Applications for business support grants

Business grants during lockdown and Tier 4 restrictions

The council has set up one application portal for businesses to apply for the grants they are entitled to.

You only need to apply once.

This application will be used to work out all your grant entitlements from 1 November onwards.

If you haven’t applied yet for a grant, you can still apply for the grants listed below.

Please note the closing dates for applying:

  • 31 March for Local Restriction Support (LRSG) and Tier grants for the period up to 15 February
  • 31 May for LRSG and Tier grants for the period 16 February to 31 March

If you wish to apply for a discretionary (additional restrictions) grant please apply as soon as possible as funds are limited.

New grants for taxi drivers and childcare providers

A new discretionary grant is available for taxi drivers licensed in the city that have been significantly affected by the government restrictions.

Taxi drivers can claim one-off grants of £400. Read about this additional restrictions grant in the applicants’ guide.

Apply for a COVID-19 taxi grant.

The childcare provider scheme is for Ofsted registered early years and school-age providers whose businesses have been severely affected by the pandemic because of fewer children attending their care.

There are 2 types of grants available: £3,000 for providers with specific business premises and high fixed costs and £750 for licensed providers without business premises but with other fixed costs. Read about and apply for this additional restrictions grant in the applicants’ guide.

The closing date for these grants is 31 March, 2021.

Restart grant fund

The government has announced a restart grant fund to support shops (non-essential retail), personal care businesses such as hairdressers and beauty salons, restaurants and pubs, accommodation, and leisure.

We are awaiting details of these grants which are expected to take effect in April.

The government’s budget announcement indicated that non-essential retail could receive grants of up to £6,000 and hospitality, leisure and businesses that open later in May up to £18,000, depending on the rateable value of their properties.

We are also expecting to receive an additional small award to continue our discretionary additional restrictions grant.

Further information will be posted on our webpage when it is available.


We have paid £42.28 million so far and are on target to make payments to all successful applicants of the main grants by 31 March.

Who can apply

We’ve summarised the different grants that are available below. There are more details about each grant in the applicants guide. If you're not sure whether you should receive a grant, please apply and we'll assess your claim. From this one application we'll work out what you are entitled to.

Encouraging businesses to apply

We've emailed over 3,000 businesses that are likely to be eligible for at least one of the grants, but we also know many other businesses are entitled to a grant. Please read the information on this page even if we haven't contacted you.

We understand that the range of grants can be confusing. 

We've created a guide to help businesses understand what may be available. 

Read the full guidance to help you correctly fill in the application so we can work out the grant, or combinations of grants you are entitled to and make payment as soon as possible.

Local Restriction Support Grant (Sector)

This grant is available from 1 November and is for businesses that have been fully closed since 23 March 2020, such as nightclubs.

From 5 November 2020 to 1 December 2020 – second lockdown

Many businesses had their trade restricted during this period.

The main government grant during this period is for businesses who pay business rates and is called the Local Restriction Support Grant (closed). Despite the title, you can get an award even if your business was not fully closed, so please read the guidance. If you are not sure, please make an application and we will do the rest and assess your claim.

A full 4 week payment will be made for this period even though it was only 27 days.

In addition to the ‘closed’ grant the council has a discretionary grant called the Additional Restricted Grant. 

For the lockdown period, the Additional Restriction Grant is mostly being used to support businesses that are not eligible for the main grants because they don’t pay business rates but have similar circumstances. Businesses that don’t have a business premises or who pay business rates to a landlord can also apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant.

Some rate paying  businesses who just miss out on qualifying for a ‘closed’ grant despite suffering hardship may also receive support.

The closing date for this grant is 31 March 2021.

Tier 2 from 2 to 25 December 2020 

Most retail businesses started trading more fully and were no longer entitled to a ‘closed’ grant. However, many businesses in hospitality, accommodation and leisure will be entitled to a Local Restriction Support Grant (open) to support them for this period.

Non- essential retail businesses will not be eligible for support during this period.

Some businesses, such as bars and pubs not serving food, that are unable to open because of the tier 2 restrictions may still be entitled to ‘closed’ grant awards.

