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Business Grants

Last updated: 06/07/2021

Restart Grants - CLOSED

To support the recovery of the high street as Government's National Restrictions are relaxed the Chancellor announced the new Restart Grant scheme. The Restart Grant scheme will launch on 1 April and aims to support businesses registered for Business Rates where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the below sectors;

  • Non-essential retail
  • Hospitality
  • Accommodation
  • Leisure
  • Personal care
  • Gym & Sport

The Restart Grant will be split into two strands. Under Strand One, grants of up to £6,000 will be paid to non-essential retail business premises, to help them reopen safely. Under Strand Two, grants of up to £18,000 will be allocated to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises, which may open later under plans set out in the roadmap and will be more impacted by restrictions when they do reopen.

The amounts payable will be:

  • Non-essential retail businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, will receive a one-off grant of £2,667.
  • Non-essential retail businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, will receive a one-off grant of £4,000.
  • Non-essential retail businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, will receive a one-off grant of £6,000.
  • Qualifying Hospitality and Leisure properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, will receive a one-off grant of £8,000.
  • Qualifying Hospitality and Leisure properties with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, will receive a one-off grant of £12,000.
  • Qualifying Hospitality and Leisure properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, will receive a one-off grant of £18,000.

 

If you are a new applicant or you have not received your grant automatically as expected please email businessrates@castlepoint.gov.uk providing your account number and a short statement detailing how your business meets the qualifying criteria.  Our team will review your account and be in contact with you.

YOU MUST CONTACT THE COUNCIL BY 30 JUNE 2021 TO CLAIM YOUR RESTART GRANT

Businesses should ensure that they meet the qualifying criteria. See  Restart_Grant Local Authority Guidance.pdf 422KB  paragraphs 28 to 45  

 

PRIVACY NOTICE Business Support Grants March 2021.pdf 186KB

 

Please note that you only need to apply once for a grant in respect of the schemes below and we will review your application each time restrictions change

Local Restrictions Support Grants

1) Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) - CLOSED

From Thursday 5th November the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme will also apply, this scheme also applies for any period that the Council is in LCAL3 Local restrictions (Tier 3) and Tier 4.

This is a discretionary fund and is directed to businesses that will not be eligible under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) scheme. Businesses that can qualify are those that have had to remain closed OR those businesses who are severely financially impacted by the extension to Stage 3 of the Roadmap out of lockdown.

For full details of the scheme including the eligibility criteria can be found here  Castle Point Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG).pdf  260KB 
 
If you have already received or applied for an Additional Restrictions Grant payment you do not need to apply again,  or you have received a mandatory grant from the Council and you are in the effected business sectors . We will be in contact with you automatically.
 
New applications can be made online: see link further below
 

New Applications can be made online: Online Application Form 

This application covers all the scenarios described above. Please note grant payments for each stage will be issued separately with closed scheme payments being made first. If you have made an application previously you do not need to do so again.
 

Previous Grant Funding

The following schemes are now closed for applications in line with government requirements:

  • Discretionary Grant Fund Scheme which ran in early June 2020.  All payments were made to qualifying applicants on 17 June 2020
  • Small Business Grants Fund
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Addendum)

Business Grants Funds

A total of 4,092 grants worth £21m have been made to local businesses in the Castle Point Borough area since the beginning of April 2020.  These grants have been vital to our local economy – helping ensure the survival of shops, cafes, hotels, restaurants and many other businesses.