COVID-19 Business Grants

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) 05/01/21

This payment has been extended to 42 days from 05/01/21 rather than the 14 day payment cycle in tiers.
 
Businesses that are eligible are those that have been mandated to close by Government and include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.
 
The following thresholds apply to LRSG (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards:
 
a) Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the widespread national restrictions will receive a payment of £2,001 per 42-day qualifying restriction period.
 
b) Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the widespread national restrictions will receive a payment of £3,000 per 42-day qualifying restriction period.
 
c) Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the widespread national restrictions, will receive £4,500 per 42-day qualifying restriction period.

Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment

The Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment will be provided as a one-off payment.
 
The following funding thresholds apply to the Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment:
 
a) Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the widespread national restrictions will receive a payment of £4,000.
 
b) Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the widespread national restrictions will receive a payment of £6,000.
 
c) Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the or above on the commencement date of the widespread national restrictions, will receive £9,000.
 
Eligible businesses will received the two scheme payments together automatically without the need for an application (provided they have received funding during the November/December restrictions). 
If any qualifying businesses does not wish to receive the combined grants please notify the Local Authority via email: revenues@surreyheath.gov.uk
 
 
The grants shown below are available to businesses in Surrey Heath as we were in Tier 2, then Tier 3 and then from 19 December 2020 Tier 4. The grant that applies to your business will depend on certain factors:

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)

This grant is available to businesses in the hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast and leisure sectors or whose main business is to supply the hospitality sector that are still open but severely impacted by Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions. Businesses must have been trading the day before local restrictions came into force to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme. Funding will be payable for restrictions beginning 2 December 2020 and eligibility is based on a 14-day cycle. The level of funding available is:-
 
Grants of up to £467 per 14-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.
 
Grants of up to £700 per 14-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.
 
Grants of up to £1,050 per 14-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.
 
Please note that eligibility for this grant is not determined by whether a business occupies property or pays property costs. Surrey Heath has discretion to award a grant to any business severely impacted by local restrictions.
 
One application for a grant is needed and if Surrey Heath remains in Tier 2 or Tier 3 regular 14 day payments will be made. As Surrey Heath is now in Tier 4 Local Restrictions Support Grants (open) will be paid to 18 December 2020 to be replaced from 19 December 2020 by Local Restrictions support Grants (closed) (addendum)
 
Please email revenues@surreyheath.gov.uk if you are an affected business, not already getting the a grant payment and we will explain the application process to you.
 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)(Addendum)

On October 31st, the Government announced there would be further funding to support businesses that are required to close due to local or national restrictions being put in place to manage coronavirus and save lives. This scheme remains open for applications  for both the 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 lockdown period and from 19 December 2020 when Surrey Heath entered Tier 4 . For applications for the Tier 4 period from 19 December 2020 regular 14 day payments will be made to qualifying businesses.
 
This support will take the form of a grant funding scheme.
 
Eligible businesses will receive a grant of up to £3000 for each eligible business premise for each four-week period that the restrictions are imposed.
 
Occupied businesses on the local rating list with a rateable value £15,000 or less grants to be £1,334 per month, or £667 per two weeks
 
Occupied businesses on the local rating list with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000 grants to be £2,000 per month, or £1,000 per two weeks.
 
Occupied businesses on the local rating list with a rateable value of £51,000 or over grants to be £3,000 per month, or £1,500 per two weeks.
 
 
 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

Available from 2 December 2020 to 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 as a result of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 will be eligible for this funding. This funding is only available for businesses required to close due to restrictions that had their first full day of restrictions on or after the 9 September. It is not retrospective.  
 
To qualify for this grant in addition to the above the business must have a business rate liability. The grant levels are:
 
Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £667 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
 
Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £1,000 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
 
Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the local restrictions, will receive £1,500 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
 
One application for a grant is needed and if Surrey Heath remains in Tier 2 or Tier 3 regular 14 day payments will be made. As Surrey Heath is now in Tier 4 Local Restrictions Support Grants (open) will be paid to 18 December 2020 to be replaced from 19 December 2020 by Local Restrictions Support Grants (closed) (addendum). If you were already receiving this grant no new application is needed to claim the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed)(addendum).
 
 

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

There is no definitive description of a traditional pub or public house in law. For the purposes of this grant, pubs should under normal circumstances (without local or national restrictions) be described as: open to the general public, allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided, allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed and permit drinks to be purchased at a bar.
 
Applications for this grant must be received by Surrey Heath by 31 January 2021.
 
The grant is flat rate £1000.
 
Pubs that derive over 50% of their income from food sales will not be eligible to receive funding through this grant scheme.  Surrey Heath may request that pubs provide accounting evidence that they derive under 50% of their income from food sales to determine that the pub is wet-led. These accounts should be dated no later than 11 March 2020 (covering a period when trade was not affected by Covid-19).
 
Please email revenues@surreyheath.gov.uk if you consider you are a wet-led pub not already getting the a grant payment and we will explain the application process to you.
 

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

Surrey Heath will provide a two phased grant scheme to support businesses in Surrey Heath in line with the Additional Restrictions Grant funding scheme announced by HM Government following the decision to go into a second national lockdown. 

ARG Grants Phase One 

This is available to those businesses under Tier 4 Restrictions who have been forced to close and do not pay business rates.
 
This scheme will be open throughout Tier 4 Restrictions and if a further Lockdown is announced.
 
 

ARG Grants Phase Two

Detail of eligibility criteria for the Phase 2 grants will be shared soon.  These grants will be for businesses still trading within the national restrictions but who have been financially impacted by loss of trade.