Covid-19 business support grants

Information about the grants and financial help available to local businesses as a result of the Covid-19 local and National restrictions.

 

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

The Christmas Support Payment (CSP) is a one-off payment of £1000 to support 'wet-led' pubs through the festive period.

The payment is for the period 2 December to 29 December 2020, and is for pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than food. The pub must have been forced to close under local restrictions.

How to apply

We have full details and an application form.

Apply for the CSP
 

Applications will be accepted until 31 January 2021.

If you are unable to apply online please call our customer services team on 01799 510510.

 


Non-discretionary National Lockdown or Local Lockdown Grant (Localised Restriction Support Grant - Closed)

If you have already applied for a grant under this scheme, we will have your details on file and will make any subsequent grant payments automatically. You do not need to apply again. You will only need to notify us if you have had a change of circumstances.

Tier 2

Tier Two financial support for businesses who are closed. In Tier 2, a business running a public house, bar or other business involving the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises must cease to carry on that business, unless alcohol is only served for consumption on the premises as part of a table meal, and the meal is such as might be expected to be served as the main midday or main evening meal, or as a main course at either such meal.

Tier 4

Tier 4 financial support for businesses who have been forced to close.  This is for businesses that were open as usual, providing services in person to customers from their business premises, but which were then required to close for at least two weeks due to local lockdown restrictions.

National Lockdown

National lockdown financial support for businesses who have been forced to close. All businesses (that are business rate payers) and that have been instructed to close by the government regulations during national lockdown are eligible. This includes non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

How much you can receive

The amount of grant that you can apply for depends on rateable value of your business.

  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, you'll receive a cash grant of £1,334 for each 28 day period your business is closed
  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £15,001 up to and including £50,999, you'll receive a cash grant of £2,000 for each 28 day period your business is closed
  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you'll receive a cash grant of £3,000 for each 28 day period your business is closed

How to apply

We have full details and an application form.

Apply for the LRSG closed
 


Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP)

Closed businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors who are in receipt of the Local Restrictions National Lockdown grant will be able eligible for a one-off grant worth up to £9,000.

The amount of grant that you can apply for depends on rateable value of your business.

  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, you'll receive a cash grant of £4,000
  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £15,001 up to and including £50,999, you'll receive a cash grant of £6,000
  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you'll receive a cash grant of £9,000

How to apply

The same businesses that are eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant addendum (National Lockdown grant) from the  5 January 2021 onwards scheme are eligible for CBLP. There is no need to make a separate application. Please therefore follow the link on the section headed Non-discretionary national lockdown or local lockdown Grant (Localised Restriction Support Grant - Closed) to apply.

Businesses that have already submitted an application form do not need to reapply as the top up payment will be awarded automatically.

To help you, we have put together some additional information and frequently asked questions on the CBLP.

 


Businesses impacted while in Tier 2 (Localised Restriction Support Grant - Open)

If you have already applied for a grant under this scheme, we will have your details on file and will make any subsequent grant payments automatically. You do not need to apply again. You will only need to notify us if you have had a change of circumstances.

This grant is primarily to support businesses in the hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast and leisure or other sectors. These are businesses that were not legally required to close, but were severely impacted by the localised Tier 2 restrictions.

Payments under this scheme will only be made up to the 25 December 2020, as from 26 December Uttlesford entered Tier 4 Local Restrictions.

Where the Business is shown in the Local Non-Domestic rating list (paying business rates). This is how much grant you will receive:

  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, you'll receive a cash grant of £934 for each 28 day period your business is closed
  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £15,001 up to and including £50,999, you'll receive a cash grant of £1400 for each 28 day period your business is closed
  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you'll receive a cash grant of £2,100 for each 28 day period your business is closed

Where the business is NOT shown in the Local Non-Domestic rating list (not paying business rates). This is how much grant you will receive:

  • All cases will be considered by the council on a case by case basis and grants may be awarded up to a maximum of £1000

The amounts shown will be pro-rata to take into account the shorter period Essex was in Tier 2.

How to apply

We have full details and an application form.

Apply for the LRSG open
 


Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

A discretionary scheme to help businesses which have had to close, or been able to trade, but have been severely affected by the COVID-19 restrictions, regardless of whether they pay business rates.

This grant is only available whilst Uttlesford District Council's area is subject to national and localised restrictions where businesses are mandated to close. This will cover COVID restriction affected businesses in Alert Tiers 2,3 and 4.

These businesses will take priority on funding, but applications are invited from other businesses who satisfy the scheme criteria and have either been forced to close or have been severely affected by Tier 2, 3 & 4 local restrictions or the widespread national lockdown.

How to apply

We have full details and an application form.

Apply for the ARG
 

Applications must be made by 5pm on Sunday 28 February and grants will be awarded on a first-come-first served basis.

 


Essex Business Adaptation Fund (EBAF)

This grant is to support businesses who have spent (or intend to spend), money to help their business adapt to coronavirus.

The scheme will supply grants of £500, £1000 and £1,500 to local businesses experiencing added pressures after Essex was placed into the high local COVID alert level (tier 2) by the government. This grant will help businesses carry out adjustments to enable them to continue to operate safely.

Grants under the Essex Business Adaptations Fund (EBAF) scheme do not need to be paid back unless the claim is subsequently found to be fraudulent or is found to have not been used for the EBAF grant purpose.

These grants are only available for any spending that happened after 15 October 2020.

Approved expenditure must take place by 12 February 2021.

How to apply

Because of the high demand for this grant, we have stopped taking applications. 

For more information please contact business@uttlesford.gov.uk

 


 

 

Frequently asked questions

We are working tirelessly to process as many payments as possible to help all eligible businesses. Before any payment can be made we have to check each individual request and determine a business's eligibility under the scheme. We ask that you remain patient during these difficult times, as call volumes, grant requests and queries relating to these are extremely high. We have put together some answers to the most frequently asked questions about the different grant schemes.

If you have any questions not answered here you can contact us by email at business@uttlesford.gov.uk
 

Additional information

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Further information about COVID-19 and the support available to businesses is also available on the GOV.UK website.

 

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