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Restrictions support grants for businesses

How grant payments are made

We are expecting a high volume of claims for this grant. We will be clearing claims as quickly as possible and in date order.

We aim to validate claims within 14 days of receipt of all information required.

What happens next

We’ll send you an email to confirm we have received your claim. We will keep in contact with you by text message or email.

Our service partners, Liberata, will be validating your claim and evidence. Watch out for an email address from liberata.com. This address is safe and trusted.

Liberata may also contact you, by phone or email, to clarify a point or to request further evidence.

Payments

The grant payment is payable to the business ratepayer. We will transfer the funds directly into the nominated bank account listed on your application. We will process the payment the day after you receive your notification of award email.

This funding will be provided on a rolling 14-day basis for as long as restrictions apply.

Please note, the final day that we will accept claims for the LRSG(Closed) addendum, LRSG (Closed), LRSG (Open) and ARG grants is 31 March 2021 and we will pay approved awards before the end of April 2021.

Subsidy Control (Formerly State Aid)

The new domestic subsidy allowance for COVID-19 business support grants took effect on 4 March 2021. Applications made prior to that date are subject to the previous EU State Aid rules.

From 4 March 2021, the following scheme rules are to be applied to COVID-19 business grants on the basis of the EU-UK Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA).

This new scheme is covered by three subsidy allowances:

Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance

Grants may be paid in accordance with Article 3.2(4) of the TCA, which enables an applicant to receive up to a maximum level of subsidy without engaging Chapter 3 of the TCA. You’re allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of three years (€200,000 under previous State Aid rules).

COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance

Where the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance has been reached, grants may be paid in compliance with the Principles set out in Article 3.4 of the TCA and in compliance with Article 3.2(3) of the TCA under the COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance (subsidies granted on a temporary basis to respond to a national or global economic emergency). For the purposes of these scheme rules, this allowance is £1,600,000 (€800,000 under previous State Aid rules).

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. This is subject to a number of conditions and you will need to provide additional evidence to receive further grant funding.

By accepting these grants you are confirming that your business will not exceed the relevant threshold detailed above, over a three-year period.

Further detail on state aid can be found below: