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COVID-19 business grants and advice page 1

Help for Businesses during periods of national and local restrictions

In response to the impact that local and national COVID-19 restrictions have had on the economy, the Government has provided Northampton Borough Council grant funding to help businesses which have been most affected.

What grants are available?

  1. Grants for closed businesses
    A) During national restrictions
    B) During local Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4 restrictions
    C) That have been required to remain closed since 23 March 2020
  2. Grants for open businesses in hospitality, accommodation and leisure during local Tier 2 restrictions
  3. Northampton Additional Restrictions Grant (November)
  4. Northampton Additional Restrictions Grant (January)
  5. Christmas support payment for Wet-Led Pubs (closing date for applications for this is 31 January 2021)

Further information on businesses subject to restrictions can be found by visiting the page below.

Businesses subject to restrictions (gov.uk link)

Further information on each of the current schemes available in Northampton and how to apply is provided below.

State Aid
Grant payments count towards state aid.

Payments count towards the total de minimis State aid you're allowed to get over a 3-year period - €200,000. If you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework; visit the link below for more details. The limit for the framework is €800,000.

If you proceed to make an application we will ask you to complete a declaration confirming that you will not exceed the relevant State aid threshold.

COVID-19 Temporary Framework

Tax implications
Grant income received by a business is taxable and will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.

Grants for closed businesses

National Restrictions Closures

Eligibility

Businesses that are eligible are those that have been required to close by Government during the period of national restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020 and 5 January to 15 February 2021 and include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

Grants are available to cover the 4-week period from 5 November to 2 December 2020 and six week period from 5 January to 15 February 2021 for each eligible business. The grant amounts will be fixed. Businesses with more than one qualifying property will receive more than one grant. The business must be the named ratepayer on the Business Rates bill.

A further one-off payment, Closed Business Lockdown payment, will be included with the grant for the period 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021.

Your business may be eligible if it:

  • occupies property on which it pays business rates, and
  • it was open and trading prior to any local restrictions or national lockdown period
  • has been required to close during the national lockdown, or has adapted their business to offer Takeaway or 'Click and Collect' products (see below)

It has been agreed that business who have subsequently adapted their business to offer Takeaways and 'Click and Collect' products will be eligible for this scheme. This is because their substantive business has had to close. This will include, for example, a restaurant who can no longer receive seated guests but has instead moved towards providing takeaway food collection or deliveries.

The rate of payment for eligibles businesses will be:

  5 November to 2 December 2020 5 January to 15 February 2021
for properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or less £1,334

£6,001

(£2,001 grant plus £4,000 lockdown payment)

for properties with a rateable value of more than £15,000 and below £51,000 £2,000

£9,000

(£3,000 grant plus £6,000 lockdown payment)

for properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over £3,000

£13,500

(£4,500 grant plus £9,000 lockdown payment)

Exclusions
This grant will not be paid to the following:

  • businesses who have been able to stay open because they have not been required to close
  • businesses whose substantive business is a take away
  • businesses that are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors)
  • businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant. This includes business premises which were already closed directly before the restrictions were imposed
  • businesses which have already reached the state aid limit (see below)
  • business which are subject to insolvency or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme

To Apply

Visit the Grant Approval Portal at the link below and select the National Restrictions Grant schemes for the restrictions in November and Business Support Package for Lockdown for January 2021 based on the rateable value of your property.

You will need to have the following documents available as minimum to upload to support your application -

  • proof of identity of sole trader (e.g. passport, driving licence) or limited company (document confirming company name, registered address, company number)
  • bank statement confirming name and address of account holder (this must be dated within the last 3 months)
  • evidence of trading on 4 November 2020
  • evidence to confirm property was occupied (e.g. utility bills)

If you experience issues completing the portal link please email [email protected].

Grant Approval Portal

Local Restrictions closures under Tier 2, Tier 3 & Tier 4

Eligibility

Businesses that are eligible are those that have been required to close in Tier 2 Local Restrictions which came into effect on 2 December 2020, Tier 3 on 26 December and then Tier 4 Local Restrictions that came into effect on 31 December 2020.

  Tier 2 - 2 December 2020 to 25 December 2020 Tier 3 - 26 December 2020 to 30 December 2020 Tier 4 - 31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021

for properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under

 

£1,143 £238 £238
for properties with a rateable value of more than £15,000 and below £51,000 £1,714 £357 £357
for properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over £2,750 £625 £625

The grant amounts will be fixed. Businesses with more than one qualifying property will receive more than one grant. The business must be the named ratepayer on the Business Rates bill.

You can receive this grant in addition to a grant covering the period of National Restriction.

Exclusions

This grant will not be paid to the following:

  • businesses who have been able to stay open because they have not been required to close
  • businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant. This includes business premises which were already closed directly before the restrictions were imposed
  • businesses which have already reached the state aid limit (see below)
  • business which are subject to insolvency or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

To Apply

Visit the Grant Approval Portal at the link below and select the Grants for closed businesses scheme based on the rateable value of your property and the period you wish to apply for.

You will need to have the following documents available as minimum to upload to support your application -

  • proof of identity of sole trader (e.g. passport, driving licence) or limited company (document confirming company name, registered address, company number)
  • bank statement confirming name and address of account holder (this must be dated within the last 3 months)
  • evidence of trading on 4 November 2020
  • evidence to confirm property was occupied (e.g. utility bills)

If you experience issues completing the portal link please email [email protected].

Grant Approval Portal

Businesses that have been required to remain closed since 23 March 2020 (Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector))

This is a mandatory grant which is available to eligible businesses when national restrictions are not in force so for the period 1 November to 4 November 2020 and 2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021.

The grant is intended to support businesses that have been required to close nationally since 23 March 2020, such business are:

  • Nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques
  • Adult entertainment venues and hostess bars

The level of grant payment will be dependent on the rateable value of the premises occupied by the business as shown below:

  1 November 2020 to 4 November 2020 2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021
for properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under £191 £1,620
for properties with a rateable value of more than £15,000 and below £51,000 £286 £2,428
for properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over £429 £3,643

The business must be the named ratepayer on the Business Rates bill.

During the period of national restrictions (5 November 2020 to 2 December and 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021) eligible businesses in this category should apply for Grants for Closed Business during national restrictions by visiting the link below.

Grant Approval Portal

Exclusions

This grant will not be paid to the following:

  • businesses who have been able to stay open because they have not been required to close
  • you have re-opened as another type of business (for example, changing a nightclub to a bar)
  • businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant. This includes business premises which were already closed directly before the restrictions were imposed
  • businesses which have already reached the state aid limit
  • business which are subject to insolvency or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

To Apply

Visit the Grant Approval Portal at the link below and select the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) schemes based on the rateable value of your property and the period you wish to apply for.

You will need to have the following documents available as minimum to upload to support your application -

  • proof of identity of sole trader (e.g. passport, driving licence) or limited company (document confirming company name, registered address, company number)
  • bank statement confirming name and address of account holder (this must be dated within the last 3 months)
  • evidence of trading on 4 November 2020
  • evidence to confirm property was occupied (e.g. utility bills)

If you experience issues completing the portal link please email [email protected].

Grant Approval Portal

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