Funding for businesses impacted while in Tier 2
Who is eligible to apply for the grant, how much you can claim and details of the funding criteria for businesses that were impacted by the localised Tier 2 restrictions.
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 restrictions which were in place from 17 October 2020 to 4 November 2020 and from 2 December 2020 to 25 December 2020.
Payments under this scheme will only be made up to the 25 December 2020, as from 26 December Uttlesford entered Tier 4 Local Restrictions.
Businesses impacted while in Tier 2 (Localised Restriction Support Grant - Open)
This grant is primarily to support businesses in the hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast and leisure sectors, that were not legally required to close, but were severely impacted by the localised restrictions.
Whilst the council will give priority to the above sectors, applications will be accepted from other businesses that can prove that they too have been severely impacted.
Applications will be accepted from both business paying business rates (National Non-domestic Rates) and those that are not on the business rate records.
Period of entitlement to claim is from 17 October 2020 to 4 November 2020 and from 2 December 2020 to 25 December 2020.
We have an online form for you to apply.
Please bear with us while we process your forms as we are expecting to receive a large number of applications.
Businesses that were established and trading on the day prior to the introduction of the Tier 2 (High) restrictions within the district are eligible to apply.
All businesses can apply however, those that provide hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure businesses will be considered as a priority.
All businesses that are not legally required to close, but which are severely impacted by the localised restrictions on socialising are eligible.
Eligible businesses must also:
- provide evidence that their business has been severely impacted by the localised restrictions
- those businesses not on the Non-Domestic rating list (not paying business rates) must in addition demonstrate that they have fixed ongoing business costs which are unavoidable.
The effective date for eligibility of grants under this scheme is the date of the local restrictions.
How much you can receive
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.
Who cannot apply
You cannot receive the grant if you are:
- businesses that have continued to trade and were not severely impacted by the local restrictions
- businesses in areas outside the scope of the localised restrictions as defined by Government
- businesses which have exceeded the maximum state aid levels
- businesses that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made
Grant income is taxable but only businesses making an overall profit once the grant is included will be subject to tax.
Local authorities will not accept deliberate manipulation and will work collaboratively across the region and nationally to share intelligence and resources to detect fraud.
Any business found to be giving false eligibility information or seeking to gain an additional grant will be investigated.
The council will recover money paid in error and fraudulent claims will be prosecuted in the courts.
The Local Restrictions Support Grant counts towards state aid. Read the rules on State Aid guidance and Temporary Framework for State Aid for COVID-19 responses (GOV.UK).
By accepting this grant you must confirm that you are not in breach of these rules.
Within a three year period, payments of up to and including approximately £721,000 can be provided under the De Minimis rules, the equivalent of up to €800,000 of aid.
We have adopted a policy for this scheme.