Local restrictions support grants

Local restrictions support grants

The Government has given councils funding and guidance to pay out business grants for the period to 31 March 2021. Check if your business is eligible for a coronavirus grant due to national lockdowns.

On 3 March 2021 the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced the 2021 Budget, including measures to support businesses and individuals through the Coronavirus restrictions. We are still waiting for details from Government and will be updating our website and social media to include these when we have further information.

If your business has been forced to close, or is open but has been financially impacted due to these restrictions, check what financial support you may be eligible for. A full list of businesses required by law to close is available online.

We have paid out many grants relating to the second national lockdown (5 November to 1 December 2020), Tier 2 restrictions (2 to 25 December 2020), Tier 4 restrictions (26 December to 4 January 2021) and the third national lockdown (from 5 January 2021). 

Due to specific funding allocation from central government for each discreet lockdown period and individual grant scheme, on 1 February 2021 we closed applications for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) and Additional Restrictions Support Grant schemes. Businesses who have not yet applied for these funds but may have been eligible can apply for our Local Restrictions Discretionary Hardship Scheme, as detailed in South Cambridgeshire District Council’s original National Lockdown Business Support Policy. 


South Cambridgeshire District Council reserves the right to close applications for any government grant schemes at such a time as the pot of money allocated to us from Central Government has been exhausted. 

Restart grants

The Restart Grant scheme supports rate-paying businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Eligible businesses in the non-essential retail sector may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £6,000.

Eligible businesses in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £18,000.

More information about the grants including payment amounts can be found on our Restart Grants page.

We are making preparations to ensure payments can be made as quickly as possible. Further information on the new application form will be posted on this webpage when final details and funding are received from central government.

Please do not contact us regarding Restart Grants as we are currently focusing on dealing with the applications for current and previous schemes.

All available grants

See our table below for a brief summary of current grant schemes.

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Grant scheme name

Closure Information

Business types eligible

Grant amount

Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards for the 44-day  period beginning 16 February 2021

This grant is for rate paying businesses required by law to close from 5 January 2021 in national lockdown.

Payments will be made automatically to businesses that have received the previous Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards

If you meet the eligibility criteria and have not received Local Restrictions Support Grant since November 2020, applications must be made by 31 May 2021.

Hospitality - pubs, restaurants and non-essential retail, sports, entertainment and recreational venues, personal care facilities, accommodation


Payment for the 44-day period from 16 February 2021.

RV less than 15k = £2,096

RV between 15 & 51k = £3,143

RV more than 51k = £4,714

Local Restrictions Discretionary Hardship Scheme for business

(Funded from the Government’s Additional Restrictions Support Grant)

This is a discretionary support grant scheme covering period from 5 November 2020

This scheme is open to South Cambridgeshire based businesses that have been severely impacted due to Coronavirus restrictions. These could be non-rate paying businesses and/or businesses not required to close by law but nonetheless severely impacted due to November onwards restrictions. Applicants must demonstrate severe financial impact on the application form

This is discretionary based on individual application merit

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Local Restrictions Support Grant for 16 February - 31 March

Local Restrictions Discretionary Hardship Scheme for business


Details of each open scheme, including exclusions, are listed in the following policy documents. Please note the most recent version (at the top of the list) applies and supersedes earlier versions:

Addendum (Tier 4 and Jan National Lockdown) to National Lockdown Business Support Policy [PDF, 0.2MB]

Updated Addendum [PDF, 0.2MB]

National Lockdown Business Support Policy [PDF]

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