Eligible businesses are those that have been told to close by the government and include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality business.
Those eligible must have a rateable value, be liable for business rates, and been trading before Wednesday 4 November and been required to close on Thursday 5 November. The grants will cover a four-week period to Wednesday 2 December when the national lockdown is scheduled to end.
The amounts payable are:
- For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, a grant of £1,334 per four weeks will be payable.
- For properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k, a grant of £2,000 per four weeks will be payable.
- For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over, a grant of £3,000 per four weeks will be payable.
Cllr Geoff Williamson, Executive Member for Finance, said: “We know this year has been incredibly difficult for local businesses, who were just starting to get back on their feet and are now facing further uncertainty.
“If your business is eligible then please apply and we will process payments as quickly as possible. We would also encourage people in East Herts to spread the word and share the details of the scheme with those businesses they are aware of that might be eligible for support.”
For full details, visit the Covid-19 Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) page on the council's website.
Over the next few weeks the council will also be launching a new discretionary scheme called the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).