Coronavirus COVID-19: Support for businesses

Updated 12 January 2021 

Lockdown grants

During the national lockdown announced by Government (from 5 January to 15 February 2021) the following grant schemes will be available to support affected businesses:

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed): for businesses that are legally required to close and which pay business rates
  • Additional Restrictions Grant: for businesses that are legally required to close but do not pay business rates, or for those not required to close but significantly impacted by the lockdown restrictions
  • Closed business lockdown payment: a further one-off grant payment, based on rateable value, for eligible retail, hospitality and leisure businesses. This will be:
    • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
    • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
    • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value over £51,000.

We are still waiting for Government guidance about how to distribute this new funding. We expect to receive this information early next week and will share details as soon as we can after this.

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If your business was affected by the national lockdown from 5 November to 2 December, there are specific grants available to cover that time period and applications are still open below if you have not yet claimed this funding.

If you have already claimed your grant for the November lockdown, please do not complete another application form yet. We will share details about how to claim the new grants as soon as we can.

Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme (November 2020)

The Government’s Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) scheme is available to support businesses that have been legally required to close during the November lockdown due to coronavirus, and occupy a rateable property.

Eligible businesses can claim the following grants, based on their rateable value:

  • for properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants to be £1,334 per 28 days of national lockdown;
  • for properties with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000, grants to be £2,000 per 28 days of national lockdown;
  • for properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, grants to be £3,000 per 28 days of national lockdown.

If you don't know your property's rateable value, you can check on the Government website.   

The full list of businesses that are required to close is available here and you can access the detailed eligibility criteria here.  

Apply to Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme (November 2020)

We will be using information from the business rates database to verify applications. Please ensure you have informed the business rates team of any changes of circumstances before you apply.

Please note the below application is for the November lockdown Local Restrictions Support Grant. The 2021 Lockdown Grant application is not available yet and we will share more details as soon as it is available.

November grant application

Additional Restrictions Grant scheme (November 2020)

Plymouth City Council has been allocated £5.2 million through the Government’s Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) to support local businesses that have been most impacted by the national coronavirus restrictions from 5 November to 2 December.

The discretionary funding will support businesses that cannot claim from the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme.

Businesses may be eligible to apply for financial support through the ARG if they:

  • have been legally required to close under current national restrictions but were not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant as they do not pay business rates, or pay packaged rent and rates
  • have not been legally required to close but have suffered a significant loss in turnover as a result of the national restrictions.

The funding is aimed at businesses that have been significantly affected by coronavirus, in particular retail, leisure and hospitality businesses and their supply chain. The Council will also prioritise childcare providers, language schools, fishing businesses, the creative and event industry and businesses that pay packaged rent and rates.

Applications for the ARG scheme are open.

In order to claim a grant, businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • must have been trading on or before 4 November 2020
  • must be a micro or small business with up to 50 employees
  • must have ongoing fixed monthly business costs in Plymouth (for example rents, wages, insurances or mooring fees)
  • can confirm they have been significantly affected by coronavirus (a minimum of 30 per cent loss in income)
  • if a home-based business, they must be registered with HRMC and able to provide their Company Unique Taxpayer Reference and a copy of their most recent tax return.

Businesses will not be eligible for the funding if they:

  • have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State Aid permitted under the EU State aid De-Minimis Regulation and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework
  • are in administration, insolvent or where a striking off order has been made.

Apply to Additional Restrictions Grant scheme (November 2020)

If you have already claimed your grant for the November lockdown, please do not complete another application form yet. We will share details about how to claim the new grants as soon as we can.

November Discretionary grant application

Need more assistance?

More information about the business grants, including FAQs, is available on the Invest Plymouth website.

If you are unable to complete the form online or have a query that has not been answered above, please contact the Plymouth City Council Business Grant helpline on 01752 308984. This will be open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

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