Local Restrictions Support & Restart Grants

Business Grants Update

The Council is starting to process the RESTART Grants. If you have received any Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) from the Council during lockdown and your property is in the rating list, or have applied for the LRSG and have not yet heard, please do not re-apply. We will contact you directly in the next few weeks.

Please note business that do not have a rates account cannot qualify for the RESTART grant.

Please note that the Government has confirmed that all previous LRSG support grant schemes are now closed.

Information on available grants for businesses.

COVID-19 Government Restart grants for Businesses

The government has announced further financial support in the form of a grant to help businesses reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Businesses will only be eligible to receive one of these two types of grants.

Further information will be available after April 8th relating to these grants with payments anticipated to start going out to businesses from April 12th.

Restart Grant

Support for businesses with a business rates account and the following applies to them:

  • In the affected sectors required to close by government restrictions
  • Provide direct in-person services at their business property
  • Fall within one of the following sectors: non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym industries.

The amounts paid are not at the discretion of the council but depend on the sector the business operates in and their rateable value for business rates.

Strand 1:

Supporting non-essential retail premises with one-off grants of up to £6,000. The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

a) Businesses occupying premises appearing on 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.

b) Businesses occupying premises appearing on 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.

c) Businesses occupying premises appearing on 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.

Or Strand 2:

Supporting hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises with one-off grants of up to £18,000. The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

a) Businesses occupying premises appearing on 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.

b) Businesses occupying premises appearing on 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.

c) Businesses occupying premises appearing on 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.

Restart Grant Scheme Policy

If you have been awarded a RESTART grant, please ensure you complete the additional information that is required to be sent to the Government. It only takes a few minutes and can be accessed here.

Support Grants ( for period Nov/Dec 2020 )

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant
    To be eligible for the grant, your business would need to have been open as usual and providing in-person services to customers but has been required to close due to local COVID-19 restrictions. You must have a business rates account number to apply for this scheme. Please ensure you read the grant policy before applying.
    Local Restrictions Support Grants Policy

  • Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Scheme
    All other businesses severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of Covid-19 can apply for a discretionary grant of:
    • £1,250 for the national lockdown 5/11/2020 – 1/12/2020
    • £1,562 for the national lockdown 5/1/2021 – 15/2/2021
    • £1,500 for the national lockdown 16/2/2021 – 31/03/2021.
    If you have already received the grant for 5/11/2020 – 1/12/2020 please do not reapply your application will be reviewed. Please ensure you read the grant policy before applying.
    Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Scheme policy

TIER 3 Grants ( for period after 2nd Dec 2020 )

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) Scheme
    Businesses that were established and trading on the day prior to the introduction of Tier-3 restrictions within the district are eligible. All businesses can apply, however hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure businesses will be considered as priority. Please ensure you read the grant policy before applying.
    Local Restrictions Support Grants (Open) Scheme Policy
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Scheme
    Businesses which are forced to close in Tier-3 restrictions for more than 2 weeks are eligible for the grant funding. Please ensure you read the grant policy before applying.
    Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed) Scheme Policy

Tier 4 Restrictions

Government has imposed Coronavirus Tier 4 restrictions across Stratford on Avon District Council area from 31/12/2020.

Covid Business Grants will be payable while these restrictions are in force.

If you have already claimed a grant for the national lockdown period in November or for Tier 3 restrictions you will NOT need to complete a new application for Tier 4.

If you did not claim for either of the 2 previous schemes you will still be able to apply under Tier 4 after 4th Jan 2021.

Stratford Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed) Policy

National lockdown grants for businesses - UPDATE

The Government announced further financial business support to be administered by Stratford on Avon District Council to provide top up grants for businesses that have been impacted when national lockdown restrictions were introduced from January 6th 2021.

The first payments for this scheme will be made w/c 1st Feb 2021.

If you have applied for any recent business grant from Stratford on Avon District Council since November 2020 then you will NOT need to complete another application form.

This Top up payment will be credited to the Bank Account you have already provided.

If you have NOT previously applied for any form of grant funding since November 2020, please complete the application form by following the 'Apply' link on this page.

To qualify for one of these Top up grants, businesses must have occupied a property listed as liable for national non-domestic rates and have been instructed to close in line with the current restrictions from January 6th, even if able to open for delivery or takeaway services.

The Government guidance for these top-up grant payments is as follows:

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the national restrictions will receive a grant of £4,000
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the national restrictions will receive a grant of £6,000
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the national restrictions, will receive a grant of £9,000
  • any business which is legally required to close, and which cannot operate effectively remotely, is eligible for a grant

For any further information on these grants please read the Policy

Wet Led Pub Grants

The Prime Minister has announced a £1000 one off grant for pubs serving mainly alcohol and not food. This scheme closed on the 28th Februrary 2021.

Payments

Payments are triggered by the national decision to close businesses across the District and throughout England. Eligible businesses must have been closed for the entirety of the lockdown period.

Stratford Closed Business Lockdown Payment Policy

Payment Thresholds

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant

    • Businesses occupying a premises with a rateable value less than or equal to £15,000 may claim £1,334 per month or £667 per 2 week period of closure
    • Businesses occupying a premises with a rateable value between £15,000 up to a value of £50,999 may claim £2,000 per month or £1,000 per 2 week period of closure
    • Businesses occupying a premises with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above may claim £3,000 per month or £1,500 per 2 week period of closure
  • Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Scheme

    A one off payment of £1250
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) Scheme

    Note: The rateable values are to be considered on the date of commencement of local restrictions

    If the business is shown in the local non-domestic rating list:
    • Businesses occupying a premises with a rateable value less than or equal to £15,000 may claim £467 per 14 day period
    • Businesses occupying a premises with a rateable value between £15,000 up to a value of £50,999 may claim £700 per 14 day period
    • Businesses occupying a premises with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above may claim £1,050 per 14 day period

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Scheme

    Note: The rateable values are to be considered on the date of commencement of local restrictions

    If the business is shown in the local non-domestic rating list:
    • Businesses occupying a premises with a rateable value less than or equal to £15,000 may claim £667 per 14 day qualifying restrictions period
    • Businesses occupying a premises with a rateable value between £15,000 up to a value of £50,999 may claim £1,000 per 14 day qualifying restrictions period
    • Businesses occupying a premises with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above may claim £1,500 per 14 day qualifying restrictions period

    If the business is NOT shown in the local non-domestic rating list:

    A flat rate payment of £667 will be made for each 14-day period.

As with other COVID-19 business grants, local grants to closed businesses will be treated as taxable income.

These restrictions came into effect on Thursday 5th November.

Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed) Policy

Closing Dates for business support schemes

Name Closing date
CLOSED OPEN & SECTOR (not 5th Jan Closed Addendum) 31 March 2021 – final payments by 30 April 2021
CBLP 31 March 2021 - final payments by 30 April 2021
Closed 5th January Addendum first payment cycle 05/01/21 - 15/02/21 31 March 2021 – final payments by 30 April 2021
Closed 5th January Addendum second payment cycle 16/02/21 - 31/03/21 31 May 2020 – final payment by 30 June
ARG 08 April 2021
Christmas Support Payment Last payment by 31 March 2021 (closed 28 February 2021)

Apply

Does the business have a non domestic rates account reference?

If Yes, apply online

If no, we are sorry the discretionary grant scheme is closed now

Contact: the Revenues & Benefits team

Last updated on 12/04/2021