COVID-19 Support for Businesses

The government is providing funding to local authorities to enable us to support businesses through the Coronavirus pandemic. A number of grant schemes are now available for payment.


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Restart Grants

On 3 March 2021, the Government announced the introduction of grant support with effect from 1 April 2021 for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England. This support will take the form of a one-off grant payment in 2021-2022. The scheme is called the Restart Grant and is administered by business rate billing authorities in England.

The primary principle of the Restart Grant scheme is to support businesses that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the relevant sectors.

For further details and a link to the Government guidance, please see the section below on Restart Grants. The application form is now live for this scheme, please see below.

Restart Grant Application Form

Please note you will need the following information to apply for the grant:

  • Business Rates reference number
  • PDF copy of your most recent bank statement

Governement funding was not received until 6 April. Due to pre-payment checks which have been demanded by Government on these grants it may take up to 14 working days to process payments. If your circumstances are urgent then please contact the Business Rates team who will endeavour to process your payment as quickly as possible.


Local Restrictions Support Grant Schemes

Please note that the majority of these schemes are due to end on 31 March 2021. This includes all grant payments up to and including the first for the January lockdown scheme from 5 January to 15 February. If you still intend to apply for one of these grants then your complete application must be received by this date.

Applications for the second instalment, in respect of the period 16 February to 31 March, can still be made up to 31 May 2021.

For further details please see the relevant grant below.


Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) - post-15 February 2021

On 25 February we emailed those businesses that had already received the first grant payment for the third national lockdown (i.e. 5 Jan onwards). This email informed businesses that the second payment, in respect of the 44 days from 16 February to 31 March, would be paid to businesses still within the scope of this grant on Wednesday 3 March. Payments direct to all bank accounts would be received within 48 hours of this payment.

If you were in receipt of a grant in respect of this lockdown which began on 5 January, but have not heard from us, then please contact the council at businessrates@winchester.gov.uk

Please note that new businesses that commenced trading after the 4 January do not qualify for these grants.


For further details on all grant schemes please see the relevant section(s) below:

 

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