This is a one off grant to support businesses:

  • that offer in-person services
  • where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises
  • in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors

 

A key factor for entitlement is whether there is an element of service provision that requires social mixing. There is more detail on this below as some sectors are specifically excluded.

Who qualifies?

For businesses to be eligible they have to be trading and be a rate payer on 30 December 2021 – a business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity. We consider that this means the business should be carrying out a trade or profession or buying and selling foods or services in order to generate turnover.

Fully constituted businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible under these conditions.

This grant is purely for businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.

Hospitality

To qualify, the business’s main function must be to provide a venue for the consumption of food and drink (establishments with over 50% of their income derived from take-aways will not qualify)

Leisure

For the purposes of this scheme, a leisure business can be defined as a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out.

So this is any businesses that provide in person experiences in addition to goods. They may operate irregular hours and at weekends

Gyms and sports clubs do not qualify under this scheme.

  • The definition of a leisure business should exclude gyms and sports businesses where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis. This refers to gyms and sports businesses including dance and fitness studios; sports centres and clubs; sports courts; swimming pools and golf courses. This list is not exhaustive.
  • It is up to the local authority to determine whether gyms and sports businesses with bars or other social spaces are eligible.  Where both services are provided, the authority will need to see evidence that the bar / social space is the primary activity of the club.

Retail businesses, coach tour operators and tour operators do not qualify under this scheme

Accommodation

For the purposes of this scheme, an accommodation business can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel or other purposes The business must provide “away from home stays” for work or leisure purposes on a short term basis.

This will not include private dwellings, education establishments, residential or care homes etc.

Other Non-Qualifying Factors

 Businesses that are not within the ratings system.

Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.

Please see the separate page on subsidy allowance.

It will be up to each individual business to determine whether or not they will breach the limits by claiming this grant, though the authority will require a declaration from businesses where the authority thinks there is a chance that the levels may be breached.

Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

How much grant will be paid?

The grant is a one of payment as follows:

Rateable Value on 30th December 2021

Value of Grant

Exactly £15,000 or under

£2,667

Over £15,000 and less than £51,000

£4,000

Exactly £51,000 or over

£6,000

How will grant be paid?

We must receive a completed application form.

We must carry out prepayment checks before payments are released to verify information provided in the form.

Timescales

The scheme ends on 18/03/2022 – so all prepayment checks must be completed and claims refunded through the system by this date.

This means we will stop receiving applications from Friday 25 February 2022. This is so we can make sure we pay all cases by this absolute deadline.

If requested information is not received in time we will not be able to make an award.

How to apply

The authority will need to verify that businesses are trading on 30 December and they are part of a qualifying sector. It is crucial that all the information is supplied with the form. Requesting further information will delay payment.

If the form is not processed by 18 March 2022 for whatever reason (including delays on the authority’s part) no grant will be awarded.

Further details as to whether you may qualify for this grant can be found here.

 This page is subject to change and will be updated based on any updated based on any further guidance published by the Government.