Restart Grants and Ongoing Additional Restrictions Grants

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As restrictions begin to ease from 12 April, new grants are available for businesses which are reopening, or businesses which are severely impacted by the restrictions.

Updates are being issued regularly, so please do check back.

This page was last updated on 7 April 2021

There are two grants available:

  • New Restart Grants - support businesses which have premises that are liable for business rates in reopening safely as restrictions are lifted
  • Ongoing Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) - for businesses which are still severely impacted by restrictions, or which may or may not have premises that are liable for business rates

Please note, you will be eligible for the Restart Grant OR the ARG, but not both.


Restart Grants

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in reopening safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Grants are available from 1 April 2021.

Eligible businesses in the non-essential retail sector may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £6,000 from their local council.

Eligible businesses in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £18,000 from their local council.


Is my business eligible?

Your business may be eligible if it is:

  • based in England
  • rate-paying
  • in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care or gym sectors
  • trading on 1 April 2021

Are any businesses excluded?

You cannot get funding if your business:

  • is in administration, insolvent or has been struck off the Companies House register
  • has exceeded the permitted subsidy allowance

What are the subsidy allowances?

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 further funding. Under these scheme rules, funding of up to £9,000,000 is available 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).


How much will I receive?

Eligible businesses will be paid:

  • a one-off grant of up to £6,000 in the non-essential retail sector
  • a one-off grant of up to £18,000 in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors

For non-essential retail businesses, the following thresholds apply:

  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.
  • Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.
  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.

For hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gyms, the following thresholds apply:

  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000.
  • Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000.

What do I need to apply?

The Government is asking for additional information to be submitted as part of the restart grants, so you will need to complete a simple application form. If your details have not changed, please confirm this on page 2 of the form, which will mean that there is less to complete.

You should have access to most of the information. The Government have asked for your high level SIC code to be submitted. This is a standard UK classification for business type that you may have never seen before. The ONS website has a hierarchy you can drill down through to find the description for your business.

As part of your application, you will need to submit the following:

  • Your reference number from your previous application in the format RP/01234
    • If you do not have your reference number or have not applied for any COVID-19 business support funding for us since the beginning of November 2020 and are business rated, you may still be eligible for a restart grant. Please use this form to contact us.
  • A recent (March 2021 onwards) bank statement that clearly shows your address, sort code, account number and business transactions. A photograph or screenshot is acceptable, as long as the details are clearly visible.
  • Number of employees
  • Date business started
  • Nature of business
  • High level SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) code that describes your business. If you're not sure, please use this link to look it up.

Please make sure you have this information to hand, then click the button below to apply:

Apply for a Restart Grant


Additional Restrictions Grants

The ARG is an ongoing grant intended to support businesses that are severely impacted by the restrictions, and that may or may not be in the business rates system.

The Government have asked for additional data to be submitted, so all ongoing ARG applicants will need to fill in a simple form.

Please note, you will be eligible for the ARG or the restart grant, but not both.

Is my business eligible?

All eligible businesses should have applied for the ARG already, so you just need to complete the form below.

How much will I receive?

The amount you receive will depend on your rateable value (if you have one) and will range from £934 and £2,000 for April.

What do I need to apply?

You will need to answer a few simple questions, and provide the following information:

  • Your reference number from your previous application in the format RP/01234
  • Number of employees
  • Date business started
  • Nature of business
  • High level SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) code that describes your business. If you're not sure, please use this link to look it up.

Apply for the ARG



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