The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) will support businesses that have been required to close due to temporary COVID-19 local lockdown restrictions imposed by the government.
The scheme is designed to support businesses that were open as usual, providing services in person to customers from their business premises, but which were then required to close for at least 3 weeks due to local lockdown restrictions imposed by government.
A frequently updated list of areas with additional local restrictions, including information for local authorities, residents and workers about what to do and how to manage the outbreak can be found on the GOV.UK website.
It is for businesses that pay business rates on their premises. Local councils may at their discretion also provide funding for businesses that don’t pay business rates.
Your business may be eligible if it:
- occupies property on which it pays business rates.
- is in a local lockdown area and has been required to close because of the formal publication of local restrictions guidance that resulted in a first full day of closure on or after 9 September. This funding is not retrospective.
- has been required to close for at least 3 weeks because of the lockdown, and
- has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises
For example, this could include non-essential retail, personal services or cafes/restaurants that operate primarily as an in-person venue, but which have been forced to close those services and provide a takeaway-only service instead.
Eligible businesses will get one grant for each property liable for business rates within the lockdown zone.
Businesses that are required to close but do not pay business rates may be eligible for funding at the discretion of the local council, as may businesses not required to close but which are severely impacted.
What you will get
If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of less than £51,000, you will receive a cash grant of £1,000 for each 3-week period your business is closed.
If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you will receive a cash grant of £1,500 for each 3-week period your business is closed.
The grant will be extended to cover each additional 3-week period, so if your business is closed for 6 weeks it will receive £2,000 or £3,000, depending on the rateable value of the property.
Grants will be based on the rateable value of the property on the first full day of local lockdown restrictions.
You may receive a grant of up to £1,500 at the discretion of your local council if:
- your business is required to close but you do not pay business rates, or
- if your business is not required to close, but has been severely affected, for example as a result of customer businesses being closed
Your local council will publish details of discretionary funding on their website.
- businesses which are able to continue to operate during the lockdown because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from their premises.
- businesses that have chosen to close, but have not been required to close as part of a local lockdown.
- businesses that are still subject to national closures such as nightclubs, and
- businesses that have reached the state aid limit
If you already get State Aid
The Local Restrictions Support Grant counts towards state aid.
Payments count towards the total de minimis State aid you’re allowed to get over a 3-year period – €200,000. If you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework. The limit for the framework is €800,000.
Your local council will ask you to complete a declaration confirming that:
- you will not exceed the relevant State aid threshold, and
- you were not an ‘undertaking in difficulty’ on 31 December 2019. This applies only to the COVID-19 Temporary Framework
The undertaking in difficulty test does not apply to small and micro undertakings (less than 50 employees and less than EUR 10 million of annual turnover and/or annual balance sheet) unless they were already in insolvency proceedings, have received rescue aid that has not been repaid, or are subject to a restructuring plan under State aid rules.
How to apply
Visit your local council’s website to find out if it’s in a temporary lockdown area and, if, so, how to apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant.
Please note that local councils in temporary lockdown areas may still be waiting on information or funding from government and/or creating capacity to manage the programme and therefore may not yet be in a position to make the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) available to applications. We advise interested businesses to keep checking their local council’s website for updates.