Help for businesses and grants

Latest news - 23/2/2021

Business Grants from 16/2/21

The next round of grants for businesses with a business rates account that have been required to close will cover the period 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 (44 days). We intend to begin processing payments from Monday 1 March 2021. Further information and the payment rates are shown below at
1. Local restrictions support grant (closed businesses)

If you have already had a Closed grant payment following the restrictions from 31 December 2020 you will not need to re-apply – the next payment will be made automatically. Please do not complete another form as this will just slow down the processing of other grants.

 

Additional Restrictions Grant

Retail businesses not required to close but who show a substantial loss of income are now eligible for a payment under this scheme as are childcare businesses providing before and after school care. In addition any business with ongoing fixed costs that provides a service (rather than goods) and can demonstrate they have been severely impacted by the restrictions is now in scope.
2. Additional Restrictions Grant

 

Grants following restrictions from 31 December 2020

Businesses that had to close from Thursday 31 December 2020 due to tier 4 restrictions will need to apply for the closed grant from this date if they have not already done so. Payments cover the period 31 December 2020 to 15 February 2021 (48 days). The payment will also include the closed businesses lockdown payment. Further information and the link to the form is shown below at
1. Local restrictions support grant (closed businesses) - application period ends 31 March 2021

The details about Bolton council’s additional restrictions grant scheme, for business required to close but are not liable for business rates or those that have not been legally forced to close but are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions, is shown below at
2. Additional restrictions grant

 

If your business has been required to close you only need to complete the application form once. Eligibility for all grants will be assessed at the same time.


All grant applications are being assessed as quickly as possible and we are aiming to process applications within 28 days of receipt of a full application (including all supporting information). If you do not receive any communication after 28 days from the date you submitted your full application please get back in touch with us by emailing businessbolton@bolton.gov.uk and we will look into your application further.

A table indicating which grants are available to certain business sectors is available for download.

Download the table now (pdf)

This document will be updated as more information is known.

1. Local restrictions support grant (closed businesses)

The Government is providing funding to pay grants to eligible businesses that are affected by local or national restrictions and were required to close on or after 9 September 2020. If the business does not have its own business rates bill it will not be eligible for a grant from this scheme.

Who is eligible for this grant?

Businesses that were open as usual and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises and then required to close for a consecutive period of no less than 14 days, on or after 9 September 2020, as a result of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984.

Payment will be made to the person or company who, according to Bolton Council’s records was the ratepayer in respect of the hereditament on the date of the first full day of restrictions.

How much is the grant?

The rate of payment for eligible businesses during national closure from 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021 is:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under - £2001
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k - £3000
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over - £4500

The rate of payment for eligible businesses from 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 is:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under - £2096
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k - £3143
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over - £4714

If you are approved for the local restrictions support grant (closed) you will automatically be assessed for all other available grants including closed businesses lockdown payment.

The rate of payment for closed businesses lockdown payment is:

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15k or under on 5 January 2021 will receive a payment of £4000
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k on 5 January 2021 will receive a payment of £6000
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51k or over on 5 January 2021 will receive a payment of £9000

Exclusions to local restrictions support grant (closed businesses) and closed businesses lockdown payment

  • Businesses that are able to continue to trade 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 subject to local restrictions that are implemented for less than 14 days and businesses that are closed for less than 14 days
  • Businesses in areas outside the scope of the localised restrictions, as defined by government
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to
  • Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of state aid permitted under the de minimis and the covid-19 temporary state aid framework
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made.

Any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back.

If you make/have already made an application for and are approved for the local restrictions support grant (closed) you will automatically be assessed for the local restrictions support grant (open) and will not need to re-apply.

The application closure date for the 42 day closed payment (which will incorporate the closed businesses lockdown payment) is 31 March 2021. All payments must be made by 30 April 2021.

Apply for LRSG closed grant

2. Additional restrictions grant

During previous grants schemes we have received contact from many businesses that haven’t been eligible for the grants. As a result our additional restrictions grant scheme has been set up to support businesses in the worst affected sectors that have not been able access grant support up to now. More specifically this will include:

  • Businesses that have been required to close but aren’t eligible for closed grant because they don’t have a business rates account
  • Events/hospitality/leisure supply chain businesses, or businesses reliant upon these sectors for the majority of their business, with or without business rates accounts that haven’t been paid a closed grant
  • Retail businesses not required to close but can demonstrate a substantial loss of income as a result of restrictions
  • Childrens nurseries (providers on Ofsted’s early years register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of the early years foundation stage) that weren’t eligible for small business grant or discretionary grant
  • Childcare businesses providing before and after school care
  • Businesses that provide services (rather than goods) that are not required to close, but that can show they have been severely restricted by the COVID19 restrictions. This includes businesses which have as their main activity repair services. The business must not have been paid a grant already (excluding the original grants Retail/Small Business/Discretionary Grant) and must demonstrate substantial income loss and ongoing fixed business costs.

The payment amounts will be a single payment based upon the amount similar businesses in the same sector are being estimated to receive from the open and closed grant schemes from 5 August to 31 March 2021.

Supply chain businesses (or businesses reliant upon events/hospitality/leisure sectors) will be eligible for the payment for the sector they supply. If they supply more than one sector they will be paid at the level of whichever sector they supply most.

ARG is not intended to act as an income replacement scheme. Therefore only businesses that can demonstrate they have significant ongoing fixed business costs can be considered.

A table indicating the amount businesses will receive is available for download.

Download the table now (pdf)

Apply for additional restrictions grant

3. Closed businesses lockdown payment

This one-off grant worth up to £9,000 will be paid on top of existing grants to businesses with a business rates account that have been required to close due to national restrictions from 5 January 2021. The grant will be processed and paid automatically alongside the closed grant scheme already in place following tier 3/4 restrictions. A specific application for this grant is not required (it will be paid together with the next closed grant payment). The grant must be paid by 30 April 2021.