How to apply for a Covid-19 business support grant
What is Additional Restriction Grant
The council has been given a £5.8m discretionary fund by the government to use to financially support local businesses on top of the government grant.
The government has issued guidelines to how it can be used. The council has to make the funding last until the end of March so we have to manage it carefully to give support where it is needed now but hold some in reserve for any future lockdowns or period of tier restrictions.
The principles for allocation of these grants were agreed by councillors at the Policy & Resources Recovery Sub-Committee on 13 November 2020.
Additional Restrictions Grant for Lockdown 5 November to 1 December 2020
For the lockdown period we will use some of this funding to support businesses that suffer significant financial losses - but don't qualify for the Local Restrictions Support Grants.
Businesses who are not eligible for the local restrictions support grant (closed or sector) may be able to apply for a discretionary grant.
As with any claim we will always check to see whether you are eligible for any other grants.
We'll use this limited funding, on a first come first served basis. We will run a discretionary grant scheme which is available to businesses based in Brighton & Hove. We'll prioritise awards to business that are not liable for and do not pay business rates, who fall in to one or more of these categories:
- a business premises forced to closed
- a business that supplies retail, leisure, events, personal care, or entertainment venues which can't operate or is severely restricted in its ability to operate during the restrictions period like:
- kitchens supplying a shop or restaurant
- warehouses supplying retail stores,
- a small manufacturer that has lost its orders
- a business without premises, but with high fixed costs linked to assets and or staffing costs
- a business supporting events or festivals with high fixed costs linked to assets and or staffing costs
- language schools with high fixed costs linked to assets and or staffing costs
- a business managing shared workspaces
Grant funding in the period November to December is capped at 50% of the £5.8m received from the government. The other 50% to be allocated for future lockdown periods.
The council retains the discretion to make awards outside of these boundaries where it is deemed appropriate
Businesses that can't apply
The following businesses are not eligible for this fund:
- businesses that can continue to trade and do not need to provide an in-person service from a business premises - for example an accountants or solicitors
- businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework
- businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made
Additional Restrictions Grant for Tier 2 for December 2020
The council had decided to further use some of our discretionary funding to support business sectors that are suffering the most during tier 2 restrictions.
We'll pay businesses receiving Local Restriction Support (closed ) or (sector) or (open) grants for the period 2 December to 25 December 2020 an extra £2,000. This will mostly be funded from the Additional Restrictions Grant fund with a contribution from the Local Restriction Support Grant (open) fund.
Additional Restriction Grant for 2021
On 5 January 2021 the government announced that there would be extra discretionary funding for the third Lockdown period.
We'll update the website with any decisions regarding the distribution of additional discretionary funding to support local business through this period.