COVID-19 National Lockdown Business Grants and Support

COVID-19 National Lockdown Business Grants and Support

Grants for Business in Folkestone & Hythe District

Folkestone & Hythe District Council are administering the Government’s Covid-19 related business grants on behalf of central government

Since the start of the previous national lockdown period on 4th November 2020, there have been a number of business grant schemes available for businesses in the district.

Folkestone & Hythe District have two broad schemes – the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LSRG) and the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).

The recent national lockdown this January 2021 has brought an additional grant – the National Lockdown Grant, which is available to businesses eligible for an LSRG.

Below is a summary of the grant schemes available to businesses.

View all guidance to business support grants here

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LSRG) 

There are two official LRSG schemes – LSRG (closed) and LSRG (open):

  • LSRG (closed) is for businesses that are business rates payers and are legally required to close during Tier 3 restrictions, Tier 4 restrictions and for the national lockdown periods in November 2020 and from 5th January 2021.
  • LSRG (open) scheme is a discretionary grant scheme which Folkestone & Hythe District Council has subsumed within the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme (see below).

The following details in this section relates to the officially titled LSRG (closed) scheme which we have called LSRG for simplicity.

The LSRG scheme is for businesses legally required to close during Tier 3 restrictions and Tier 4 restrictions and for the national lockdown periods in November and from 5th January 2021 and pay business rates.

This scheme has therefore been applicable to different types of businesses during these different periods, with some qualifying for an LSRG in all periods and others only eligible during the national  lockdowns.

The Government has provided information on which types of business are legally required to close.

See these links for those legally required to close in this January 2021 national lockdown.

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/1374 and https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2021/8/made

If your business is eligible for this scheme during the national lockdown from 5th January 2021, you will be contacted by the Business Rates team.

However, if you have NOT received any notification since 4th November 2020 and think that your business may be eligible because you were legally required to close, please contact the team on 01303 853223 or by email to business.rates@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk

Once an LSRG application has been made for any period and this has been approved (and potentially already paid), further grants will be automatically paid if you remain eligible, for the period up to the middle of February 2021, (when the Government is due to review the current national lockdown).

Please note: even if your business was/is legally required to close and you are NOT a business rates payer, you will NOT be eligible for an LSRG and should apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).

The closing date for LRSG applications is 31st January 2021.

Download LRSG guidance here

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The ARG is a discretionary grant scheme which is being administered by the Economic Development team in Folkestone & Hythe District Council.

This scheme is for businesses that have been impacted by the national lockdown, Tier 3 restrictions and Tier 4 restrictions and for the national lockdown from 5th January 2021 and is based on government guidance to local authorities.

If a business is eligible for an LSRG, then it would NOT normally also qualify for an ARG. However, this can be considered on a case by case basis and can be awarded under some circumstances.

Businesses eligible for this grant need to demonstrate at least a 25% impact on business turnover during the National Lockdown or Tier 3 and Tier 4 restrictions and for the national lockdown from 5th January 2021 period and have incurred fixed costs which are at least 30% of eligible grant value for the business.

Businesses eligible for an LSRG during the November lockdown period, but not eligible during Tier 3 or Tier 4 restrictions, can apply for an ARG for these periods.

For more information about this scheme for Folkestone & Hythe businesses, including access to the electronic application form and further information on the supporting evidence required, please click here

If you have not yet applied for an ARG for any period since 4th November 2020, you can still apply.

The ARG scheme will remain open to new applications until 31st January 2021.

Download ARG guidance here

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

This grant scheme is available to businesses that have been legally required to close due to national restrictions during Tier 3 and Tier 4 restrictions and for the national lockdown from 5th January 2021 period and which have not been able to re-open as a result of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984.

Eligible businesses include Nightclubs, dance halls and discotheques and other entertainment venues.

This scheme is being administered by the Business Rates team at Folkestone & Hythe District Council and eligible businesses will be contacted directly.

Download LRSG (Sector) guidance here

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

This grant was available to support wet-led pubs that have been severely impacted over the festive season due to temporary local restrictions.

Eligible pubs in the Folkestone & Hythe district are those that derive less than 50% of sales from food and have not yet reached the de minimis State Aid threshold.

A one-off cash grant of £1,000 has been paid to eligible businesses and the scheme is being administered by the Business Rates team at Folkestone & Hythe District Council.

Download Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs guidance here

National Lockdown Grant

The government has introduced a new National Lockdown Grant for the current national lockdown that commenced 5th January 2021.

These grants are available to businesses legally required to close and meet other eligibility criteria. This is payable in addition to an existing LSRG for eligible businesses for this period.

All eligible businesses that have already applied for an LSRG for the November 2020 national lockdown period, will automatically receive this additional grant.

Please do not complete another form. Guidance for this scheme will not be received until the week commencing 11th January and payments will be processed following receipt of that.

If your business has not yet applied for an LSRG for the November 2020 national lockdown and is eligible for this grant, please complete an LSRG application using this link.

Once LSRG applications are approved, this will be followed by further automatic LSRG grant payments for the subsequent tier 3, tier 4 and January 2021 national lockdown period.

Download Business support package for January 2021 guidance here
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