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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and advice

Covid business support grants

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Tier 2

This grant is for the period of Tier 2 restrictions only, which ran from 2 December 2020 to 25 December 2020 inclusive (24 days).

The Government has published guidance about this scheme on their website which you are encouraged to read.

Eligibility

Businesses within the rates system which have been required to close by Government as a result of Tier 2 restrictions. In Tier 2 this typically refers to pubs and bars, unless they are operating as restaurants.

The Government has published details of what has to close and what may stay open in each of the four tiers.

General Exclusions

  • Businesses that are able to conduct their main service because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors).
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme
  • Businesses which have exceeded the relevant state aid limits

What you could receive

The period of Tier 2 restrictions in the SWT area ran for a 24 day period. Payments are based on the rateable value of the business properties concerned, as follows:

Rateable value Grant payment
Rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under £1,143
Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 £1,714
Rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above £2,571

A business which has more than one eligible rated business premises in the SWT area is entitled to more than one payment

Payments

  • We will pay the grant to the person, partnership or company who is named as the ratepayer on our records
  • All payments will be made by bank transfer
  • Grant income received by a business is taxable, therefore payments under this scheme will be subject to tax. However, only businesses that make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax
  • These grant payments counts towards state aid limits and are made under the de minimis arrangements (€200,000) or, where this limit has been exceeded, under the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework limit (€800,000),

Please see the Covid Business Support Grants page of our website for details of our approach to identifying businesses which may be entitled to this support.

Data use

Please note that data provided by businesses in relation to these grants may be shared with Government departments on request for specific assurance and analysis purposes. Data may also be securely shared with Government departments, agencies and third party organisations for the specific purpose of prevention and detection of fraud.