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Restart Grant Scheme – running from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021

These grants have been made available by the Government to help businesses reopen safely as lockdown restrictions are eased.

The Restart Grant will support non-essential retail premises with one-off grants of up to £6,000 in Strand One of the Restart Grant.

The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on council records and the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on council records and the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on council records and the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.

The Restart Grant will also support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises with one-off grants of up to £18,000 in Strand Two of the Restart Grant.

The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on council records and the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on council records and the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on council records and the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000.

The Government have provided Council’s with a list of the types of businesses that are eligible under the sector thresholds for this scheme. The list is not exhaustive but will be indicative of the types of businesses that can be supported under this scheme

To make a claim please complete the form below:

Restart Grant Scheme form

Subsidy Allowance formerly State Aid

This scheme is covered by 3 subsidy allowances:

  • Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance – you’re allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of 3 years
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance – you’re allowed up to £1,600,000
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance - if you have reached your limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £9,000,000, provided certain conditions are met

Grants under these 3 allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £10,935,000 (subject to exchange rates).

For further information see the Subsidy control state aid document [pdf document]

Tax implications

Grant income received by a business is taxable and will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.