Business Rates support during Covid-19

Grant support for businesses during Covid-19


Restart Grants

On 3 March 2021, Government announced the introduction of grant support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England.
This support will take the form of a one-off grant funding scheme in Financial Year 2021-2022.
 
The Restart Grant will support, by way of one off grants:
 
Non-essential retail premises
 
Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of:
 
  • of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.
  • over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.
  • of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.
 
Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises
 
Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of:
 
  • of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000.
  • over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000.
  • of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000.
 
This scheme is only for ratepayers of non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises and the business must still be trading on 1st April 2021. Your business will still be considered trading if it has been required to close due to government restrictions.
 
Please see the “Restart Grant Scheme - Scope List” in related content for the types of non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises that qualify for this scheme. 
 
Businesses defined as “essential” retail premises and those outside of non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises, along with businesses not in the rating system, in administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made, are not eligible for this scheme.
 
Please see the “Restart Grant Excluded List” in related content for the types of essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises that do not qualify for this scheme. 
 
To apply please use our Restart Grant Form 

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

This is for businesses forced to close during the period of restrictions.

The majority of this scheme was closed by Central Government on 31st March 2021

The only part of the scheme that remains open is funding for the period 16 February to 31 March:

For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £2,096;
For properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k grants to be £3,143; and
For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over grants to be £4,714.

This part of the scheme will close on 31st May 2021.

Those businesses that have already registered for Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) need take no further action. We will be making payments automatically.

Further information and our policy can be found in related content.

This grant is for ratepayers only

To apply please use our Local Support Grant Form

 

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Second Round

The Council has now launched a second round of ARG funding following a successful first round in December 2020. The eligibility criteria have been broadened to allow a wider range of businesses to receive funding, including certain home businesses and self-employed individuals. The intention of the ARG Second Round is to primarily support businesses that are not eligible for other grants but who are likely to have been seriously affected by national restrictions. Businesses are encouraged to check their eligibility against our policy (available in Related Content).

The ARG Second Round will be kept open until such time as funding is exhausted or new grants are introduced that require the withdrawal of the ARG. In any event, the Council expects the ARG Second Round to close no later than 5pm on 31 March 2021, however businesses are encouraged to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Subject to eligibility, businesses which are not shown in the Non Domestic Rating List can apply for this grant.

Further information and our policy can be found in Related Content.

The Additional Restrictions Grant Round 2 has now closed.  If you applied before the 5pm on 31st March 2021 deadline, you will hear from us shortly. Please also note that appeals from applicants who applied before the deadline are still being considered and we will be in touch with you once your case has been assessed. Thank you for your patience’

 

Essex Business Adaptations Fund (EBAF)

The EBAF is now closed for new applications. Applications received before the deadline are in the process of being assessed. Any further funding rounds will be announced on this page in due course should sufficient funds remain

 

Grant schemes which are now closed:

Small Business Grant and Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant

This scheme closed on Friday 28th August and is no longer open to applications.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) – Up to 15th February 2021

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) – Up to 15th February 2021

Closed Business Lockdown Payment

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

 

Additional Restrictions Grant

The Council has been allocated £1,747,360 (based on £20 per head of population). The Council’s ARG scheme will primarily be supporting businesses that are not eligible for other grants but who are likely to have been seriously affected by national restrictions, in addition to business sectors that have been less able to adapt their service models during periods of national restrictions.

To be eligible for the ARG, you must meet the eligibility criteria set out in the Council’s policy.

The ARG is now closed for new applications. The Council is considering how to best use remaining ARG funding and details of any further grants will be published here as soon as available.

When the scheme is open, businesses which are not shown in the Non Domestic Rating List can apply for this grant.

 

Rochford Discretionary Business Grants Scheme

Rochford District Council awarded £902,500 to 149 businesses in total across all rounds of the Discretionary Business Grants Scheme.

This scheme closed on 10th July 2020 and all funds have been awarded.

 

Business Rates Reliefs

For information on Business Rates Reliefs please visit the “About Reliefs” link in the Related Content section of this page.