Grants for businesses that have a rateable value and are open but financially severely impacted

Please note that there is one application form for these two grants

22 September – 4 November (Local Restrictions Support Grant – Open)


Hospitality, Accommodation and Leisure businesses

Hospitality, Accommodation and Leisure businesses that were open, but financially severely impacted by LCAL High (Tier 2)/LCAL Very High (Tier 3) restrictions.

Only Hospitality, Accommodation and Leisure businesses can apply for a grant from 22 September-4 November (Tier 2/3 restrictions). These grants are paid in 28 day grant cycle periods. The entry points are 22 September and 20 October.

Some businesses that were severely impacted by the move to Tier 2/Tier 3 will have subsequently closed during National Lockdown and will need to apply also for the LRSG (businesses that have been required to close) for the period from 5 November – 2 December.

Closed businesses are those that have been legally obliged by the government as part of local restrictions to close their usual in-person customer service from their premises. However a restaurant that has had to close its substantive business, but is providing a takeaway service, or a hotel that has had to close its main business is deemed to be ‘closed’. These businesses should apply for LRSG (businesses that have been required to close)

Hospitality, Accommodation and Leisure businesses that have stayed open throughout and applied for a grant from 22 September will not need to make a further application but will be automatically transferred to the Additional Restrictions Grant.

Businesses will need to notify their local authority if they no longer meet the eligibility criteria for additional grants at any point in each 28-day grant cycle period.

Hospitality, Accommodation and Leisure businesses subject to Tier 2/3 local restrictions will be paid retrospectively from the point that they entered the scheme on 22 September or 20 October. They must have been severely impacted for the entirety of the four-week payment cycle from 22 September to be eligible for payment from 22 September. Otherwise they will receive payment from 20 October – 4 November.

5 November – 2 December (Additional Restrictions Grant – RV scheme)

All businesses with a rateable value that have not been forced to close, but which have been financially severely impacted by the National Lockdown are able to apply for a grant from 5 November and will be paid for the 28 days of national lockdown until 2 December.

Grants available (both schemes)

  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, you will receive grants of £934 per four weeks of severe impact
  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000, you will receive grants of £1,400 per four weeks of severe impact
  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, you will receive grants of £2,100 per four weeks of severe impact

Grants will be based on the rateable value of the property on the first full day of either local or national restrictions.

Payment schedules

  • Eligible businesses will get one grant for each property liable for business rates with Lancaster City Council
  • Payments apply up to the period ending on 2 December 2020

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if it:

  • occupies property on which it pays business rates to Lancaster City Council (if you are in receipt of business rates relief you are also eligible)
  • was trading up to the date that the restrictions that have severely impacted your business came into force - fully constituted businesses not in liquidation, dissolved or subject to a striking off notice are eligible and deemed to be trading

Businesses that have substantially altered their business model in order to trade should enquire with Business Support at business.support@lancaster.gov.uk as to whether their original business model remains their substantive business.

Ineligibility

Your business will not be eligible if it:

  • has not been financially severely impacted because it has been able to continue to operate during the local restrictions or national lockdown because it does not depend on providing direct in-person services from its premises
  • once it has been forced to close by government mandate – these businesses should apply to LRSG (businesses that have been required to close)
  • has reached the state aid limit. These grants count towards state aid. Payments count towards the total de minimis state aid allowed over a three-year period (€200,000). If you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework where the limit is €800,000
  • was in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice was made on the date of the first full day of restrictions
  • was not a ratepayer in the business rates system upon the date that the business entered the relevant Local or National Restrictions Grant Scheme are ineligible
  • it is in an area outside the scope of the relevant restrictions, as defined by the government

How to apply

To request a paper application form please, email business.support@lancaster.gov.uk or telephone Customer Services on 01524 582000 with your details and request.

If you have any questions about the this scheme, please contact the Business Support Team by email to business.support@lancaster.gov.uk, or call Customer Services on 01524 582000 to arrange a call back.