Restart grant fund
Applications for the restart grant are now open.
The government’s restart grant scheme is for:
- shops - non-essential retail
- personal care businesses such as hairdressers and beauty salons
- restaurants and pubs
It aims to support businesses in reopening safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
If you have applied previously for a grant, you will be able to complete and submit an additional form from your existing applications. One-off grant payments will be available for the period 1 April until 30 June 2021.
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.
Check our applicants’ guide to see if you are eligible and how to apply.
Additional Restrictions Grant from 1 April
Discretionary (Additional Restriction Grants (ARG) grants) will be paid to businesses that have received ARG payments through the second and third lockdowns. This will ensure they continue to get top up payments to support them to re-open.
Grants will be available from 1 April to 30 June.
Applications for business support grants up to 31 March
You can no longer apply for the following grants (the deadline of 31 March was set by the government):
- Local Restriction Support Grant (closed) for the period up to 15 February
- Local Restriction Support Grant (open)
- Local Restriction Support Grant (sector)
- Additional Restriction Grant,, including taxi driver and childcare provider schemes
We are processing outstanding applications and aim to pay these by 30 April.
Christmas support payments closed at the end of February and payments were made by 31 March 2021.
LRSG (Closed) Grant from 16 February to 31 March 2021
Payments of LRSG (closed) grants for this 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 applications 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.
We have paid £44.64million so far and are on target to make payments to all successful applicants of the main grants.
New government guidelines state that we have to submit two separate pre-payment checks before issuing payment for the latest grants which run from 1 April.
We are pleased to confirm that the first checks have now come back and we’ve made payments to almost 1,000 businesses on 12 May, with more payments to follow.
We’d like to thank businesses for their patience as we work through all the assessments and checks that we have to do before we can make payments.
Existing applications to the Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) for periods between 5 November 2020 and 31 March 2021
We are largely up to date with existing applications, with the exception of those which require further review by our team. If you have an existing application which isn’t yet resolved, we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.
The government has extended the deadline to 15 May 2021 for all payments covering periods up to 15 February 2021 and we are working hard to ensure all reviews are completed by this point.
Please note that 12 May is the deadline for sending us information for grant payments covering this period.
If you receive a communication from us asking for information, please respond now. We have contacted all affected businesses and are making a further appeal so that we can pay any outstanding grants by 15 May.
It is important we get the information by the end of 12 May so we can process the payment to go out in time. The government deadline means we will not be able to make payments for these grants after 15 May.
The deadline does not affect discretionary (Additional Restriction ARG) grants.
How to apply
If you have already applied for the Local Restriction Support Grants, then all you will need to do is sign back in and add a Restart Grant form to your existing application.
New applicants will need to complete the main form first and then add the Restart Grant form.
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.
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 last 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 announced a 3 month full discount for eligible retail, hospitality and leisure businesses as well as nurseries.
This will be followed by a 66% discount (subject to state aid) from 1 July 2021 with a capped value of either £105,000 or £2 million depending on whether you were legally allowed to open during the national lockdown starting 5 January 2021.
This scheme will run for one year from April 2021. This discount will be applied to the bill after the application of any reliefs, excluding any local discounts.
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.
We have more information for retail and hospitality businesses and cultural sector and tourism on the Coronavirus section of our website.
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.
The government has issued guidance to assist employers and businesses about how to work safely in different types of businesses.
Beware of scams
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