Business rate grants and reliefs
Covid-19 Support grants for businesses
Restart Grants (1 April onwards)
In the March budget, the Government announced the provision of further funding to support businesses through a one-off Restart Grant. Funding has been received but grants cannot be issued until the Government has completed pre-assurance checks. Upon receipt, the payment of grants will be our priority and we expect these to be issued by 23rd April.
The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses that are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public at those business premises. Additionally, in the scheme criteria published by Government, businesses must have their own business rate account and should have been trading on 1 April 2021.
Funding from Government will ensure all eligible businesses with a business rate account are able to be supported at the grant levels published. Businesses not within the rating system are not eligible for a grant.
Further details regarding eligibility are shown on the application below, however if you have already received grants since September 2020 you do not need to reapply at this time.
COVID-19 Business Support Grant
To support business during the current lockdown the Council has allocated Additional Restrictions Grant to establish the Businesses Support Grant to assist businesses with fixed property overheads, that have been severely impacted but have not been eligible to access grant funding since the introduction of local restrictions on 18 September 2020.
Businesses that have not been able to apply for a COVID-19 related grant since the introduction of local restrictions in the North East on 18 September 2020 may now apply to this scheme if they meet all the other eligibility criteria set out in the guidance.
Local restrictions support grants
The Government has announced further funding to support businesses forced to close and hospitality, accommodation and leisure businesses impacted by local restrictions on socialising. We have allocated additional restrictions grant funding to also support businesses directly supplying the sectors that have also been severely impacted.
If you are forced to close by national restrictions, or your business was severely impacted by the local restrictions on socialising introduced on the 18 September 2020, you may be eligible to apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant.
If you don't pay business rates, for example if you trade from a shared space, you can still apply for a grant if you meet the eligibility criteria.
Unlike the previous national lockdown grant scheme, businesses that occupy properties with a rateable value of more than £51,000 may apply.
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