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Restart Grants (1 April 2021 onwards)

In the March budget, the Government announced the provision of further funding to support businesses through a one-off Restart Grant.

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.

There are two strands to this grant scheme:

Strand 1 (non-essential retail)

One-off grants will be paid to non-essential retail business premises, to help them open safely.

Strand 2 (other sectors)

One-off grants will be paid to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises, which may open later under plans set out in the Government's roadmap and will be more impacted by restrictions when they do reopen.

StrandRateable valueGrant
Strand 1 (non-essential retail)£15k or less£2,667
£15,001 to £50,099£4,000
£51k and above£6,000
Strand 2 (other sectors)£15k or less£8,000
£15,001 to £50,099£12,000
£51k and above£18,000

Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are also not eligible for funding under this scheme.


Please refer to our Icon for pdf further guidance and eligibility criteria document [159.39KB]. The guidance sets out examples of the types of business that are eligible for the grants but also those types of business which are not eligible. Please consider the guidance before applying.

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

The information will be used by the Government monitoring and evaluation purposes, as well as for prevention and detection of fraud and/or other criminal activities, as well as for suspension and/or recovery of the grant where necessary. 

The Government may share information for the purpose of counter fraud activity and debt recovery with other government departments, agencies and/or local authorities.


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