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Grant payments for businesses affected by local and national restrictions

The government has asked councils to administer grant schemes to businesses that have been affected by local and national restrictions. 

Businesses closed from 16 December 2020

Many local businesses will have been forced to close by law under Tier 3, Tier 4 and national lockdown restrictions announced by the government. These restrictions came into force on:

  • 16 December 2020 - Tier 3
  • 20 December 2020 - Tier 4
  • 5 January 2021 - national lockdown

The government has asked councils to administer two grant schemes to businesses that are liable for business rates that have been forced to close since 16 December 2020.  To help us calculate grant payments, we have separated the local and national restrictions into three periods:  

Name Restrictions When restrictions were in place and which grants apply

Period A 

Tier 3 restrictions 

16 December 2020 to 19 December 2020 (4 days)  

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum applies 

Period B 

Tier 4 restrictions 

20 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 (16 days)     

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum applies 

Period C 

National lockdown 

5 January 2021 to 16 February 2021 (6 weeks)    

National Lockdown - Closed Business Lockdown Scheme (Single one-off payment) applies

and

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum applies.


Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

Grants can only be paid to businesses that pay business rates to the Royal Borough of Greenwich and have had to close by law because of Tier 3, Tier 4 and national lockdown restrictions. This includes non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

The grant amounts are calculated by the government and are based on the rateable value of the business address. The grant amounts for each period of entitlement are based on businesses being closed for a qualifying period of 14 days. 

Rateable Value Grant amount

Rateable Value 

Grant amount  

Rateable value of below £15,001  

£667 

Rateable value of between £15,001 to £50,999  

£1,000 

Rateable value of over £50,999  

£1,500 

The council's Business Rates Team has the data it needs to administer this scheme and has contacted eligible businesses with details of how to access the grant. 

If your business has not been contacted by the Business Rates Team by 29 January 2021, let us know by email at: business-rates@royalgreenwich.gov.uk 

How payments are calculated

As the requirements for each lockdown are different, we will calculate the amount of grant to be awarded on a pro-rata basis across the three possible periods of entitlement. Businesses will be asked to confirm the dates when they’ve had to close as part of their grant application. 

These tables show the grant payments calculated pro-rata: 

Period A: Tier 3 Restrictions from 16 December 2020 to 19 December 2020 (4 days) 

Rateable Value Grant amount

Rateable value of below £15,001  

£190.57 

Rateable value of between £15,001 to £50,999  

£285.71 

Rateable value of over £50,999  

£428.57 

Period B: Tier 4 Restrictions from 20 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 (16 days)    

Rateable Value Grant amount

Rateable value of below £15,001  

£762.29 

Rateable value of between £15,001 to £50,999  

£1,142.86 

Rateable value of over £50,999  

£1,714.29 

Period C: National Restrictions from 5 January 2021 to 16 February 2021 (6 weeks)   

Rateable Value Grant amount

Rateable value of below £15,001  

£2,001 

Rateable value of between £15,001 to £50,999  

£3,000 

Rateable value of over £50,999  

£4,500 

We will award a payment for the full 6 weeks when we receive a complete application for Period C. However, if your business circumstances change, and your eligibility for the grant is affected, you will have to repay some or all of the grant.  

Check if your business is eligible 

National Lockdown - Closed Business Lockdown Scheme 

This grant is a one-off single payment and businesses can get it in addition to the payments made under the Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme (Closed) Addendum Scheme. 

Similar to the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum Scheme, grants can only be paid to businesses that pay business rates to the Royal Borough of Greenwich and have had to close because of the national lockdown restrictions that began on 5 January 2021. 

The grant amounts are calculated by the government and are based on the rateable value of the business address.

Rateable Value Grant amount

Rateable value of below £15,001  

£4,000 

Rateable value of between £15,001 to £50,999  

£6,000 

Rateable value of over £50,999  

£9,000 

The council's Business Rates Team has the data it needs to administer this scheme and has contacted the eligible businesses with details of how to access the grant. 

If your business has not been contacted by the Business Rates Team by 29 January 2021, let us know by email at: business-rates@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Check if your business is eligible

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) for businesses closed from 5 November to 2 December 2020 

This is a mandatory scheme. Grants can be paid to businesses that pay business rates and have had to close because of government restrictions during the national lockdown from 5 November to 2 December 2020. This includes non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses. 

The grant amounts are dependent on rateable value:

Rateable Value Grant amount

Rateable value of below £15,001 

£1,334 

Rateable value of between £15,001 to £50,999 

£2,000 

Rateable value of over £50,999 

£3,000 

The council’s Business Rates Team has invited eligible businesses to apply. If you have not been invited, but you believe that your business is entitled to the grant, you should email: business-rates@royalgreenwich.gov.uk.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (sector) 

This is a non-discretionary grant for nightclubs and adult entertainment venues that have had to close since 23 March 2020.

The government has asked local authorities to pay grants for the 4-day period from 1 November to 4 November and subsequently after the national lockdown. During the national lockdown these businesses will be entitled to the Local Restriction Support Grant (for businesses that have had to close). 

The grant amounts are dependent on rateable value range for “14 day” periods: 

Rateable Value Grant amount

Rateable value of below £15,001 

£667 

Rateable value of between £15,001 to £50,999 

£1,000 

Rateable value of over £50,999 

£1,500 

The council has the data it needs to administer the scheme and will be contacting eligible businesses. There is no need to contact the council. 

Additional grant schemes

As well as the two non-discretionary grants schemes, the government has allocated two pots of funding to be distributed to businesses.

Additional Restrictions Support Grant  

This scheme supports businesses that:  

  • have had to close but are not on the business rates list, for example, market traders and home-based businesses  
  • are on the business rates list that have not been forced to close but have been affected by the restrictions resulting from the national lockdown  

Before you apply

Before you start your application you will need to have the following information:

  • personal ID: Passport or Driving Licence
  • Business Rates Account Number (if applicable)
  • VAT registration number (if applicable)
  • company registration number (if applicable)
  • Unique Tax Payer Reference (UTR) (If applicable)
  • charity registration number (if applicable)
  • Self-assessment Number (if applicable)
  • Partnership Number (if applicable)
  • National Insurance Number
  • business bank sort code
  • business bank account number
  • business bank account name
  • copies of business account bank statements (August to September 2020)
  • verification of business premises, for example, rent receipt or invoice, bank statement which identifies rental payment(s), copy of premises lease, licence agreement.

Apply for the Additional Restrictions Support Grant

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for open businesses) 

This grant is for businesses currently registered for business rates in the hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure industry only who were impacted by the Tier 2 restrictions from 17 October to 4 November.

Before you apply, you should first submit an application for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (for business that have had to close). The information provided on that application will be used to process your application for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (for open businesses).

Apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (for open businesses) 

Other financial support

Find coronavirus financial support for your business with the GOV.UK business support finder