Coronavirus Restart Grant

We have not yet received the Restart Grant funding from Government, as such we cannot award any Restart Grants to businesses yet. We expect to receive it by mid April.

However, we have launched the online application process so that we can start to make payments as soon as we receive the funding from Government.

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses with a business rates account in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. 

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if it is:
  • based in England
  • rate-paying
  • in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care or gym sectors 
  • trading on 1 April 2021. For the purposes of this grant scheme, a business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity. This should be interpreted as carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover.
Sector definitions for the purposes of this scheme are: 
  • Non-essential retail definition: a business that is open to the public and is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public. 
  • Hospitality definition: a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink. 
  • Leisure definition: a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming. 
  • Accommodation definition: a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes. 
  • Gym & Sport definition: a commercial establishment where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis, using exercise equipment or open floor space with or without instruction, or where individual and group sporting, athletic and physical activities are participated in competitively or recreationally. 
  • Personal care definition: a business which provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing.
A list of eligible businesses can be found at  Annex C of the Restart Grant Guidance Notes

Businesses excluded from the fund

You cannot get funding if your business:
  • is in administration, insolvent or has been struck off the Companies House register
  • has exceeded the permitted Subsidy Allowance

Subsidy Allowance (previously referred to as State Aid)

This scheme is covered by 3 subsidy allowances:
  • Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance – you’re allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of 3 years
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance – you’re allowed up to £1,600,000
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance - if you have reached your limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £9,000,000, provided certain conditions are met.
Grants under these 3 allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £10,935,000 (subject to exchange rates).

How much funding will be provided to businesses?

The Restart Grant is a one-off grant. 
 
Non-essential retail premises:
  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667. 
  • Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000. 
  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000. 
Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises:
  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000.
  • Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000. 
  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000.

Grant income received by a business is taxable. The Restart Grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.

How to apply

If you have already received the COVID-19 Business Support Grants: Tier 4, National Lockdown 5th January – 15th February 2021 and Closed Business Lockdown Payment Grants, we need you to confirm that you are still eligible for the grant.
 
If your details have changed, or your business circumstances have changed (for example, your business has permanently closed, has gone into administration, become insolvent or had a striking-off notice, or the business has reached Subsidy Allowance limits), please email covid19businessgrants@eastcambs.gov.uk
 
If you did not receive the Tier 4, National Lockdown 5th January – 15th February 2021 and Closed Business Lockdown Payment Grant please email your business name, business address and your business rates account number to covid19businessgrants@eastcambs.gov.uk  and we will send you an application form. 
 
Government have requested that we collect certain information about your business as part of the application process. This now includes your business Standard Industrial Classification (SIC). 
If you have reached the Subsidy Allowance Limit and wish to apply for COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance you must submit the evidence required to demonstrate you are eligible with your application. 

The closing date for applications is 30 June 2021