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Business grants available during national restrictions

Introduction

The government has provided local authorities with funding to support businesses who were mandated to close, or have been significantly financially affected by the national restrictions which began on 5 November 2020.

There are currently two open businesses grants which we are administering:

Local restrictions support grant – businesses which have been forced to closed due to the national restrictions (and who pay business rates).

NEW: Additional restrictions grant – a discretionary grant designed to support businesses affected by the national restrictions, but are not eligible for the local restrictions support grant.

Read more and apply for these grants below.

Local restrictions support grant

During the current period of national restrictions, qualifying businesses will receive a single fixed-amount grant to cover that four-week period.

This is for businesses who’ve been required to close, such as:

  • non-essential retail
  • hospitality
  • leisure
  • entertainment
  • personal care.

See the government guidelines on which businesses are permitted to stay open and which must close

The support amount to be received is based on the rateable value of your business premises, set out below:

  • For properties with a RV of £15,000 or under, a grant of £1,334
  • For properties with a RV of between £15,001 and £50,999 a grant of £2,000
  • For properties with a RV of £51,000 or above, a grant of £3,000.

Businesses which remain open during this time, or that choose to close but are not required to do so, are not eligible. However, those who have been required to close their main part of their business or service, but may be offering click and collect or delivery options – for example pubs and restaurants who’re offering collection or delivery services – are eligible.

Visit the government's website to check if you’re eligible

Apply for a local restrictions support grant here

Additional restrictions grant - discretionary

This grant is aimed at Norwich businesses who have been affected by the current national restrictions, but are not eligible for the Local Restrictions Grant (see above). This might be because they either don’t pay business rates, or have not been forced to closed, but have experienced loss of income.

The council will prioritise those businesses that meet the following criteria.

  • Businesses that have been severely impacted by the restrictions but may not qualify under the Local Restrictions Grant scheme e.g. businesses that supply the retail, hospitality or leisure sectors or businesses in the events sector, but have not had to close
  • Businesses that do not have a business rates assessment, this includes people who may be self-employed e.g. a hairdresser that rents a chair in a salon
  • Regular market traders with fixed costs, such as rent, that do not have their own business rates assessment
  • Bed & breakfasts that pay council tax instead of business rates

Grants will not be paid to the following

  • Businesses operating from domestic properties
  • Businesses that can still trade and operate their services remotely e.g. offices
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to do so by the national restrictions; unless they can demonstrate significant impact on their business due to other businesses being required to close
  • Businesses that mainly trade on-line
  • Companies in administration or are insolvent including where there has been a striking off notice will not be eligible to apply for assistance under this scheme.

Read more about the whole scheme.

Apply for an additional restrictions grant here