the period is set out below:

 

1 Nov - 4 Nov
2020

5 Nov - 1 Dec
2020

2 Dec - 25 Dec 2020

26 Dec - 30 Dec 2020

31 Dec 2020 - 4 Jan 2021

5 Jan - 15 Feb
2021

16 Feb - 31 Mar
2021

Class of Covid Restriction

No local restrictions

National restrictions

Tier 2

Tier 3

 

Tier 4

National restrictions

National restrictions

Category of Business Grants Payable

           

 

 

LRSG (Sector)

RV up to  £15,000

RV £15,000 to £51,000

RV over £51,000

 

£190.57

£285.71

£428.57

 

 

£1,143.43

£1,714.29

£2,571.43

 

£238.21

£357.14

£535.71

   

 

 

LRSG (Closed) Addendum

RV up to  £15,000

RV £15,000 to £51,000

RV over £51,000

 

 

 

£1,334.00

£2,000.00

£3,000.00

   

 

 

 

£238.21

£357.14

£535.71

 

 

£2,001.00

£3,000.00

£4,500.00

 

 

£2,001.00

£3,000.00

£4,500.00

(Closed) Lockdown payment

RV up to  £15,000

RV £15,000 to £51,000

RV over £51,000

           

 

 

£4,000.00

£6,000.00

£9,000.00

 

ARG

Costs up to  £15,000

 Costs £15,000 to £51,000

Costs over £51,000

 

 

£1,334.00

£2,000.00

£3,000.00

 

 

 

 

£2,001.00

£3,000.00

£4,500.00

TBC

LRSG (Closed)

RV up to  £15,000

RV £15,000 to £51,000

RV over £51,000

   

 

£1,143.43

£1,714.29

£2,571.43

 

£238.21

£357.14

£535.71

   

 

 

LRSG (Open)

Costs up to  £15,000

 Costs £15,000 to £51,000

Costs over £51,000

   

 

£800.57

£1,200.00

£1,800.00

 

£166.79

£250.00

£375.00

   

 

 
             

 

 

No of days

4

27

24

5

5

42

44

Support For Business Guidance

Stroud Local Restrictions Support Grants

All businesses that wish to claim will have to complete the secure online form by clicking on the link below. 

Business Support Grant Application Form

All applications will be validated and a determination made as to whether the business is eligible for a grant and how much. Payment will be made as soon as practical after the assessment has been made.

The government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud and any business caught falsifying their statements or evidence to gain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.

 

Christmas Support Payment Stroud Local Restriction Support Grant for wet-led pubs

We have now received guidance from central government regarding the new £1000 support payment for wet-led pubs, please see the link below for details.  We have contacted all business that we feel maybe eligible for this payment, inviting them to make and application for this grant.  If you feel you maybe eligible but have not received and invitation to apply, please contact us as a matter of urgency by email to business.rates@stroud.gov.uk

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

The closing date for applications against this scheme was the 28th February 2021, we are therefore no longer able to accept new applications for this scheme.

Financial Support For Businesses During Coronavirus

Frequently Asked Questions - Additional Restrictions Grant

Frequently Asked Questions - Local Restrictions Support Grants (open)

Frequently Asked Questions - Local Restrictions Support Grants (sector)

Frequently Asked Questions - Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed)

Frequently Asked Questions - Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) addendum

Extra protection for businesses who rent premises

GFirst LEP - the Local Economic Partnership for Gloucestershire Stroud District Council works closely with GFirst LEP. GFirst LEP is leading the provision of support for businesses through the Coronavirus Pandemic. Please view www.gfirstlep.com/news/coronavirus-updates to access up to date news, advice and support that is available for your business.

Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction - view www.gov.uk for details.

Expanded Retail Discount

The Government announced in the Budget on 29 October 2018 that it would provide a Business Rates Retail Discount, to apply in the years 2019/20 and 2020/21. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, in the Budget on 11 March the Government announced that it would increase the discount to 100% and extend it to include the leisure and hospitality sectors. Following the announcement on 23 March 2020 of further measures to limit the spread of coronavirus, the Government confirmed that some of the exclusions for this relief have been removed, so that retail, leisure, and hospitality properties that will have had to close as a result of the restriction measures will now be eligible for the relief.

This relief will apply to retail, leisure and hospitality properties in the year 2020/21. There will be no rateable value limit on the relief.

Business Rates 2021/22  

From the 1st April 2021 a revised retail discount is applicable.  For the period 1st April 2021 to 30th June 2021 a 100% discount is applicable, but from the 1st July 2021 to 31st March 2022 the discount is reduced to 66.6% of the pro rata charge.

Certain cash cap limits apply to the new discount scheme, basic details are below:

No cash caps will apply for the period between 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021.

Under the cash caps, a ratepayer may only receive up to the following cash caps of Expanded Retail Discount in 2021/22 ignoring any relief for the period before 1 July 2021:

£2 million for ratepayers meeting the eligibility for the closed cash cap test, or £105,000 for all other ratepayers.

For further guidance please click the link below:

Expanded Relief Guidance

Cash Cap Declaration With Explanation Letter

Cash Cap Declaration

Refusal of Expanded Retail Relief Discount Form

Nursery Discount

We have now been given guidance regarding a business rates nursery discount. Please see link below for qualifying criteria.

Nursery Discount Guidance

The relief will apply to properties occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

For the financial year from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021, a 100% discount is applicable.

From the 1st April 2021 a revised nursery discount is applicable.  For the period 1st April 2021 to 30th June 2021 a 100% discount is applicable, but from the 1st July 2021 to 31st March 2022 the discount is reduced to 66.6% of the pro rata charge.

Certain cash cap limits apply to the new discount scheme, basic details are below:

No cash caps will apply for the period between 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021.

Under the cash caps, a ratepayer may only receive up to the following cash caps of Nursey Discount in 2021/22 ignoring any relief for the period before 1 July 2021:

£105,000 for all ratepayers.

For further guidance please click the link below:

Nursery Discount Guidance

State Aid/Subsidy Control 

The rules on the amount of state aid a business is allowed to claim changed on 04 March 2021 - please see full details about subsidy control;

Subsidy Control State Aid March 2021

A downloadable subsidy declaration form is available here:

Subsidy Allowance Declaration

The new domestic subsidy allowance for the Covid-19 business support grants took effect on 4 March 2021. Applications made prior to that date are subject to the previous state aid rules. The new subsidy allowance scheme is covered by 3 subsidy allowances:

  • Small amounts of financial assistance allowance – you’re allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of 3 years
  • Covid-19 business grant allowance – you’re allowed up to £1,600,000
  • Covid-19 business grant special allowance - if you have reached your limits

Under the small amounts of financial assistance allowance and Covid-19 business grant allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £9,000,000, provided certain conditions are met.

Grants under these 3 allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £10,935,000 (subject to exchange rates).

 

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