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Covid business support grants

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Covid Business Support Grants

Somerset West and Taunton has been subject to the following Covid-19 restrictions since November 2020.

  Period Number of days Restriction
1 5 Nov to 1 Dec 27 days Second National Lockdown
2 2 Dec to 25 Dec 24 days Tier 2
3 26 Dec to 30 Dec 5 days Tier 3
4 31 Dec to 4 Jan 5 days Tier 4
5 5 Jan onwards   Third National Lockdown

The Government has provided the Council with funding for business support grant schemes for these periods, which the Council will administer.

So far we have paid out over £47m in Covid-19 business support grants. The grants are designed to help businesses meet their fixed business costs during periods of restrictions, when cashflow has been disrupted.

The grants are not loans and are therefore not repayable.

These grants focus on businesses which are directly affected by the particular restriction periods.

For each separate period of restriction there is a mandatory grant scheme and a discretionary grant scheme, each with their own eligibility criteria. These are summarised below:

  Mandatory Scheme Discretionary Scheme
Second National Lockdown

Second National Lockdown Support Grant

For businesses in the business rates system that were required by law to close

Additional Restrictions Grant

(Scheme no longer available for this period)

Tier 2

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) – Tier 2

For businesses in the business rates system that were required by law to close during the period of Tier 2 restrictions.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) Tiers 2 and 3

Businesses in the accommodation, leisure and hospitality sectors, which are in the rates system, which are not required to close but have severely impacted as a result of these restrictions being imposed.

Tier 3

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) – Tier 3

For businesses in the business rates system that were required by law to close during the period of Tier 3 restrictions.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) Tiers 2 and 3

Businesses in the accommodation, leisure and hospitality sectors, which are in the rates system, which are not required to close but have severely impacted as a result of these restrictions being imposed.

Tier 4

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) – Addendum: Tier 4

For businesses in the business rates system that were required by law to close during the period of Tier 4 restrictions.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

For businesses outside of the business rates system. Also for businesses within the business rates system that were not required to close during the period of Tier 4 restrictions.

Third National Lockdown

Third National Lockdown Support Package

For businesses in the business rates system that were required by law to close during the 3rd National Lockdown.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

For businesses outside of the business rates system. Also for businesses within the business rates system that were not required to close during the period of the Third National Lockdown.

For businesses that have received a Covid-19 Business Support Grant from the Council since 5 November 2020

We will contact you by email during the week commencing 18 January 2021 to ask you a few simple questions. This will enable us to work out any further Covid-19 Business Support Grant to which you may be entitled. Depending on your e-mail security settings this email may go to your ‘Spam’ or’ junk’ folder if not to your inbox.

If your business has not received a Covid-19 Business Support Grant from the Council since 5 November 2020

Whether or not your business is within the business rates system, you will shortly be able to register an Expression of Interest in receiving a Covid-19 Business Support Grant. From the information you provide we will work out whether there are any Covid-19 Business Support Grants you may be entitled to.