COVID-19 Financial support for businesses

Business Grant Funds

Business Grant Funds 

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

  • Tier 2 restrictions in London from 17 October to 4 November, and 2 December to 15 December

  • National lockdown restrictions from 5 November to 2 December.

  • Tier 3 restrictions in London from 16 December to 19 December 

  • Tier 4 local lockdown restrictions in London from 20 December to 4 January 

  • National lockdown from 5 January

However please note, the application deadline date for these grant schemes was 31 March 2021, with the exception of the National lockdown from 5 January (2nd payment cycle 16/02/21 to 31/03/21)

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.  

Restart Grant 

The Restart Grant is a one-off grant available from 1 April 2021. Please ensure you read all the following information carefully before applying for this funding. 

Eligibility Criteria

The primary principle of the Restart Grant scheme is to support businesses that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the relevant sectors. The scheme supports these businesses in reopening safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

To receive funding under this scheme you must be the ratepayer in respect of the hereditament on 1 April 2021 and your business must have been trading on this date.

A business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity. This should be interpreted as carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover.

Some trading indicators are included below that can help assess what can be defined as trading for the purposes of the grant schemes. Indicators that a business is trading are:

• The business has staff on furlough

• The business continues to trade online, via click and collect services etc.

• The business is not in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking off notice or under notice

• The business is engaged in business activity;  managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning and implementing COVID-safe measures

General Exclusions

You cannot get funding if your business:

  • has reached/exceeded the permitted subsidy allowance (see below) 

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

  • Is not within the rating system 

  • Is not trading (see above) 

Grant funding

There are different levels of grants payable depending in which sector your business is in.

Strand One - non-essential retail premises

The Restart Grant will support non-essential retail premises with one-off grants of up to £6,000 in Strand One of the Restart Grant. The following thresholds apply for these businesses: 

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

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

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

The following businesses are excluded from this grant funding:

Food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, corners shops, off licences, breweries, pharmacies, chemists, newsagents, animal rescue centres and boarding facilities, building merchants, petrol stations, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, taxi and vehicle hire businesses, education providers including tutoring services, banks, building societies and other financial providers, post offices, funeral directors, laundrettes and dry cleaners, medical practices, veterinary surgeries and pet shops, agricultural supply shops, garden centres, storage and distribution facilities, wholesalers, employment agencies and businesses, office buildings, automatic car washes and mobility support shops. 

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

The Restart Grant will also support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care, gym and sports business premises with one-off grants of up to £18,000 in Strand Two of the Restart Grant. The following thresholds apply for these businesses: 

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

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

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

The following businesses are excluded from this grant funding:

  • Hospitality retail businesses exclude food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway (not applicable to those that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions, in alignment with previous COVID-19 business grant schemes).

  • Leisure businesses exclude all retail businesses, coach tour operators, tour operators and telescopes. 

  • Accommodation businesses exclude: private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres, beach huts.

  • Gym & sport businesses excludes: home gyms, home exercise studios, home sports courts and home sports grounds. 

  • Personal care businesses exclude: businesses that only provide personal care goods, rather than services; businesses used solely as training centres for staff, apprentices and others; businesses providing dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services which incorporate personal care services, treatments required by those with disabilities and services relating to mental health.

Subsidy allowance

This scheme is covered by 3 subsidy allowances:

  • Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance – you’re allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of 3 years

  • COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance – you’re allowed up to £1,600,000. This allowance includes any grants previously received under the COVID-19 business grant schemes and any State aid previously received under Section 3.1 of the European Commission’s Temporary Framework across any other UK scheme.  

  • COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance - if you have reached your limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £9,000,000, provided certain conditions are met. This allowance includes any grants previously received in accordance with Section 3.12 of the European Commission’s Temporary Framework. Please ensure you are clear about the conditions that need to be met  before confirming your eligibility for the Restart Grant on the application form

Grants under these 3 allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £10,935,000 (subject to exchange rates).

Application Process

You can see a list of eligible businesses 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 Trading Address including postcode 

  • Ratepayer email address 

  • Sector

  • Nature of Business 

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

  • High level SIC Code 

  • Date business established 

  • Number of employees

  • Size of business the grant relates to 

  • Business rate account number

  • 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

Apply for a Restart Grant

The application closure date for the Restart Grant funding is 30 June 2021

Please note before awarding a grant payment we are required to undertake prepayment checks so please bear with us whilst we process these applications over the coming weeks.

Please be advised that you may be contacted for research purposes and your data will be held, processed and retained securely by the London Borough of Sutton. It will be shared with other teams across the Council and third parties for the purpose of assessing, verifying and processing your application, reporting, responding to statutory requests, and for the detection and prevention of fraud and error. It will be shared with others, including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs Service and their third parties for reporting, monitoring, evaluation and fraud detection purposes. If a grant is awarded, details will be published through the London Borough of Sutton’s website. Information will be released as required by legislation such as Freedom of Information. The London Borough of Sutton’s full privacy notice is available at Sutton.gov.uk

If you have any questions please contact businessrates@sutton.gov.uk 

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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 is 31 May 2021.

Apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

Please note if you had already received the Local Restrictions Support Grant Closed for the period 5 January to 15 February, we automatically awarded the new grant for the period 16 February to 31 March. You do not need to re-apply for this. 

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