COVID-19 : Business grants

We will be updating this page as soon as we are notified of any government announcements in order to assist businesses with the effects of the current Coronavirus outbreak.

This information is designed to assist businesses to understand the effect of these announcements and how these will be applied to eligible ratepayers. Please ensure that you apply for the correct grant(s), based on the detail in the table. 

Further information about these grants and how to apply can be viewed further down this page.  

Name of grant Type of business that can apply Applicable dates Additional information

Business Support Package for January lockdown 

Businesses, registered for Business Rates, legally required to close due to the National Lockdown commencing in January 2021. Tuesday 5 January to Monday 15 February 2021

Applications are now open. 

The package of support includes both elements: 

  • the LRSG (Closed) sum; and
  • the one - off Closed Business Lockdown Payment 

Only one application is needed for both elements.

LRSG (Closed) Addendum Businesses, registered for Business Rates, legally required to close due to the National Lockdown in November 2020.  Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December 2020 Applications are still being accepted Government have yet to confirm a closing date. 
LRSG (Sector)  Specialist grant for nightclubs and sexual entertainment venues unable to re-open since Monday 23 March 2020.

Sunday 1 November to Wednesday 4 November 2020

Wednesday 2  to Saturday 19 December 

Applications are still being accepted for both of these periods

LRSG (Closed) - Tier 2 and 3

Tier 2 - This only applies to pubs and bars legally required to close if not serving substantial meals. 

 

Tier 3 - businesses, registered for Business Rates, legally required to close.

Tier 2 - Wednesday 2 December to Friday 18 December 2020

Tier 3 - Saturday 19 December 2020

Applications are still open 

 

This one day award will be added to the Tier 4 payment due. No separate application is needed. 

LRSG (Closed) - Tier 4   Businesses, registered for Business Rates, legally required to close during Tier 4 restrictions. 

Sunday 20 December 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021

Monday 4 to Tuesday 5 January 2021 

Applications are still open for the initial period. 

 

Applications are currently suspended for this one day period due to the Tier 5 national lockdown announcement. We await further details regarding the one day award. 

Christmas Support Payment  Specialist one-off grant for "wet-led" pubs. Wednesday 2 December to Tuesday 29 December 2020 Applications are still open but will close on Sunday 31 January 2021.
LRSG (Open)  Businesses, registered for Business Rates, who remain open during Tier 2 and 3 restrictions but whose trade has been severely impacted as a result. This is only for specific hospitality, hotel, B&B and leisure businesses as defined in the policy.  Wednesday 2 to Saturday 19 December  Applications are open. 
Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)  This is a discretionary grant for businesses, whether registered for Business Rates or not, which will run until Wednesday 31 March 2022, funding permitted. Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 31 March 2022 This will open in various application windows. We are not accepting applications at this time but aim to re-open the next application window on Saturday 30 January when we have finalised the review of our policy. 

How to Apply

You need to make a separate application for each grant type or award, unless indicated, but there is a "pre-fill" option available on the on-line portal which will pull through any details already submitted.

Before you start your application, please check the detailed criteria below and ensure that you have the following information to upload onto your application form:  

  • Details of your property code/reference number. This must be as per your Business Rates Bill. Please do not use the reference from the Valuation Office Agency website as these numbers are slightly different and you will not be able to proceed. 
  • Identification of the individual making the application on behalf of the rate payer : Upload either your passport ID page or driving licence. 
  • Evidence of business trading, from the premises, immediately prior to the national lockdown on Tuesday 2 January 2021 : Upload either a delivery note, expenses receipt, purchase order or sales receipt.
  • Evidence the claimant is named holder of the bank account : Upload a bank statement dated within the last three months.
  • Evidence of the company occupying the property the day prior to the date restrictions were introduced : Upload two different utility bills, dated within the last three months, such as:
    • electricity bill 
    • gas bill
    • landline bill  
    • water bill
  • For the LRSG (Open) only - Evidence of the significant financial impact suffered as a result of the Tiered lockdown restrictions: Upload a bank statement for December 2019 and one for December 2020 or your profit/loss statement for those months. 

To make your application go to the Grants approval website and select the ‘Grants For Businesses’ option. Please ensure that you select the correct grant scheme as you will not be able to proceed if you choose an incorrect scheme or if you try to use a different reference number.  

When you will hear from us 

We aim to process your application within ten working days. If your application is approved your grant payment will be paid into your bank account within a further four working days. If you have any questions about the national restrictions grant you can email us at: businessgrants@rbwm.gov.uk.

Business Support  package for January lockdown - Tuesday 5 January to Monday 15 February 2021

Following the Government announcement recently made, applications are now open for this support.  

The scheme covers businesses occupying properties, subject to business rates, that have been legally mandated to close by Central Government. The level of grant is dependent on the rateable value of the relevant property:

  • Properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or less will receive a payment of £2,001 for the 42 day restriction period and a one-off grant of £4,000. 
  • Properties with a rateable value over £15,000 but less than £51,000 will will receive a payment of £3,000 for the 42 day restriction period and a one-off grant of £6,000.
  • Properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over will receive a payment of £4,500 for the 42 day restriction period and a one-off grant of £9,000.

The grant is to be paid to the ratepayer of the property.

Grants are not available to businesses:

  • that are able to continue to trade, because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors), 
  • that have chosen to close but have not been instructed to,
  • that are in administration, insolvent or subject to a striking-off notice.

Check the list of businesses and venues which must close on GOV.UK website

National Lock-down Grant Scheme - Thursday 5 November 2020

The government have announced a business grant scheme to cover the four week national lock down period. Although the national lockdown has now been lifted, you can still apply for this scheme. Government previously indicated that applications may close on Sunday 31 January 2021 but this has not yet been confirmed. 

