Guide to Coronavirus grants for businesses

There are a number of grants available for businesses which offer addition support due to Coronavirus restrictions.

Support for businesses during the national lockdown period starting 5 January 2021

The LRSG (Closed) Addendum plus the one-off Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment, are available to support businesses throughout this period of national restriction. If you have already received a grant for the lockdown beginning 5th November you should have also automatically received the closed business lockdown payment and a grant for the period 5 January to 15 February. Payment will be sent shortly for the period 16 February to 31 March.

Please contact the the business rates team if you have not automatically received your grant for the period beginning 16 February by 20 March or if you have not received any payments and feel that you should qualify.

More information on eligibility can be found on the gov.uk website.

Please note the closing date for applications for the closed business lockdown payment and payment cycle up to 15 February is 31 March 2021

Current grant schemes

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG Closed Addendum) - This scheme covers the national lockdown from 5 November to 2 December. The scheme is for businesses who pay business rates and were forced to close due to the national lockdown. Applications must be received before 31.3.2021.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG Closed Tier 4 Addendum) - This scheme covers the period from 19th December when we were in Tier 3 for one day and Tier 4 from 20th December. The scheme is for businesses who pay business rates and were mandated to close. These are the same businesses which were mandated to close during the national lockdown between 5.11.20 - 2.12.20. We will use you applications from this earlier period to assess entitlement for this new period. Applications must be received before 31.3.2021.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG Discretionary) - This scheme supports closed businesses that do not directly pay business rates as well as businesses that do not have to close but which are impacted by Coronavirus restrictions. Tranche 2 of this scheme will open 1 March 2021 and will close midnight 31 March 2021.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG Closed)  - This scheme covers the period that we were in Tier 2, i.e. from 2 December 2020 - 18th December 2020.  This scheme is businesses with pay business rates and were mandated to close. From the 19th December 2020 the LRSG Closed TIER 4 Addendum scheme applies. Applications must be received before 31.3.2021.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG Open) -  This scheme covers the period from 2 December 2020 - 18th December 2020, i.e. the period that East Herts was in tier 2 and 3. This scheme is for businesses which have not had to close but have been impacted by the tier system restrictions. Applications must be received before 31.3.2021.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) - This scheme is for businesses which have had to stay closed since 23 March 2020 - for example nightclubs, dance halls, sexual entertainment and hostess bars. More information on the scheme is available on the GOV.UK website. Applications must be received before 31.3.2021.

Wet Pub Grant - wet-led pub is defined as a pub that derives less than 50% of its income from sales of food. If you think you might be eligible please complete our Wet Grant form. Applications must be received before 28.2.2021

Grant Payments

The table below shows the number and total of grant payments as of 6 April 2021.

Business rates grant figures
Grant Period that they relate to; Closing date for applications Amount paid out Applications paid Application process
LRSG Closed (addendum) 05.11.20 - 01.12.20 31.03.21 £1,541,416.00 949 Open until 31.03.21
Open 02.12.20 - 18.12.20 31.03.21 £146,459.13 228 Open until 31.03.21
Closed 02.12.20 - 18.12.20 31.03.21 £19,839.05 21 Open until 31.03.21
LRSG (addendum)  19.12.20 - 04.01.21 31.03.21 £921,287.94 936 Open until 31.03.21
LRSG (addendum)  05.01.21 - 15.02.21 31.03.21 £2,341,128.00 958 Open until 31.03.21
LRSG (addendum) 16.2.21-31.3.21 31.03.21 £2,421,018.00 947 Open until 31.05.21
Top up - one off payments one off payments for latest lockdown 31.03.21 £4,675,000.00 957 Open until 31.03.21

Sector

01.11.20 - 04.11.20 and 02.12.20 - 19.12.20 31.03.21 £5,571.42 2 Open until 31.03.21
Wet-led pubs Eligibility ends 29.12.20 Closed £66,000.00 66 Closed
ARG - Tranche 1 From 05.11.20 - 31.03.22 Closed £1,283,950.00 310 Tranche 1 closed 05.01.21

ARG - Tranche 2

From 5.11.20 - 31.03.22 31.03.21 £251,666.00 103 Tranch 2 open 1.3.21 - 31.3.21