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.


We now have an application form available for the Non-discretionary "National Lockdown" grant

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

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

The amount of grant that you can apply for depends on rateable value of your business. The grant is payable for each "28-day" national lockdown period:

Rateable Value

Grant payable

£15,000 and under

£1,334 for 28 days

£15,001, but less than £50,999

£2,000 for 28 days

£51,000 and over

£3,000 for 28 days

How to apply

We have full details and an application form.

Apply for the LRSG

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

The government is expecting the funding to be targeted at hospitality, hotel, Bed & Breakfast and leisure businesses, however local authorities will have discretion to determine the precise eligibility criteria for these grants.

We are still designing the structure of this scheme and the full policy details will be published shortly.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

We are working on the final eligibility criteria for the discretionary scheme (Additional Restrictions Grant).

This scheme is currently being built in consultation with other local authorities in Essex to provide a clear streamlined countywide support grant. We appreciate the urgency for business support and will release further information on this as soon as possible.

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

Additional information

We are sending regular updates to our local businesses. Sign up to receive important information and updates on grants, funding and training.

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


Privacy and data handling

We are committed to protecting your privacy rights as a resident or visitor and when you use our services.

More information, including how we will be handing your data during the coronavirus crisis.