New COVID support grants for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses

7th January 2021

In light of the new lockdown measures, the Chancellor has announced £4.6 billion in new COVID support grants for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses which will remain closed until at least mid-February. Read on to find out about the grants, including eligibility criteria and how to apply.

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Top-up COVID support grants

Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses will be provided with a one-off grant of up to £9,000 per property. The grant level is based on the rateable value of the business and will be granted as follows:

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

Any business with a physical property which is legally required to close as a result of lockdown restrictions and cannot operate effectively remotely is eligible.

As with the previous business grants, the top-up grant will be provided via local authorities. You can check your eligibility and find out where to apply here.

Discretionary Grant Fund

Businesses which are not eligible for a COVID support grant may be able to access an additional £594 million discretionary fund. This is likely to benefit market traders and businesses which trade from home and do not have a rateable property.

Discretionary grant funding will be provided to local authorities who will distribute the grants based on economic need. Information about the discretionary grants is available on North East council areas individual websites. Keep an eye on your local council website for further information on how to apply:

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