Help for businesses and grants

Please see below for information on the grants schemes which are going live along with those for which we are waiting for details

Latest news - as at 27 November 2020

Information about how businesses that are required to remain closed due to Tier 3 restrictions can apply for the rolling Tier 3 grant will be published here once it is available.

 

The information regarding the grant scheme for businesses that have been required to close as a result of the national lockdown effective from Thursday 5 November 2020 or as a result of tier 3 restrictions imposed on Friday 23 October 2020 is shown below at

1. Local restrictions support grant (closed businesses)

 

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, will be published during the next week at

2. Additional Restrictions Grant

 

The information regarding the grant scheme for businesses that are not legally required to close but are severely impacted by the restrictions under tiers 2 and 3 (backdated to 5 August 2020) is shown below at 

3. Local restrictions support grant (open businesses)

 

If your business has been required to close you only need to complete the application form once. Eligibility for both grants will be assessed at the same time. If you have already applied for the closed grant, you do not need to apply again.

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. Details about additional schemes will be published shortly

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 local restrictions.

How much is the grant?

The rate of payment for eligible businesses during national closure will be:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under - £1,334 per four weeks
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k - £2,000 per four weeks
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over - £3,000 per four weeks

A pro-rata payment will be made for businesses that were also required to close from 23 October 2020

If you are approved for the local restrictions support grant (closed) you will automatically be assessed for the local restrictions support grant (open), when that scheme opens and will not need to re-apply.

Exclusions to local restrictions support grant (closed businesses)

  • 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.

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2. Additional restrictions grant

Funding is being provided to council's to develop a discretionary grant scheme to help those businesses which, while not legally forced to close, are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of covid-19.

Details about Bolton’s scheme will be published here once it has been approved.

3. Local restrictions support grant (open businesses)

This strand of support was announced by the government "to help kickstart recovery for businesses that are not legally required to close but are severely impacted by the restrictions under tiers 2 and 3". This scheme is retrospective, applying from 5 August 2020.

Funding has been provided to council's to develop a discretionary scheme to support businesses in their local economies that have been severely impacted and has been calculated using valuation office agency data on the number of hospitality, accommodation and leisure businesses in the Bolton area. The government expects the funding to be targeted at hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure businesses.

Who is eligible for this grant?

Eligibility will mirror the way funding has been provided and will be targeted at hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure businesses with a business rates account. Should funding remain after the initial applications have been processed we will either look to extend the scheme to other businesses or carry a surplus forward to be used in the open scheme from 3 December 2020 if we remain in tier 2 or higher at this date.

How much is the grant?

The rate of payment for eligible businesses from 5 August 2020 will be:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under - £934 per four weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k - £1,400 per four weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over - £2,100 per four weeks.

Please note – should your business become eligible for a tier 3 (closed) or national (closed) payment this replaces the open payment from that date.

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

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

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