Closed for business grants

Is my business eligible?

Closed for business grants are for ‘non-essential’ businesses that are legally required to close under any national lockdown or tiered measures. These include:

  • Non-essential retail (visit the Government website to find out if your business is classed as non-essential)
  • Hospitality (restaurants, pubs, bars, social clubs, cafes canteens etc)
  • Accommodation (hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments etc)
  • Personal care facilities and close contact services
  • Entertainment (bowling alleys etc)
  • Leisure (leisure centres, gyms etc)
  • Other (community centres, places of worship or burial)

If your business has not been legally required to close, you are not eligible for a ‘closed for business’ grant. You may however be eligible for an ‘open for business grant’ – find out more.

To find out about our eligibility criteria, read our 'extended closed for business grants policy document'.

How much funding is available?

The following funding is available to businesses that have to legally close since November under government guidance.

November 2020 lockdown payments and Tier 3 bi-weekly payments

Closing date for applications 31 March 2021 (this may be subject to change).

Rateable value of your business premises

National lockdown (5 November to 2 December) 

Two week extension amounts - for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses that had to remain closed under Tier 3 measures (3 to 30 December 2020)

£15,000 or less, or no rateable value (**subject to demand – please see section 6 of the ‘Closed for business’ policy document)

£1,334

£667

£15,001 - £50,999

£2,000

£1,000

£51,000 or above

£3,000

£1,500

December 2020 Tier 4 and January 2021 lockdown payments (up until 15 February 2021)***

Closing date for applications 31 March 2021.

Rateable value

Pro-rata bi-weekly payment (31 December – 4 January)

LRSG Closed Addendum payment (from 5 January - 15 February 2021). This replaces the bi-weekly payments

Closed business lockdown payment – one-off

Total

Below £15,000 or not rated (**subject to demand – please see section 6 of the ‘Closed for business’ policy document)

£238.21

£2,001

£4,000

£6,239.21

£15,001 - £50,999

£357.14

£3,000

£6,000

£9,357.14

£51,000+

£535.71

£4,500

£9,000

£14,035.71

Extended spring lockdown (16 February - 31 March 2021)

Closing date for applications 31 May 2021.

Rateable value

LRSG Closed Addendum payment (44-day period)

Below £15,000 or not rated **

£2,096

£15,001 - £50,999

£3,143

£51,000+

£4,714

* If you run a restaurant, pub, café or shop, which is normally open to visiting customers, but is instead offering a delivery or collection service, you will still be considered closed for the purposes of these grants and will still be entitled to claim under the ‘closed for business’ grant scheme.

** If your business is not rated, whilst we will endeavour to make the complete set of grant payments detailed above, up until 31 March 2021, this is not guaranteed. This is because we have only been provided with a limited pot of funding for non-rated businesses (through the Additional Restrictions Grant - ARG) so funding all applications in full may not be possible and funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. If funding runs short, reduced or no funding may be awarded, even if your business meets the eligibility criteria. A nil or reduced award of funding under the ARG is not grounds for appeal.

Mobile & home-based businesses

Mobile/home based businesses delivering close personal services are not eligible for a grant if they have claimed Self Employed Income Support SEISS or have furloughed themselves, however, they may be eligible under the Council’s COVID Business Rescue Fund which awards one-off grants of up to £1,500 to businesses (on a first-come-first-served basis). If businesses are not successful in their closed claim, they may be considered under this fund and will not be required to apply again. Businesses cannot apply directly to the COVID Business Rescue Fund. Read our closed for business grants policy to find out more.

When will I get my payments?

New grant claims New can take up to three weeks to process. If payment is approved, due to annual billing (see below), some payments may be delayed until early/mid March 2021.

Annual billing/Automatic payments for the extended spring 2021 lockdown The Council is preparing to undertake its annual billing activity, which is a statutory role and its timing cannot be altered. Equally the system cannot be utilised to process business grants during this period. As such, payments to businesses for the extended spring lockdown (to cover the period from 16 February 2021 - 31 March 2021) will not be processed until 12 March 2021 at the earliest. The earliest payments into business bank accounts will not be until 18 March 2021. Some payments may be later.

Will I receive any payment paperwork? If you are approved for funding you will not receive any paperwork to confirm this. If you are rejected for funding you will receive a rejection email to the email used in your application.

Do I need to apply again for the extended spring 2021 lockdown?

If you have applied for/received a grant for the November/January lockdowns, you do not need to apply again for extended spring 2021 lockdown. If you have not yet applied for a grant to cover either the November/January lockdowns, you will need to do this first (see below).

Please note, if you have not already applied/received funding, the deadline to apply for the November & January lockdown funding is 31 March 2021, and the deadline to apply for the spring lockdown funding is 31 May 2021.

How do I apply?

Please do not apply again if you have already applied for/received a grant for the November/January lockdowns. If you are eligible, payments to cover the extended spring lockdown (from 16 February to 31 March 2021) will be made to you automatically.

If you have not already applied for a grant to cover the November & January lockdowns, you need to fill in one of two forms, depending on the circumstances of your business – either a quick declaration form or a full online form. Find out more below:

Quick declaration form

Please fill in a quick declaration form if your business is/has been:

  • legally required to close as a result of a lockdown/tiered measures
  • was trading following the first national lockdown (in March 2020) and before the second national lockdown was announced
  • claimed a business grant from South Derbyshire District Council during the first lockdown (either discretionary or non-discretionary)
  • all of your details remain the same (including your bank account details)

Fill in our online declaration form

You do not need to provide any additional evidence to claim your grant, however if we have any queries, we will contact you to request further information. Before applying, please read our Customer Services, Revenues and Benefits privacy notice.

If you did not claim a grant before, or if your business bank account details have changed, or details of your business have changed. You will need to complete a full application form.

Full application form

Please fill in a full application form if your business is/has been:

  • legally required to close as a result of a lockdown/tiered measures
  • did not claim a grant as a result of the first lockdown (i.e. you are a new business or your business has an RV of above £51,000) OR
  • details of your business have changed, including your bank account details

Fill in a full application form online 

As part of the form, you will need to upload your last three months bank statements. Before applying, please read our Customer Services, Revenues and Benefits privacy notice.

Need help to apply?

If you will struggle to complete our forms, please call our customers services team on 01283 595795 to discuss what to do next. Our team is on hand Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8.45am and 5pm, Wednesdays between 9.30am and 5pm, and Fridays between 8.45am and 4.30pm.