We've also spent more of our discretionary Additional Restriction Grant on local ‘top up’ grants for businesses on top of the government grants.

The closing date for this grant is 31 March 2021.

Tier 4 from 26 December 2020 to 4 January 2021

In tier 4, hospitality, leisure, accommodation and tourism businesses, non-essential retail and beauty service businesses were required to close.

This is the same set of businesses that had to close during the lockdown between 5 November and 1 December 2020.

Businesses that have successfully applied for LRSG (closed) grants for the second lockdown period will receive the same payment level pro rata during tier 4.

The closing date for this grant is 31 March 2021.

Third lockdown from 5 January to 15 February 2021

The payments in tier 4 will continue in lockdown.

The closing date for this grant is 31 March 2021. 

There is also a ‘Closed Business Lockdown Payment’ for this period.   

This will be an additional one-off amount on top of  the LRSG (closed) payments.

Businesses that received an Additional Restriction Grant for the November lockdown will receive an additional payment for this period.

Extension of third lockdown from 16 February to 31 March 2021

Payments  of LRSG(closed) grants for this extended period will be made on the same basis  as the previous period but there will be no further Closed Business Lockdown Payment. The closing date for this grant period is 31 May 2021.

Businesses that received an Additional Restriction Grant for the November lockdown will receive an additional payment for this period.

Get more advice before you apply

For more information on what grants are available, go to our frequently asked questions page

How to apply

You only need to make one main application. 

Please read the applicant’s guide before you start.

This will help you provide us with the right information. It includes details about which documents you need to complete the form.

You will not be able to save and return to your main application once you have started.

When you complete your application, you will be given a reference number. This confirms that we have received your application and that it will be reviewed. Please keep a note of the reference number.

When you have read the applicant's guide and are ready, please fill in the online application form.

Apply now

Previous support for small businesses

For the first lockdown in the spring of 2020 we distributed more than £69 million in small business grants to over 5,100 businesses in Brighton & Hove. Around 300 businesses not eligible for these have also benefited from discretionary grants of up to £25,000.

In addition, 2,700 businesses did not have to pay business rates this financial year. This amounts to £68 million of rates that local businesses did not have to pay and provide significant direct support for small businesses in the city.

Business rates relief

In the budget announcement on 3 March the government indicated that eligible retail, hospitality and leisure properties as well as nurseries will continue to receive business rates relief until 30 June, followed by 66% relief from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022.

We are waiting for more details on the criteria for which businesses can access business rates relief from 1 April and will publish details when they are available.

Business rates enquiries

View our business rates pages to make an enquiry about business rates.

To help us follow up your enquiry more quickly, please include your Business Rates account number, if you have one.  This is the 8-digit number on the top right of your Business Rates bill.

Other support for business

Check government support for businesses on GOV.UK.

Find out more about Coronavirus Job Retention (furlough) Scheme which has been extended until the end of September, and income support for self-employed people.

Other government support includes reduced VAT rates for hospitality, accommodation and attractions and a new recovery loan scheme to support businesses as they grow and recover from the pandemic .

We have more information for retail and hospitality businesses and cultural sector and tourism on the Coronavirus section of our website.

VisitBrighton has created a business support hub for local businesses.

CoasttoCapital is a resource for businesses in our region.

The Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership would like to hear from businesses about their concerns so they can share with local and national government.

Contact the Brighton & Hove BIPC for free business advice, help and information.

Keeping safe

Find advice on cleaning and disinfection for businesses. The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health have made a video guide to hand washing.

Businesses can also download and print a coronavirus poster to display within their work spaces.

All businesses must put controls in place and ensure staff and customers keep to physical distancing of at least two metres between each person.

The government has issued guidance to assist employers and businesses about how to work safely in different types of businesses.

Beware of scams

There are scams involving emails appearing to come from GOV.UK about government business grants.

If you receive an email like this please delete it and do not reply.

Emails from the council will be sent from an '' address. Do not respond to any emails that do not have such an address.