November 2020 National Lockdown Grant

We are currently administering three separate grants to support businesses through the National Lockdown period from 5 November to 1 December:

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant: for businesses that were required to close by government during the four-week national lockdown and are business ratepayers.
  • National Restrictions Discretionary Support Grant – Forced to Close: for businesses with a business premise that closed for the majority of the lockdown period but are not eligible for the grant above, for instance because they are not ratepayers or they were not required to close by law but closed for other reasons.
  • National Restrictions Discretionary Support Grant – Severely Affected: for businesses that did not close during the lockdown but were severely affected by it, or for businesses based at home that were forced to close.

The closing date to apply for these schemes is 31 March 2021.

More detail on each of these grants is provided below:

Local Restrictions Support Grant (national lockdown scheme)

Applications for the Local Restrictions Support Grant remain open. This grant is aimed at supporting businesses that have been forced to close due to the four-week national lockdown which began on Thursday 5 November.

Non-essential businesses including retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses that are ratepayers may be eligible.

A single grant will be paid to each eligible business to cover the four-week national lockdown period. Grant amounts are fixed and rates are:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k and under: payment of £1,334
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k: payment of £2,000
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k and over: payment of £3,000

All applications must be made online. Please register here and choose the Grants for Businesses option and select the “National Restrictions Grant” scheme that relates to the rateable value of your property.

If you receive an error message whilst completing your application, which you believe to be incorrect, or you have any difficulty completing the form please email Covid-19grants@hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk  including the error code and Local Authority name in the subject heading. This mailbox is constantly monitored. Please note that Customer Services are not able to assist and can only direct you to the email address above for all queries in relation to these grants.

Please note we are using a different application system than the one used earlier in the year in order to improve processes and reduce fraud.

As you will be required to upload evidence we will not be able to consider other forms of applications.

Prior to starting your application please have your business rates property reference number available and the following electronic documents to hand:

Property reference numbers (also known as Local authority references) can be searched for on the valuation office site here: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/business-rates-find/search

For an incorporated company (all evidence must be in the company name):

Financial Evidence

(both required)

Business Trading Evidence (1 required

from the following list)

Business Utility Bills (2 required

from the following list)

Extract of company accounts only if the company has been trading for less than 12 months or accounts not submitted within the last  12 months  to Companies House

Delivery Note

Electric bill

Business Bank Statement

Expenses/Sales Receipt

Gas bill

Purchase Order

Landline phone

Water bill

For a non- incorporated company:

Financial Evidence

Business Trading Evidence (choose one of the following that is in the business name)

Identity (1 required)

Business Utility Bills

(Chose two from the following list that are in the business name )

Business Bank Statement

Delivery Note

Drivers License

Electricity bill

Extract of trading accounts (Profit & Loss)

Expenses/Sales Receipt

Passport

Gas bill

Purchase order

Landline phone

Water bill

National Restrictions Discretionary Support Grant

We have received £2.07m for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) (see below) and will use £0.5m of this funding on a discretionary basis to support businesses who may have had to close but do not have a rateable value, or to businesses that are severely impacted rather than closed. 

This may include: 

  • Businesses who have been instructed to close by central Government and do not pay business rates; 
  • Businesses who have not been instructed to close, but who have had to close due to knock-on impacts of the national restrictions. It doesn’t matter if the business does or doesn’t pay business rates in this scenario; or 
  • Businesses who have been severely impacted. 

Businesses that are eligible for the local restrictions support grant above will not be eligible for a national restrictions discretionary support grant.

In order to ensure businesses are supported as much as possible, the National Restrictions Discretionary Support Grant (NRDSG) funding will be split into two schemes to support different types of businesses:

1. Grants for businesses that have been forced to closed. This scheme will complement the LRSG by supporting businesses that have been forced to close for the majority of the lockdown period but are not eligible for the scheme. This includes non-ratepaying businesses that have been required to close by law and businesses that were not required to closed, but have done so for whatever reason (e.g. due to supply chain issues or lack of business).

 Businesses will be paid grants equivalent to the mandated Local Restrictions Support Grant, as detailed below:

Rateable   value, annual rent or annual mortgage costs

Grant  amount (for a 4 week lockdown period)

£15,000 or under

£1,334

£15,001 – £50,999

£2,000

£51,000 or over

£3,000

To be eligible for this grant the business must have a business premises with either a rateable value, or which is pays rent or a mortgage on. This includes shared premises and B&Bs, but excludes businesses that are based from home or a vehicle. Those excluded by this should apply for option 2.

Applications can be made online by registering here. Please choose the  Grants for Businesses and select the application form under the heading “Discretionary Grants – Forced to Close”. 

2. Grants for businesses severely affected, but not closed. This scheme is for businesses that did not close for the majority of the lockdown period, but have been severely affected by it and businesses that are based at home. Businesses will be entitled to receive the £1,334 or the amount requested by the business if it is lower.

Applications can be made online by registering here. Please choose the option Grants for Businesses and select the  application form under the heading “Discretionary Grants – Severely Affected”.

Full information on our National Restrictions Discretionary Support Policy (PDF Document, 0.24 Mb) can be found here. 

If you have any questions about our discretionary grant schemes you can contact us on discretionarygrantfund@nwleicestershire.gov.uk

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Last updated: Fri 26 March, 2021 @ 13:21