Business Rates

Additional Restriction Grant

Additional Restriction Grant

The Additional Restriction Grant will provide financial assistance and support to businesses which were open and trading but have been severely impacted during the period of localised restrictions.

Businesses must have been trading as at 23 March 2020 when the Covid-19 emergency was triggered by the Government, and have continued to trade and operate over the period of localised restrictions.

Eligibility:

Applications will be considered from all businesses large or small, including businesses with fewer than five employees, and those operating on a self-employed basis.

Applications can be submitted both by businesses that are included in the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) Rating List and have a Non Domestic Rates assessment, together with businesses that are not in the VOA Rating List and do not have a Non Domestic Rates assessment, however the Council will administer the Additional Restriction Grant scheme to support businesses where:

  • The business has not previously received a grant in connection with Covid-19 from the Council or received other financial support from the Government. (Businesses that have however received help can still apply)
  • The business will have to demonstrate that they have been severely impacted by Covid-19
  • The business activity has to be taking place in Hyndburn

What you will receive:

The amount to be paid will be determined by the Council.

However, as a guide if your business has rateable value of your property for business rates purposes. There are 3 rates of grant payments as detailed below:-

 Rateable Value  Grant payable  Amount
 Under £15,000  Every 28 days Up to £934
 Between £15,000 to £51,000 Every 28 days Up to £1400
 Over £51,000 Every 28 days Up to £2100

Where a business is awarded a grant but does not have a rateable value the grant award will be based on the number of employees in line with BEIS definitions of size of companies.

Description  Number of employees  Grant payable  Amount
Micro/Small Business  Up to 50  Every 28 days Up to £934
Medium Business  Up to 250 Every 28 days Up to £1400
Large Business  Over 250 Every 28 days Up to £2100

Payments to eligible businesses will be made every 28 days provided the conditions of the grant continues to be met and the business confirms no changes in their circumstances.

The scheme will operate in accordance with Government Guidance and funding availability.

Exclusions:

Businesses established after the 23 March 2020 will not be eligible to receive grant funding.

Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent, or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

If you already receive state aid:

The Additional Restriction Grant counts towards state aid.

Payments count towards the total de minimis State aid you are 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. 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
  • You were not an ‘undertaking in difficulty’ on 31 December 2019. This applies only to the COVID-19 Temporary Framework

Received rescue aid that has not been repaid, or are subject to a restructuring plan under State aid rules.

The application process

To apply, you must complete all relevant questions on each section of the application form and provide all evidence and information.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted, nor will applications without full supporting evidence and information.

The Additional Restriction Grant counts towards state aid.

What happens next?

Once you have applied for the Additional Restriction Grant, you will receive an email to confirm that your application has been received.

We aim to consider all applications upon receipt of a fully completed application form together with all relevant evidence and information within 14 days of the application closing date. If you fail to provide all relevant information, this will delay your application.

If your application is successful, we will email/write to you and the Grant will be paid into your nominated bank account. Please note that all grants will be paid by BACS only.

Phase 1 of Additional Restriction Grant ran from the 17 October to the 11 December 2020 and qualifying businesses  received a one off payment for this period. Applications for Phase 1 of the Additional Restriction Grant scheme closed on Wednesday 16 December 2020.

Phase 2 of the Additional Restriction Grant runs from the 12 December 2020 to 08 January 2021 and qualifying  businesses may receive a grant for this period. Applications for Phase 2 of the Additional Restriction Grant are open from Wednesday 22 December 2020 to Wednesday 13 January 2021.

Phase 3 of the Additional Restriction Grant ran from the 09 January 2021 to 05 February 2021 and qualifying businesses may receive a grant for this period. Applications for Phase 3 of the Additional Restriction Grant were open from Friday 22 January to Thursday 11 February 2021.

Phase 4 of the Additional Restriction Grant ran from the 06 February 2021 to 05 March 2021 and the application window for this period of support closed on Thursday 11 March 2021.

Phase 5 of the Additional Restriction Grant ran from 06 March 2021 to 03 April 2021, and the application window for this period of support closed at 5:00pm Thursday 01 April 2021.

Phase 6 of the Additional Restriction Grant ran from 03 April 2021 to 30 April 2021, and the application window for this period of support closed at 5:00pm Tuesday 4th May 2021.

Phase 7 of the Additional Restriction Grant scheme ran from 01 May 2021 to 28 May 2021, and the application window for this period of support closed on Tuesday 01 June 2021.

Phase 8 of the Additional Restriction Grant will run from 29 May 2021 to 25 June 2021, and the application window for this period of support is now open, and will close at 5:00pm Monday 28 June 2021. Business and traders that may be eligible are those that have not been mandated to close by Government during the recent period of national restrictions, together with those businesses and traders that were mandated to close but do not have their own business rates assessment.

Businesses will be required to submit a new application form every 28 days to continue to receive financial support. The scheme will operate in accordance with Government guidelines and funding availability.

 

If your application is not successful, we will notify you in writing outlining the reasons why. As this is a discretionary grant, there is no option to appeal a decision, however if you think we have made an error in processing your application, please email us at enquiries@hyndburnbc.gov.uk

A copy of our Additional Restriction Grant policy document is available here.

Please click here to complete your on-line application form.