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Local Restrictions Support Grants

On 9 September 2020, the government announced there would be further funding to support businesses that are required to close due to localised restrictions. This scheme is known as Local Restrictions Support Grants (open).

In addition, on 9 October 2020 the Government announced there would be funding to support businesses that had been required to close on a national basis since 23 March 2020.

These include nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques. The scheme start date is 1 November 2020, this can not be backdated. This scheme is known as Local Restrictions Support Grants (Sector).

When national restrictions are imposed, the Local Restrictions Support Grants (open) and Local Restrictions Support Grants (Sector) will cease to apply and the Local Restrictions Support Grants (closed) will be launched. The start date for the current national restrictions is 5 November 2020.

The funding for LRSG (closed) will be provided on a rolling 28-day basis for as long as national restrictions apply.

If we have contacted you to advise you may qualify for the local restrictions support grant and you do not wish to claim, please complete questions 1-3 on the form to opt out.

Please note, the names of the grants - Local Restrictions Support Grants (open) and Local Restrictions Support Grants (closed) - are not an indication of whether applications are still being accepted.

Who can qualify?

Businesses that are:

  • liable for business rates, and
  • were open as usual and providing in-person services to customers from the business premises the day before lockdown was imposed, and
  • required to close by law

Please visit this page to see if your business is required to close by law: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/closing-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england

What can you do if you do not qualify for LRSG (closed)

If you do not pay rates for your business premises or are a ratepayer and you have not be required to close by law but your business has been adversely impacted by the pandemic you may qualify for Additional Restrictions Support.

You can find out more about this scheme here: folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/additional-restrictions-grant

The funding thresholds

a. Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the widespread national restrictions will receive a payment of £1,334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.

b. Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the widespread national restrictions will receive a payment of £2,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.

c. Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the widespread national restrictions, will receive £3,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.

The government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud

Any business caught falsifying its records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.

The council will be carrying out spot checks on businesses that have claimed the grant to ensure they are closed.

How to apply for Local Restrictions Support Grants (closed)

We will be prioritising complete forms in the first instance. Therefore, please ensure you supply the requested information in full - including previous state aid received to avoid a delay in processing your grant payment.

The online application form for Local Restrictions Support Grants (closed) can be accessed by clicking here.

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