COVID-19 Financial support for businesses

Business Grant Funds

Business Grant Funds 

The Government have announced a series of grants for certain businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic:

Find out about how your business can be supported

Further grant schemes may be launched through the Additional Restrictions Grant. For updates, please continue to monitor this website and our social media accounts. You can also subscribe to the Business newsletter for the latest updates emailed directly to your inbox. 

After reading the guidance, if you have any questions please contact the Revenue and Benefits Customer Services team on 020 8770 5000 by selecting options 1, 1, 3. 

Restart Grant 

On 1 April, a new Restart Grant was launched for businesses in Sutton. 

The main aim of the Restart Grant scheme is to support Sutton businesses in the relevant sectors that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity take place in fixed premises and where business rates are paid.

Who is eligible?

There are two different strands to this grant funding.

  • Strand one is eligible for: non-essential retail.

  • Strand two is eligible for: hospitality, leisure and personal care businesses, as well as gyms and sports business premises.

Strand one - Non-essential retail premises

The Restart Grant Strand One will support non-essential retail premises with one-off grants  of up to £6,000 depending on the rateable value:

  • For businesses in properties with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under  - grant payment will be £2,667. 

  • For businesses in properties with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 - grant payment will be £4,000. 

  • For businesses in properties with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over - grant payment will be £6,000

Strand two - Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care, gym and sports business premises

The Restart Grant Strand Two will support Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care and Gym & Sport business premises with one-off grants of up to £18,000 depending on the rateable value;

  • For businesses in properties with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under - grant payment will be £8,000. 

  • For businesses in properties with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 - grant payment will be £12,000. 

  • For businesses in properties with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over - grant payment will be £18,000.

Who can't apply 

You cannot get funding if your business:

  • Has reached/exceeded the permitted subsidy allowance 

  • Is in liquidation, administration, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice

  • Is not within the rating system 

  • Is not trading

Application Process

You can see a list of businesses able to apply for Restart Grants here. Before applying, please make sure you have the following information to hand as you will not be able to complete your application without it:

  • Business Rate Payer name (as shown on your rates bill)

  • Business rate account number

  • Business Trading Address, including postcode 

  • Ratepayer email address 

  • Sector

  • Nature of Business 

  • Unique identifier (preferably Company Reference Number (CRN)) if applicable. If not applicable, the VAT Registration Number, Self Assessment/Partnership Number, National Insurance Number, Unique Taxpayer Reference, Registered Charity Number will also be acceptable) 

  • High level SIC Code 

  • Date business was established 

  • Number of employees

  • Size of business the grant relates to 

  • Details of the type of previous grants and amounts your business has received

  • Cumulative total of previous funding received under all COVID-19 business grants schemes

We encourage all business owners to read the guidance to confirm eligibility.

Apply for a Restart Grant

The closing date for Restart Grant funding applications is 30 June 2021.


Please note - before awarding a grant payment, we are required to undertake pre-payment checks. Please be patient while we process these applications over the coming weeks.

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‘Closed’ grant for businesses that were required to close by law and are liable for Business Rates

The ‘Local Restrictions Support Grant Closed’ covers the time of National Restrictions from 5 January to 31 March 2021.

Businesses eligible for help under the Closed scheme are those that were required to close by Government by law. A full list of businesses required to close can be found here. These include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses. Businesses applying to this fund must be liable for Business Rates.

Your business must have been liable for business rates and trading the day before these restrictions came into force (unless previous restrictions on that day meant you were closed). i.e. you must be the named business ratepayer on 5 January 2021.

Businesses that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme. 

The level of grants available through the scheme are set out below, and will be paid pro-rata for the time the restrictions are in place. The size of the grant will be based on rateable values: 

Period 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021 (42 days)

  • Properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under would receive a grant of £2,001 for the 42-day qualifying period 

  • Properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and below £51,000 would receive a grant of £3,000 for the 42-day qualifying period 

  • Properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over would receive a grant of £4,500 for the 42-day qualifying period.

