Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Tier 3 – From 02/12/2020

On the 26th November 2020, the Prime Minister announced a series of Local Lockdown Tier Restrictions in England[external link] which are due to commence on 2nd December 2020.

Following these announcements, it has been determined that Darlington will be placed into Tier 3.

Under the Tier 3 restrictions, a significant number of businesses are mandated to close to manage the spread of coronavirus. These businesses include:

  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, cinemas, museums and galleries, bingo halls, snooker halls, and soft play.
     

To support those businesses that are legally required to close, certain grants are being made available.

  • Businesses who are liable for business rates and are occupying properties appearing on council records and the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the 2nd December 2020, will receive a payment of £667 for each 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses who are liable for business rates and are occupying properties appearing on council records and the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the 2nd December 2020, will receive a payment of £1,000 for each 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses who are liable for business rates and are occupying properties appearing on council records and the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the 2nd December 2020, will receive £1,500 for each 14-day qualifying restriction period.

The funding will be provided on a rolling 14-day basis for as long as the Tier 3 restrictions apply – after you have submitted your first application for this grant you will not need to re-apply for any subsequent 14 day period.

This grant is subject to State Aid limits and the maximum level of aid that a company may receive is €800,000. This is across all UK schemes under the terms of the European Commission’s COVID-19 Temporary Framework.

To make a claim for support please use the Government Grant Support to Business Tier 3 form - you will need your Business Rates payment reference which can be found on the top left hand corner of your most recent bill.

If your business occupies a property that is not registered for business rates, or has not been legally mandated to close, please do not try to apply for the above grant.

This will take resource away from where it is most needed and will delay any grant payments from being made.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Scheme - running from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020

On the 31st October 2020, the Prime Minister announced a National Lockdown in England which commences on 5th November 2020.

Under the lockdown restrictions a significant number of businesses are mandated to close to manage the spread of coronavirus. These businesses include:

  • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services
  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm; and not including alcohol), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, cinemas, museums and galleries, amusement arcades, bingo halls, soft play centres and areas, water parks.
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other peoples’ homes
  • Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services - for example for people who do not have it at home - and for click-and-collect

To support those businesses that are legally required to close, certain grants are being made available.

Primarily:

  • Businesses who are liable for business rates and are occupying properties appearing on council records and the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the 5th November 2020, will receive a payment of £1,334 for the 28-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses who are liable for business rates and are occupying properties appearing on council records and the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the 5th November 2020, will receive a payment of £2,000 for the 28-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses who are liable for business rates and are occupying properties appearing on council records and the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the 5th November 2020, will receive £3,000 for the 28-day qualifying restriction period.

This grant is subject to State Aid limits. The maximum level of aid that a company may receive is €800,000. This is across all UK schemes under the terms of the European Commission’s COVID-19 Temporary Framework.

To make a claim for support please use the Government Grant Support to Business formyou will need your Business Rates payment reference which can be found on the top left hand corner of your most recent bill.

If your business occupies a property that is not registered for business rates, please do not try to apply for the above grants. This will take resource away from where it is most needed and will delay any grant payments from being made.

Additional Restrictions Grants (discretionary)

This scheme is now open for applications. Please visit our dedicated Additional Restrictions Grants page for full eligibility criteria and application form.

Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme (open)

In addition to the above schemes, the Government has also announced the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) scheme – supporting those businesses in the hospitality and leisure sector who were substantially impacted by the imposition of the Tier 2 restrictions. This scheme covers the period from 14 October to 4 November 2020. The full eligibility criteria and application form can be found on our Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme page.

Business Support Organisations

If you are concerned that your business will not be able to cover payment of taxes as a consequence of COVID-19, you can access advice and guidance via the Tax Helpline[external link] or on 0800 0159 559 

Darlington’s Business Investment Team can offer help with advice and guidance on how to access the business rates measures and grants. Please contact: [email protected]

Tees Valley Combined Authority has a simple and clear webpage that provides businesses with clarity in finding and applying for support.