Guidance

Check if you're eligible for the coronavirus Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses)

The Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG (Closed) and LRSG (Closed) Addendum: Tier 4) support businesses that have been required to close due to temporary local restrictions.

Businesses that were open as usual and were then required to close due to local Tier 2, Tier 3 or Tier 4 restrictions may be eligible for LRSG (Closed) or LRSG (Closed) Addendum: Tier 4.

Eligible businesses are entitled to a cash grant from their local council for each 14 day period they are closed.

Eligibility

You can apply for a grant if your business is either:

  • in an area of local Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions and has been required to close because of local restrictions that resulted in a first full day of closure on or after 9 September
  • in an area of local Tier 4 restrictions and has been required to close because of local restrictions that resulted in a first full day of closure on or after 19 December

You will need to show that your business:

  • is based in England
  • occupies property on which it pays business rates (and is the ratepayer)
  • has been required to close for at least 14 days because of the restrictions
  • has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises

For example, this could include pubs and 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 can get one grant for each non-domestic property within the restriction area.

Businesses excluded from the fund

You cannot get funding if:

  • you can continue to operate during the period of restrictions because you do not depend on providing direct in-person services from your premises (for example, accountants)
  • local restrictions are introduced for less than 14 days or you are closed for less than 14 days
  • you have chosen to close, but have not been required to close as part of local restrictions
  • your businesses has been subject to national closures, since 23 March 2020, such as nightclubs (these are eligible for other grant support)
  • your business is in administration, insolvent, subject to a striking-off notice or has been struck off the Companies House register
  • you have exceeded the permitted state aid threshold

You must notify your local council if your situation changes and you no longer meet the eligibility criteria.

If you already get state aid

EU state aid rules apply to all payments made before 1 January 2021.

LRSG (Closed) and LRSG (Closed) Addendum: Tier 4 count towards the total de minimis state aid you’re allowed to get over a 3 year period - €200,000.

If you have reached the de minimis threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework. The limit for this framework is €800,000 under Section 3.1 of the Framework.

If you have already reached the de minimis threshold and the €800,000 limit under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework, you may be able to receive further grant funding, subject to a number of conditions under Section 3.12 of the Temporary Framework.

Your local council will ask you to complete a declaration confirming that:

  • you will not exceed the relevant state aid threshold
  • you will need to provide additional evidence to receive payments under Section 3.12 of the Temporary Framework
  • you were not an ‘undertaking in difficulty’ on 31 December 2019 (this applies to the temporary framework only)

The undertaking in difficulty test does not apply to small and micro undertakings (less than 50 employees and less than €10 million of annual turnover or annual balance sheet), unless any of the following apply:

  • the business is already in insolvency proceedings
  • the business has received rescue aid that has not been repaid
  • the business is subject to a restructuring plan under state aid rules

What you get

The grant will be based on the rateable value of the property on the first full day of local restrictions.

If your business has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £667 for each 14 day period your business is closed.

If your business has a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £1,000 for each 14 day period your business is closed.

If your business has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £1,500 for each 14 day period your business is closed.

The grant will be extended to cover each additional 14-day period of closure. If your business is closed for 28 days, or 2 payment cycles, it will receive £1,334, £2,000 or £3,000, depending on the rateable value of the property.

How to apply

Visit your local council’s website to find out how to apply.

Published 12 November 2020
Last updated 31 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Grants are available for businesses required to close due to Tier 4 restrictions.

  2. All Tier 4 businesses required to close will be eligible for grants of up to £1,500 for each 14-day period of closure; the grants will be administered by local authorities. Guidance also amended to reflect UK’s updated state aid agreement with the EU Commission.

  3. First published.