Please note the closing date for these applications was 31 March 2021.

Period 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 (44 days)

  • Properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under would receive a grant of £2,096 for the 44-day qualifying period 

  • Properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and below £51,000 would receive a grant of £3,143 for the 44-day qualifying period 

  • Properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over would receive a grant of £4,714 for the 44-day qualifying period.

Please note the closing date for these applications was 31 May 2021. Final grant payments for eligible applications received before this date will be paid by 30 June 2021.

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Back to Business Fund (Additional Restrictions Grant 2)

The Council has opened a second round of Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding to help the maximum number of Sutton businesses. 

The Back to Business Fund aims to support businesses that are not eligible for the Restart Grant and which have been severely impacted by the recent coronavirus restrictions. So far, over 400 local businesses have been supported through the ARG fund. 

To apply, businesses must meet the criteria set out in the guidance and then submit an application form.  

The Back to Business Fund supports businesses in the sectors set out in the guidance, or businesses in any sector which have lost at least 30% of their turnover in March or April 2021. Businesses must meet all eligibility criteria set out. 

The scheme is open to businesses which are based at home, are mobile or in commercial premises (with or without a liability for Business Rates). The grant is to support businesses by helping them cover the ongoing costs they incur to keep their business running (excluding wage or salary costs), and the costs to make the business COVID-19 secure. 

Full eligibility details are also set out in the guidance.

The application deadline for the Back to Business grant has a final extension until 30 June 2021. This is to bring the closing date for the scheme in line with the Government's application deadline for the Restart grant. Please make sure you submit your application by 30 June 2021

Businesses that qualified under the first round of the ARG scheme (which provided grants for the period November 2020 to February 2021 and closed on 31 March) will be asked to complete a short application/declaration form to apply for a further grant. This will be issued directly to them. If you have not received this, please email discretionarygrant@sutton.gov.uk.

New applicants will be required to submit a full application form and evidence. 

We encourage all business owners to read the guidance to confirm their eligibility and review the terms of the grant funding.

Apply for a Back to Business Grant Fund

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The Reopening Grant 

The Reopening Grant supports Sutton businesses that did not reopen (indoors) during Step 2 of the Government’s Roadmap from 12 April to 17 May. The scheme has recently been expanded, and now will support businesses that were not able to reopen indoors during Step 2, even if they were able to reopen outside.

The grant can be awarded in addition to the Restart or Additional Restrictions Grant. Grants of between £4,000 and £8,000 are available for eligible businesses.

This grant is aimed at businesses in the hospitality sector or businesses delivering indoor events/classes as set out in the guidance.

Businesses must be based in commercial premises full-time and must offer in-person customer services from their premises as the substantial part of their business.

The application deadline for the Reopening Grant has an extension until 30 June 2021. This is to bring the closing date for the scheme in line with the Government's application deadline for the Restart grant. Please make sure you submit your application by 30 June 2021

The grant is open to sole traders/partnerships, micro, small or medium businesses as set out in the guidance. Your business must not have opened for outdoor trading during Step 2 of the Government’s Roadmap between 12 April and 17 May.

We encourage all business owners to read the guidance to confirm their eligibility and review the terms of the grant funding.

Apply for a Reopening Grant Fund

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Spectator Sports and Ticketed Events Fund 

A Spectator Sports and Ticketed Events Fund has been launched through the Additional Restrictions Grant fund to support the businesses in Sutton. The grant is available to businesses which substantially operate by providing events, performances or matches, where spectators or audiences purchase and pay for tickets. The matches, events or performances must have been severely restricted due to COVID-19 restrictions limited on large gatherings. 

The guidance is available here. To apply, businesses should email discretionarygrant@sutton.gov.uk to request a copy of the application form, which should be submitted by email no later than Monday 21st June.

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