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Covid-19 Business Grants

The Government has announced a number of support grants available to local businesses that have been severely impacted by Covid-19 restrictions.

Taxi Licence Grant Payment

Financed through the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) fund, a grant is now available for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Drivers that are licensed with Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Eligible applicants will receive a one off grant of £500. Applications opened Monday 15 March 2021 and will close 4pm on Monday 29 March 2021.

Restart Grant

From April 2021, a new grant will be available to help businesses to reopen. The scheme is called the Restart Grant and this support will take the form of a one-off grant in Financial Year 2021-2022.

Non-essential retail premises and hospitality & leisure including personal care and gym premises will receive:

 

Non-essential retail premises

Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym premises

Rateable Value 15,000 or less as at 1 April 2021

 

£2,667

 

 

£8,000

Rateable Value 15,001 to 50,999 as at 1 April 2021

 

£4,000

 

 

£12,000

Rateable Value 51,000 and above as at 1 April 2021

 

£6,000

 

 

£18,000

The Restart Grant scheme is for businesses on the rating list only.

We will assess eligibility for this scheme from the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Businesses) applications. Applications will close on 30 June 2021. There will not be a separate application form.

If you have already made a Local Restrictions Support Grant application and received a grant payment, you are not required to complete another form and payments will be made automatically based on your eligibility.

For further information on the eligibility criteria, please click here.

We are currently awaiting guidance from central government on how to administer this scheme, and payments cannot be made until this has been received. We will update this webpage as further information becomes available regarding expected date for payments.

 

Closed Business Lockdown Payment

Announced on 5 January 2021, businesses mandated to close during National Lockdown Restrictions will be eligible to receive a one off top up grant of:

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,001 to £50,999
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 and above

Businesses are not required to apply for this one-off payment and we will assess eligibility for these grants through our Local Restrictions Support Grant (CLOSED BUSINESSES) application form. The closing date for applications is 31 March 2021.

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (OPEN BUSINESSES)

This discretionary scheme is for businesses that were not mandated to close but have been severely impacted by Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions. This scheme ceases to apply in Tier 4 and National Restriction periods.

This scheme is primarily aimed at hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast and leisure businesses. This can be viewed in our Local Restrictions Grant Policy below.

We will assess eligibility for this scheme from the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Businesses) applications. There will not be a separate application form.

Our funding allocation received from Central Government up to 30 December 2020 has been distributed in full. 

The closing date for applications is 31 March 2021.

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (CLOSED BUSINESSES)

This scheme is for businesses that are legally required to close from 5 November 2020 onwards due to National or Local Restrictions. Payments are currently being made up to 31 March 2021. Information on payment periods and amounts can be found on the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Businesses) link below.

If your business has been affected by these restrictions, please make only one application. Payments for all restriction periods will be made based on this application. If you have already made an application and received a grant payment, you are not required to complete another form and payments will be made automatically based on your eligibility.

Grant Payment Period Closing Date
Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) Addendum 05/11/20 to 01/12/20 31/03/21
Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) 02/12/20 to 30/12/20 31/03/21
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum : Tier 4 31/12/20 to 04/01/21 31/03/21

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards (including Closed Business Lockdown Payment)

05/01/21 to 15/02/21 31/03/21
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards (second payment cycle) 16/02/21 to 31/03/21 31/05/21

For further information on the qualifying criteria, and for details on how to apply, please click the below link:

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Businesses)

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

This scheme is for businesses which have been legally forced to close from 23 March 2020 (Nightclubs, dance halls, discos and sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars). We will assess eligibility for this scheme from the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Businesses) applications completed by businesses. There will not be a separate application form.

If your business has been affected by these restrictions, please make only one application. Payments for all restriction periods will be made based on this application. If you have already made an application and received a grant payment, you are not required to complete another form in the event that we change Tier, or move into a National Lockdown.

The closing date for applications is 31 March 2021.

 

Additional Restrictions Grant 

Phase 3 of this discretionary grant scheme closed at 4pm on Friday 12 March 2021

For further information about the Additional Restrictions Grant, please view our Local Restrictions Grant Policy below.

 

Local Restrictions Discretionary Grant Policy

For a copy of Stoke-on-Trent City Council's Local Restrictions Grant Policy please click the below link:

Local Restrictions Grant Policy

 

Updated guidance on financial support for businesses during coronavirus

For updated Government guidance on 'Financial Support for Businesses During Coronavirus (Covid-19)' please click the below link:

Financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19)