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. 

The Reopening Grant (scheme closed) 

Please note the closing date for these applications was Friday 13th August at 5pm.This fund supported Sutton businesses that were not able to reopen to customers indoors during Step 2, even if they were able to reopen to customers 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 was aimed at businesses in the hospitality sector or businesses delivering indoor events/classes as set out in the guidance.

The Weddings/Civil Partnerships, Events and Travel Fund (scheme closed) 

Please note the closing date for these applications was Friday 13th August at 5pm. This fund supported businesses which organise or supply large events or weddings that have been impacted by the limits on gatherings which were in place between 21 June and 19 July; and businesses in the travel and tourism industry including the following sectors: 

  • Venues which primarily operate by hosting large events or weddings/civil partnerships and can demonstrate that this is the substantial part of your business 
  • Provision of services prior to the event such as outfitters (including wedding/civil partnership dresses or tailored suits) and jewellers (which sell wedding/civil partnership jewellery as and can demonstrate that this has historically been the substantial part of their business).
  • Photography service, where the photographer attends on the wedding or event day 
  • DJs, bands and music professionals which can demonstrate that the majority of their income has historically come from the supply of weddings/civil partnership or large events
  • Businesses which directly supply the weddings/civil partnerships or events including florists, caterers, decorations, party / tableware suppliers which can demonstrate that the majority of their income has historically come from the supply of weddings or large events
  • Event hair or beauty (such as make-up artists) which can demonstrate that the majority of their income has historically come from the supply of weddings/civil partnerships or large events 
  • Coach operators which substantially provide services for tourism, events or weddings/civil partnerships, or businesses which specifically provide cars for events or weddings/civil partnerships as the substantial part of their business  
  • Travel agents, tour or group travel operators 
  • Taxi/Private Hire Vehicles where the substantial part of your income is generated from transportation to/from events and tourism activities, and which were impacted by the restrictions on events or international travel.
  • Businesses which substantially operate by arranging or delivering group training, corporate events or conferences. Prior to COVID-19 this must have been delivered to groups (ie more than 6 people) and have been delivered in person. Businesses must not have been able to operate the substantial part of their business between 18 May and 19 July. Exclusions: Businesses that are Ofsted registered and those who deliver education or training which leads to accredited training. 
  • Businesses which substantially operate by supplying corporate events that were unable to take place 18 May to 19 July due to the restrictions on events and gatherings. 

Grants can be awarded between £2,000 and £8,000 for eligible businesses.

Restart Grant (scheme closed) 

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

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

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 (scheme closed)

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) (scheme closed) 

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.

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

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Spectator Sports and Ticketed Events Fund (scheme closed) 

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. 

Please note the closing date for these applications was 21 June 2021. Final grant payments for eligible applications received before this date will be paid by 31 July 2021.

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