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Covid-19 advice for businesses

COVID-19 business grants and advice page 1

Support for Businesses from 1 April 2021

From 1 April 2021, West Northamptonshire Council is providing the following support to businesses as lockdown restrictions ease:

  1. Restart grants
  2. Additional Restrictions grants
  3. Local Restrictions Grant (2nd Payment cycle)
  4. Contact Us

1. Restart Grants

On 3 March 2021, Government announced the introduction of one-off grant funding scheme from 1 April 2021 to provide support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses 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.

General Eligibility

The Restart Grant scheme is for businesses on the ratings list only.

Businesses must have been trading on 1 April 2021 to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.

Businesses must be involved in one of the following activities:

  • Non-Essential Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Leisure
  • Gym & Sports
  • Personal Care

Further details on which business are included and excluded in each of the above can be found here.

Further exclusions to all grant eligibility

  • Businesses that are not within the ratings system will not be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding (a potential total allowance of £10,935,000 taking into account all grants previously received under the COVID-19 business grants schemes). Further information on subsidy allowance is available here.
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

How much will you receive?

Strand 1 of the Restart Grant will support non-essential retail premises.

The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000

Strand 2 of the Restart Grant will support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business.

The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000

If a business operates services that could be considered non-essential and also fall into another category, such as hospitality in the higher funding threshold, the main service can be determined by assessing which category constitutes 50% or more of their overall business.

The Restart Grant is a one-off payment. The application closure date for this scheme is 30 June 2021 and final payments must be made by 31 July 2021.

To apply for a Restart Grant, click on the relevant link below

Businesses in the former area of Northampton BC:

Northampton BC Grant Approval Portal

Businesses in the former area of Daventry DC:

Daventry DC Grant Approval Portal

Businesses in the former area of South Northants DC

2. Additional Restrictions Grant

West Northamptonshire Council is currently updating its Additional Restrictions Grant scheme and details of the new scheme will be available here once it is finalised.

3. Local Restrictions Grant (2nd payment cycle)

Grant funding remains available until 31 May 2021 for businesses required to close during the National Lockdown from 5 January. Applications are being accepted from new applicants for the 2nd payment cycle (16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021). Businesses who have already received a payment for this period should not re-apply.

This funding is available for businesses that have had to close and receive a rates bill.

The rate of payment for businesses will be:

Period 2 (February 16 to March 31, 44 days)

  • Properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under: £2,096
  • Properties with a rateable value of more than £15,000 and less than £51,000: £3,143
  • Properties with a rateable value or £51,000 or over: £ 4,714

To apply for this grant click on the relevant link below:

Businesses in the former area of Northampton BC:

Northampton BC Grant Approval Portal

Businesses in the former area of Daventry DC:

Daventry DC Grant Approval Portal

Businesses in the former area of South Northants DC

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