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.
Which grant to apply for
If you are not sure which grant to apply for please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our Economic Development Team will be able to help you.
If you have any questions about an application you have submitted please call our customer services team on 01799 510510.
The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Eligible businesses in the non-essential retail sector may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £6,000.
Eligible businesses in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £18,000
You can apply on the Coronavirus Restart Grant scheme page.
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.
If you have previously been in receipt of funds from the ARG scheme, and your circumstances have not changed, please do not resubmit an application.
If your business is eligible for the Coronavirus Restart Grant scheme, please do not apply for the ARG as you are not eligible for funding from this scheme.
Grants will be paid to eligible businesses on a first come first served basis until the funding has been exhausted.
You can apply on the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) page.
Applications must be made by 5pm on Sunday 16 May 2021 and grants will be awarded on a first-come-first served basis until funding has been exhausted.
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 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 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 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
We have full details and an application form.
Applications for the current period of payment, 16 February to 31 March 2021, will be accepted up until 31 May 2021.
For all other previous periods the deadline for applications was 31 March 2021.
Applications for this grant closed on 31 March 2021.
Businesses impacted while in Tier 2 (Localised Restriction Support Grant - Open)
Applications for this grant closed on 31 March 2021.
Essex Business Adaptation Fund (EBAF)
All businesses in Uttlesford impacted by Covid-19 can apply for funding of up to £1,500 to make adaptations to ensure they are safe for customers or employees, to diversify into other opportunities, set up an online presence or simply to advertise that they are open and COVID secure.
Grants will be awarded on a first-come-first served basis until the funding has been exhausted.
This scheme is currently closed for applications but will be re-opening for another round shortly.
Please email email@example.com for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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