Grants to support businesses affected by COVID-19 now open

Wednesday November 18, 2020

Businesses that have been unable to reopen since 23 March 2020 can now APPLY.

The government is providing funding to help business properties which have been unable to reopen since 23 March 2020 due to national restrictions, for example nightclubs. Such businesses will be able to apply for a grant payment to cover the period 1-4 November 2020, prior to the national lockdown on 5 November. From 5 November 2020, these businesses will be eligible for a national business support grant as below.

Business support grants for business ratepayers forced to close from 5 November 2020 (national scheme)

The government has put in place a grant scheme for businesses that have been forced to close due to the national restrictions from 5 November 2020.

Grants are based on the rateable value of the property and will be paid per 28-day qualifying restriction period.

  • Businesses occupying properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under can get a grant payment of £1,334
  • Businesses occupying properties with a rateable value between £15,001 and £50,999 can get a grant payment of £2,000
  • Businesses occupying properties with a rateable value of £51,000 and over can get a grant payment of £3,000

To be eligible for this grant, your business property must fall under one of the categories on the government’s list of businesses forced to close. Please note that if the majority of your business has been forced to close but you are operating a takeaway or click and collect service, you may still be eligible for a grant. However businesses that have chosen to close but have not been required to will not be eligible for this grant and should not apply. 

The government has also issued this advice for businesses:

Check if your business is eligible for a coronavirus grant due to national restrictions (for closed businesses)

How to apply

The link below contains the application form to apply for a grant. The form will capture the information required by the council to verify and make payment of the grant to your business.

To apply for this grant you will need:

  • Your business rates account reference which can be found on your business rates bill 2020/2021
  • A business bank statement covering the period from 1 September 2020 or your latest bank statement, within the last three months (this will be the account to which the grant payment will be made)
  • Your Company Registration Number (CRN) if applicable
  • Your VAT Registration Number if applicable

What happens next?

All applications will be validated and a decision made as to whether the business is eligible for a grant and how much is payable. Payment will be made by BACS to the nominated bank account after the payment has been approved.

Please only complete this application form if the business has been forced to close, you have a Business Rates account number and are currently liable for Business Rates.

Local Restriction Support Grants application form

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.

Discretionary business support grants

The government is also providing funding to local councils to provide extra support for businesses. Cheltenham Borough Council are looking at the best way they can use this funding to support businesses in the Cheltenham area that have been severely impacted and will publish details of the scheme and an on line application form once available.  

Cheltenham Borough Council are currently working on the policy and the application form for these discretionary grants which will be available soon

State Aid

The amended Temporary Framework enables EU Member States to give up to the nominal value of

€800,000 per company. This can be combined also with so-called de minimis aid (to bring the aid per company to up to €1 million) and with other specific types of aid. Any business that has reached the limits of payments permissible under the De Minimis and the UK Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework will not be able to receive further grant funding.