Coronavirus Restart Grant scheme

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

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in reopening safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Grants will be available from 1 April 2021, or as soon as possible after.

This is a one off payment only for eligible businesses who are rate-paying and trading on 1 April 2021.

Apply for a Restart Grant
 

Please bear with us while we process your forms as we anticipate receiving a large number of applications. Government guidance requires that we carry out prepayment compliance checks so there will be a delay before we can get back to you with a decision on your grant application.

 

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if it is rate-paying and trading on 1 April 2021.

The business must also be in one of the following sectors:

  • non-essential retail
  • hospitality
  • accommodation
  • leisure
  • personal care
  • gyms and sports

Check if your business is eligible

You can check is your business is eligible.

Non-essential retail

A business that is providing in-person non-essential retail to the general public and satisfies the following criteria may be eligible:

  • a business that was likely to have been required to cease their retail operation in the January 2021 lockdown
  • a business that had retail services restricted during January lockdown
  • a business that sells directly to consumers

Hospitality

A business whose main function is to provide venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink and satisfies the following criteria may be eligible:

  • businesses offering in-person food and drink services to the general public
  • businesses that provide food and/or drink to be consumed on the premises, including outdoors

Accommodation

A business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes and satisfies the following criteria:

  • businesses that provide accommodation for 'away from home' stays for work or leisure purposes
  • businesses that provide accommodation for short-term leisure and holiday purposes

Leisure

A business that provides opportunities, experiences, and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out and satisfies the following criteria may be eligible:

  • businesses that may provide in-person intangible experiences in addition to goods
  • businesses that may rely on seasonal labour
  • businesses that may assume particular public safety responsibilities
  • businesses that may operate with irregular hours through day, night, and weekends

  Personal care

A personal care business can be defined as a business which provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing and satisfies the following criteria may be eligible:

  • businesses that deliver in-person holistic, beauty and hair treatments
  • businesses that provide services such as tattoos and piercings
  • businesses that offer close-contact services, which are required to deliver the treatment
  • businesses that offer services, treatments or activities that require social distancing and cleaning protocols, which have led to a reduction in their capacity to deliver personal care services

Gyms and sports

A commercial or non-profit establishment where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis, using exercise equipment or open floor space with or without instruction, or where individual and group sporting, athletic and physical activities are participated in competitively or recreationally and satisfies the following criteria may be eligible:

  • businesses that offer in-person exercise and sport activities to the general public
  • businesses that open to members of the public paying an entry or membership fee
  • businesses that require extensive cleaning protocols, which significantly slow down trade
  • businesses that offer exercise classes or activities, which may mandate space and no masks etc

You must notify us if your situation changes and you no longer meet the eligibility criteria.

 

Businesses excluded from the fund

You cannot get funding if your business:

  • is not rate-paying and trading on 1 April 2021
  • is in administration, insolvent or has been struck off the Companies House register
  • has exceeded the permitted subsidy allowance

Check if your business is excluded

Businesses in certain sectors are excluded from applying to the Restart Grant scheme.

Do not apply if you are an excluded businesses as we will refuse to accept your application.

You can check if your business is excluded.
 

How much you can receive

The amount of grant that you can apply for depends on rateable value of your business. This grant will be subject to the new UK state aid business grant allowances set out in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement Article 3.4.

Non-essential retail sector

Eligible businesses in the non-essential retail sector may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £6,000.

  • 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 £2,667
  • 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 £4,000
  • 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 £6,000

Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors

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.

  • 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 £8,000
  • 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 £12,000
  • 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 £18,000

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
  • 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

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

 


Additional information

We have adopted a policy for this scheme.

Icon for pdf Uttlesford District Council RESTART Grants Scheme April 2021 [309.57KB]