Local Restrictions Support Grant – for businesses mandated to close for lockdown

Government announced a national lockdown for all of those business in the non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality sectors.  This is for the fixed 28 day period from 5 November 2020 until 2 December 2020.

Your business may be eligible for this grant if it:

  • Occupies property on which it pays business rates, and

  • Has been forced to close for at least 4 weeks because of the national lockdown, or

  • Has adapted their business to offer takeaway or 'click and collect' products (see below)


It has been agreed that businesses who have adapted their business to offer takeaways and 'click and collect' products will be eligible for this scheme.  This is because their substantive business had to close.  This will include, for example, a restaurant that can no longer receive seated guests but has instead moved towards providing takeaway food collection or deliveries.

Grant funding is provided in the following tiers:

A) £1,334 per 28-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of commencement of the local restrictions.

B) £2,000 per 28-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of commencement of the local restrictions.

C) £3,000 per 28-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the date of commencement of the local restrictions.

 

Exclusions

This grant will not be paid to the following:

  • Businesses who have been able to stay open because they are deemed to be offering 'essential retail' or guest houses and hotels who are able to stay open to offer overnight accommodation to key workers.

  • Businesses whose substantive business is a takeaway.

  • Businesses that are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors).

  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant. This includes business premises which were already closed directly before the restrictions were imposed.

  • Businesses which have already reached the State Aid limit (see below).

  • Businesses which are subject to insolvency or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

 

In order to qualify for this grant businesses must have been established and trading prior to the introduction of the local restrictions.

Businesses must confirm that they are eligible for the grant scheme and must confirm that, by accepting payments, recipients are in compliance with State Aid rules.

Businesses must notify the Council if they no longer meet the eligibility criteria at any point in each 28-day grant cycle period.

This grant income is taxable and must be included in the tax return of the business.

The Council will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud.  Any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution, any funding issued will be recovered, as may any grants paid in error.

The Council will undertake pre-payment checks to combat the risks of fraud and payment error.

Grant recipients may be contacted for research purposes and your data will be shared with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy for research and evaluation purposes.

Businesses will be informed of the outcome of their application.  There is no right of appeal.

Grant payments will be published on the Council’s Transparency webpage.

Download Application Form

Please make sure your application is fully complete, that you have signed it and that you include a copy of your most recent business bank statement.  Please email your application to LRSG@barrowbc.gov.uk.  We will accept applications submitted through the postal system but these will take longer to reach us and to process:

Postal submissions: 

Business Support Grants
Barrow Borough Council
Town Hall
Duke Street
Barrow-in-Furness
Cumbria
LA14 2LD


State Aid

The Local Restrictions Support Grant counts towards State Aid.

Payments count towards the total de-minimis State Aid you’re allowed to get over a 3-year period - €200,000.  If you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework.  The limit for the framework is €800,000.

If you proceed to make an application we will ask you to complete a declaration confirming that you will not exceed the relevant State Aid threshold.