East Suffolk Council is now open for applications from small business owners to the Additional Restrictions Grant and the Local Restrictions Support Grant to support local businesses, with funding provided by the Government in a response to the latest nationwide restrictions.
The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) is for businesses forced to close during the latest lockdown.
The Additional Restrictions Grant is extra funding made available to local authorities to enable them to support small businesses outside the scope the LRSG business grants scheme. So if you work from home, are a market trader, mobile hair dresser or run a bed and breakfast – there is new funding available here for you too.
The criteria covering both the LRSG and the ARG are pretty wide and at times overlap, so to be honest any business owner will probably find they fall into one of the two categories.
Local Restrictions Support Grant
The latest business grant funding, to cover the national restriction measures put in place by Government, are a one-off payment for the 28-day period from 5 November to 2 December 2020. This grant funding is only available to businesses that have been told to close.
To qualify for this grant, your business premises must be in the East Suffolk area and have been:
- trading as usual prior to the date the restrictions came into force on 5 November 2020
- liable for paying business rates at 5 November 2020
- required to close due to Government lockdown restrictions
Businesses that have been mandated to close by Government include:
- non-essential retail
- personal care
- sports facilities, and
- hospitality businesses
The funding is only available for businesses that were required to close because of the formal publication of lockdown regulations under Public Health legislation, the funding is not available to businesses who have elected to close for other reasons.
The value of the grant varies depending on the business premises’ rateable value:
|Rateable value of property||Grant for 28 days|
|£15,000 or under||£1,334|
|£15,001 to £50,999||£2,000|
|£51,000 or over||£3,000|
Businesses that have set up a click and collect service and restaurants providing a takeaway service will still be able to claim grants if their substantive business has had to close.
Businesses required to remain closed since March 2020
Some businesses, such as nightclubs and adult entertainment venues, have been required by Government to remain closed since March 2020. In addition to receiving support under the LRSG, these businesses will also receive a small amount of funding for the period 1 to 4 November 2020.
This is because on 1 November 2020, the Government introduced a separate grant funding scheme for this sector.
Ratepayers for these businesses should apply for the LRSG but should select the option on the form that confirms they have been required to remain fully closed since March 2020.
Businesses that reopened in a different form (for example Nightclubs that re-opened as late-night bars) are not eligible for this additional funding.
Additional Restrictions Grant
The Government has also allocated some funding to Local Authorities to pay out under an Additional Restrictions Grant.
This grant is to help those businesses which – while not legally forced to close – are severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of Covid-19. The Government has stated that this scheme should be focused on the following business groups, however since this is a discretionary scheme it will not be wholly restricted to these groups and any SME business that can demonstrate that it has been severely affected will potentially be eligible.
- businesses which supply the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors
- businesses in the events sector
- businesses outside the business rates system, which are effectively forced to close – for example market traders
The Government has also advised that Local Authorities may want to take into account:
- the level of fixed costs faced by the business in question
- the number of employees
- whether they are unable to trade online
- the consequent scale of coronavirus losses
You can read the Full East Suffolk Additional Restrictions Grant guidance by clicking on the link
All businesses must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a grant:
- Businesses must have been trading on the day before first full day of national restrictions (4th November 2020 for the first period).
- Businesses must be able to demonstrate that they will experience a fall in income of greater than 30% of their usual expected income at this time of year due to Covid-19 restriction measures. The Council will ask the business to give a signed written statement of the impact on its financial position of the restrictions. The business should include a description of what goods or services it offers and therefore what the impact of Covid-19 has been.
Businesses eligible for the ARG scheme will be as defined in Groups A to E, but we urge all business owners to read the full grant guidance before applying for the grant:
The Council has identified 5 areas as priorities at this stage, aimed at businesses which were not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant, in line with the Government’s requirements. These are:
|Business type||Grant amount|
|A||Businesses in shared spaces (businesses that do not currently pay their own business rates but occupy a unit or room in a larger business space)||£500, £1,344, £2,000, or £3,000|
|C||Bed and breakfast businesses||£700|
|D||Businesses that have been severely impacted by Covid-19 restrictions occupying premises on the local rating list||£1,344, £2,000, or £3,000|
|E||Other businesses that have been severely impacted by Covid-19 restrictions||Home based businesses £500 Mobile businesses £350 Other businesses which fall into this category to be determined by panel|
The online form and full details about how to apply with full eligibility criteria can be found at https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/business/covid-19-business-grant-funding/