Local Restrictions Support Grant and Additional Financial Support Eligibility and Applications

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close or restrict how they provide goods and services.

Businesses that were open as usual and providing in-person (face-to-face) services to customers from their business premises, immediately prior to being required to close on November 5, may be eligible for this funding.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG)

Which businesses are eligible for LRSG

  • If your business is in list A, you can apply for LRSG. This is businesses and venues which have been ordered to close.
  • If your business is in list B, you cannot apply for LRSG. This is businesses and venues which can remain open. 
  • If your business is not in either list, but your normal business requires that you serve members of the public face-to-face, you may be entitled to an Additional Restrictions Support Grant (ARSG), if you can show that your business is similar to one of those in list A

State Aid

Read the information about State Aid, below, to make sure you won’t exceed the amount you can claim. You should not continue with this application if it will result in your business receiving more than the applicable amounts shown.

If you are a micro-business or small business, you can claim up to €200,000 in State Aid. If you are a larger organisation, you can also claim up to €800,000 under the UK COVID-19 Temporary Framework.

Following the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the European Commission has approved schemes to aid businesses affected by the Coronavirus outbreak on the basis of their Temporary Framework, including the COVID-19 Temporary Framework scheme for the UK.  

The maximum level of aid that a company may receive is €800,000 (€120,000 per undertaking active in the fishery and aquaculture sector or €100,000 per undertaking active in the primary production of agricultural products). This is across all UK schemes under the terms of the European Commission’s Temporary Framework.

The Euro equivalent of the Sterling aid amount is calculated using the Commission exchange rate applicable on the date the aid is offered.

Any aid provided under this scheme will be relevant if you wish to apply, or have applied, for any other aid granted on the basis of the European Commission’s Temporary Framework. You will need to declare this amount to any other aid awarding body who requests information from you on how much aid you have received. You must retain this letter for four years after the conclusion of the UK’s transition from the EU and produce it on any request from the UK public authorities or the European Commission.  

Aid may be granted to undertakings that were not in difficulty (within the meaning of Article 2(18) of the General Block Exemption Regulation3) on 31 December 2019, but that faced difficulties or entered in difficulty thereafter as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.4 This undertaking in difficulty test does not apply to small and micro undertakings (less than 50 employees and less than EUR 10 million of annual turnover and/or annual balance sheet) unless they were already in insolvency proceedings, have received rescue aid that has not been repaid, or are subject to a restructuring plan under State aid rules.

This aid is in addition any aid that you may be have received under the De Minimis regulation allowing aid of up to €200,000 to any one organisation over a three fiscal year period (i.e. your current fiscal year and previous two fiscal years), and any other approved aid you have received under other State aid rules, such as aid granted under the General Block Exemption Regulation.  

View the de minimis Regulations 1407/2013 (as published in the Official Journal of the European Union L352 24 December 2013).

How to apply

Applications are now open. Before make your application, please make sure you have the following:

  • Your business rates reference number – this is on your business rates bill.
  • Your companies house number - if you are a Limited Company.
  • Your passport or driving licence – if you are a Sole Trader or Partnership.
  • Your VAT number - if you are registered to pay VAT.
  • A bank statement – covering the period to 31 October or beyond. Please scan this as a PDF document, so you can attach it to the application form.
  • The bank account details to which the Support Grant is to be paid.

Apply for the local restriction support grant

Additional restrictions grant

The Additional Restrictions Support Grant (ARSG) 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 (e.g. those operating in shared spaces or spaces where they pay rent but are not the ratepayer)
  • Non-rate paying business who 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 who 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 who are within South Cambridgeshire District Council’s boundaries, will receive a single grant of up to £3,000 to cover the four-week national lockdown period. The grant amounts will be fixed based on the rental costs of the business at the below rates. Businesses with more than one qualifying property will receive a grant for each eligible property.

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.

Apply now for the additional restrictions grant

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 LRSG or ARSG 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.

In taking decisions on the LRDHS, South Cambridgeshire District Council will take the following into account:

  • The level of fixed costs faced by the business in question
  • The number of employees
  • Whether businesses have had to close completely and are unable to trade online
  • The consequent scale of COVID-19 losses
  • Whether the business provides goods and services which are of great benefit to the district or neighbourhood in which it is located
  • Businesses must have been trading as a going concern prior the pandemic and must be able to demonstrate short-medium term plans for sustained business recovery.

The amount of support awarded would be determined on a case by case basis, but will be limited to a maximum of £3,000, unless exceptional circumstances apply.

Apply now for the local restrictions discretionary hardship scheme

Policy

Full details of each scheme, including exclusions, are listed in our National Lockdown Business Support Policy.

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