Local Restrictions Support Grant and Additional Support

Applications for these grants are now open - Please read our eligibility criteria before applying.

On 1 November 2020, the Government announced a second period of national lockdown to control the spread of the coronavirus, to come into force from the 5th November 2020 and running for four weeks until 2 December 2020. Business grants worth up to £3,000 per month have are available to support businesses required to close or that are severely financially impacted in England during this period.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG)

Businesses that have been mandated to close by Government and include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses will be eligible for this grant. This includes business that are closed but are offering an online or click to order/delivery service.

Current eligibility criteria are:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants of £1,334 per month, or £667 per two weeks
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15k to £51k, grants of £2,000 per month, or £1,000 per two weeks
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over, grants of £3,000 per month, or £1,500 per two weeks.

Additional Restrictions Support Grant (ARG)

The Additional Restrictions Support Grant has been made available by Government for each Local Authority to use its discretion to decide how best to support local businesses affected by local / national restrictions. South Cambridgeshire District Council will make this funding available to the following business types:

  • Non-rate paying businesses required to close by law because of the national lockdown measures (for example, those operating in shared spaces or spaces where they pay rent but are not the ratepayer).
  • Non-rate paying business which have not been mandated to close themselves but have been severely impacted by the restrictions, for example businesses that form part of the supply chain to others that have been forced to close. These businesses will need to demonstrate a severe, direct impact of the restrictions in terms of significantly reduced sales, revenue and/or income because of the lockdown.
  • Rate-paying businesses which have not been mandated to close themselves, but have been severely impacted by the restrictions, for example, businesses that form part of the supply chain to others that have been forced to close. These businesses will need to demonstrate a severe, direct impact of the restrictions in terms of significantly reduced sales, revenue and/or income because of the lockdown.

Businesses falling within the above categories and which are within South Cambridgeshire District Council’s boundaries, will receive a single grant of up to £3,000 to cover the 4-week national lockdown period. The grant amount will be fixed based on the rental costs of the business and will align with those available through the Local Restrictions Support Grant. Businesses with more than one qualifying property will receive a grant for each eligible property.

Local Restrictions Discretionary Hardship Scheme for Businesses (LRDHS)

Our Local Restrictions Discretionary Hardship Scheme (LRDHS) is here to support businesses that face extreme hardship as a result of pandemic restrictions on business operations, but who may not be eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant or Additional Restrictions Grant and/or have received limited state aid/financial assistance to date.

Businesses seeking further support will be asked to provide a written statement explaining how their business has been severely adversely affected by the restrictions and why support should be given. A short, written statement of no more than 500 words should include details of year on year income, sales and/or revenue losses where applicable, why they have been ineligible for other government-related schemes (if applicable) and details of how any monies received from this fund will be used. Relevant evidence should be provided in support of any application.

Read our Eligibility criteria and apply for a grant

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