On March 3, 2021, Government announced the introduction of grant support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England.

This support will take the form of a one-off grant funding scheme called the Restart Grant (RG).

Who is eligible?

Grants are available for eligible business sectors that have a valid business rates account as of April 1, 2021. These include businesses in the follow sectors:

  • Non-essential retail - defined as a business that is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services by the public, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public.
  • Hospitality settings - defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.
  • Accommodation - defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.
  • Leisure - defined as a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out.
  • Personal care - defined as a business which provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing.
  • Gym and sport businesses - defined as a commercial or non-profit establishment where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis, using exercise equipment or open floor space with or without instruction, or where individual and group sporting, athletic and physical activities are participated in competitively or recreationally.

Who isn’t eligible?

Businesses that are not within the ratings system.

Those businesses that were not trading on April 1, 2021.

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

Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.

Funding amounts

The Restart Grant will support non-essential retail premises with one-off grants of up to £6,000 in Strand One of the Restart Grant. The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on April 1, 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.
  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on April 1, 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.
  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on April 1, 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.

The Restart Grant will also support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises with one-off grants of up to £18,000 in Strand Two of the Restart Grant. The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on April 1, 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000.
  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on April 1, 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000.
  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on April 1, 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000.

How do I apply?

This scheme is now open. Use the form below to apply.

Apply for this grant

Last updated: Thursday, 1 April 2021 9:12 am