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Local Restrictions Support Grants

Following both national and local restrictions, the government has provided grant funding to support businesses who have been required to close and those that have remained open but have been severely impacted.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) Addendum Scheme 

Following the introduction of Tier 4 restrictions from Thursday 31 December 2020 and national lockdown from Tuesday 5 January 2021, businesses in the BCP Council area that have been required to close will receive Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) Addendum (LRSG) funding. This now supersedes the LRSG Closed scheme and the Open and Sector grants will cease to apply until further notice.

The LRSG (closed) Addendum is a mandatory grant aimed at helping businesses on the ratings list that are required to close during periods of local or national restrictions.

The amount of grant support that may be awarded is dependent on the rateable value of each business.

  • properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under – grants of £667 per 14 days of closure
  • properties with a rateable value over £15,000 and below £51,000 – grants of £1,000 per 14 days of closure
  • properties with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 and over – grants of £1,500 per 14 days of closure.

If you received a LRSG payment for November’s lockdown you will not need to apply as payments will be issued automatically. The first payment will cover the initial 6 weeks of lockdown. However, if you were mandated to close in November and have not yet claimed for this grant, you will need to complete the application form below.

If your business is in Bournemouth

If your business is in Christchurch or Poole

Business Support Package for January lockdown (Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment)

The Business Support Package for January lockdown (the Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment) is a one-off top up grant to support businesses that are mandated to close from 5 January 2021 due to the introduction of national restrictions. This grant is in addition to the LRSG (closed) Addendum.

The qualifying criteria is the same as the LRSG (closed) Addendum 5 January onwards. Businesses that are eligible are those mandated to close by the government and include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

The following grant payments will be made for eligible businesses:

  • businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 5 January 2021 will receive £4,000
  • businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of £15,001 and less than £51,000 on 5 January 2021 will receive £6,000
  • businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on 5 January 2021 will receive £9,000.

You do not need to apply for this grant. Eligibility will be determined from applications for the LRSG (closed) Addendum.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (open)

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (open) is a discretionary scheme that will provide financial support to BCP businesses in the hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure sectors affected by the Tier 2 local restrictions from 2 December 2020 to 30 December 2020. 

Following Tier 4 restrictions from 31 December this scheme does not apply, please see the Closed Addendum scheme. You may still apply for the preceding period of restrictions. 

The following grant payments will be made for eligible businesses:

  • grants of up to £467 per 14 day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions
  • grants of up to £700 per 14 day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions
  • grants of up to £1,050 per 14 day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.

Businesses that are eligible but do not have a rateable value attributable to their trading premises will be entitled to grants at the lower rate of £467 per 14 day period.

Please read the Local Restrictions Support Grant (open) for full details.

If your business is in Bournemouth

If your business is in Christchurch or Poole

Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed)

This scheme is for businesses occupying premises shown in the local rating list on the date of the first full day of local restrictions that were open as usual and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises and then required to close. This scheme is for the local restrictions that were in effect between 2 December 2020 and 30 December 2020. As the local restrictions followed national lockdown measures, requiring the extended closure of eligible businesses, it is accepted that those businesses are still trading. You may still apply for the preceding period of restrictions.

Following Tier 4 restrictions from 31 December, please see the Closed Addendum scheme.

This scheme will mainly apply to pubs and bars, unless operating as restaurants.

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

  • rateable value £15,000 and under, £667 per 14 day qualifying restriction period
  • rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, £1,000 per 14 day qualifying restriction period
  • rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above, £1,500 per 14 day qualifying restriction period.

Please read the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) for full details.

If your business is in Bournemouth

If your business is in Christchurch or Poole

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

This scheme provides for a one-off payment of £1,000 to wet-led pubs where Tier 2 or Tier 3 local restrictions are in place for all or part of the period between 2 and 29 December 2020 and can be paid in addition to the other grants available. Wet-led pubs are those which predominantly serve alcohol rather than provide food.

In order to qualify for the additional grant, you:

  • must derive less than 50% of your income from food sales
  • would have been trading on 30 November 2020 if the national lockdown was not in place
  • must show as the ratepayer in our records, for the property as at 1 December 2020. 

Please read the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs for full details. 

This scheme closed on 29 December 2020 and applications must be received by 31 January 2021.

If your business is in Bournemouth

If your business is in Christchurch or Poole

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

This is a mandatory grant which, in BCP, is applicable for the period from 1 November to 4 November 2020 and then from 2 December to 30 December 2020.  

The grant is intended to support businesses that have been required to close nationally since 23 March 2020. It may also cover any new national closures of business property types in future, such business are:

  • nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques
  • adult entertainment venues and hostess bars.

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

  • rateable value £15,000 and under, £667 per 14 day qualifying restriction period
  • rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, £1,000 per 14 day qualifying restriction period
  • rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above, £1,500 per 14 day qualifying restriction period.

This grant will be paid automatically to eligible businesses for the qualifying periods, based on applications made for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) Addendum.

If you have not received this grant and think that you might be eligible, please contact the Business Rates Team.

Please read the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) for full details.

Additional Restrictions Grant

There is also discretionary support for businesses that do not have a business rates account and for businesses that are not required to close but are severely impacted by the mandated closures.