The scheme covers businesses occupying properties, subject to business rates, that have been legally mandated to close by Central Government (see list below). The level of grant is dependent on the rateable value of the relevant property:

  • Properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or less will receive £1,334 for the four week period. 
  • Properties with a rateable value over £15,000 but less than £51,000 will receive £2,000 for the four week period.
  • Properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over will receive £3,000 for the four week period.

The grant is to be paid to the ratepayer of the property.

Grants are not available to businesses:

  • that are able to continue to trade, because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors), 
  • that have chosen to close but have not been instructed to,
  • that are in administration, insolvent or subject to a striking-off notice.

Check the list of businesses and venues which must close on GOV.UK website

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs. 

Government have announced additional support for wet-led pubs, in Tier 2 or 3, over the festive period. The award is a one-off payment of £1,000.

This scheme is now available for applications. The scheme will close on Sunday 31 January 2021. No late applications will be accepted. 

Qualifying properties are those which would normally be open to the general public, allow free entry (other than when occasional entertainment is provided), allow drinking without requiring food and permit drinks to be purchased at a bar. 

Applicants will be expected to provide evidence that less than 50% of their income, prior to the National Lockdown in March 2020, was derived from food. 

Excluded premises include, but are not limited to:

  • restaurants, cafes,
  • nightclubs, hotels,
  • snack bars,
  • guesthouses, boarding houses,
  • sporting venues,
  • music venues, festival sites,
  • theatres, museums,
  • exhibition halls, cinemas,
  • concert halls and casinos.   

Businesses must have been trading on Monday 30 November 2020, had it not been for the national lockdown. 

Tier 2, 3 and Tier 4 Business Grants 

As a result of being placed in Tier 2 on Wednesday 2 December 2020, Tier 3 on Saturday 19 December and Tier 4 on Sunday 20 December, the following grants are available:

Local Restriction Support Grant (closed)

In Tier 2 this applies only to pubs and bars legally required to close as they were unable to offer a substantial meal.

In Tiers 3 and 4 this applies to those legally required to close provided that they are listed in legislation. This does not apply to those who choose to close or those who remain open but are affected by the restrictions. 

The level of grant is dependent on the rateable value of the relevant property:

  • Properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or less will receive £667 per 14 day qualifying period  
  • Properties with a rateable value over £15,000 but less than £51,000 will receive £1,000 per 14 day qualifying period 
  • Properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over £1,500 for the four week period.

The grant is paid to the ratepayer of the property.

Grants are not available to businesses:

  • that are able to operate remotely
  • that have chosen to close but have not been instructed to,
  • that are in administration, insolvent or subject to a striking-off notice.

Local Restriction Support Grant (Open)

This applies for the period that the Royal Borough was in Tier 2 and 3 i.e. from Wednesday 2 to Saturday 19 December 2020.

We have now finalised the Royal Borough’s Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) policy. Please ensure you have read the full policy before submitting an application.

It is for specific businesses in the hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast and leisure sectors who have not been required to close but have nevertheless been severely financially impacted. The business type must be as defined within the policy.

The awards are only available to businesses registered for business rates and are as follows:  

  • Properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or less will receive £467 per 14 day period. 
  • Properties with a rateable value over £15,000 but less than £51,000 will receive £700 per 14 day period.
  • Properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over £1,050 per 14 day period. 

Additional Restrictions Grant - Discretionary Scheme

In addition to the national schemes, the Government have also announced an Additional Restrictions Grant which is a largely Discretionary scheme. This scheme will run from Thursday 5 November 2020 to Wednesday 31 March 2022, funding permitted. 

We are currently reviewing the Royal Borough’s Additional Restrictions Grant policy. Please note this is currently the original version and may be subject to change. This grant is a discretionary grant and is therefore not linked to the other grants listed here.  

The next application window should open on Saturday 30 January. Check here regularly for further details. 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

The above grants are to support: 

  • Nightclubs, dance halls, discotheques; and
  • Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars

In order to be eligible these businesses must have been closed, continuously, from Monday 23 March 2020 and remain closed. 

Although eligible businesses must have been closed since Monday 23 March 2020, these grants are only available from Sunday 1 November 2020 to Wednesday 4 November 2020 and then again from Wednesday 2 to Saturday 19 December when they are replaced with the national lock down or Tier 4 grant schemes. 

The awards are as follows, but will be apportioned as appropriate: 

  • Properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or less will receive £667 per 14 day period. 
  • Properties with a rateable value over £15,000 but less than £51,000 will receive £1,000 per 14 day period.
  • Properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over £1,500 per 14 day period. 

To make your application go to the Grants approval website and select the ‘Grants For Businesses’ option.

Expanded Retail Discount

The government announced that Retail Relief Discount would increase from 50% to 100% and to more areas of business for 2020/21.

To qualify for this relief, the premises must be occupied but will count as occupied if you would normally be open but have only chosen to close as a result of the current Coronavirus outbreak.

See the government guidance on the new scheme for more information.

We have automatically identified the businesses which qualify for the Expanded Retail Relief and revised bills should reach those eligible businesses during the week commencing Monday 30 March 2020. Approximately £29m has been awarded to 1,020 businesses.

If you believe that your business should qualify, but have not received a revised bill by the time that your May instalment is due, please email : business.rates@rbwm.gov.uk.

The types of businesses which do not qualify for the expanded scheme include:

  • Financial services (e.g. banks, building societies, cash points, betting shops and payday lenders).
  • Medical services (e.g. dentists, doctors, chiropractors, vets).
  • Professional services (e.g. accountants, solicitors, insurance agents, tutors).
  • Post office sorting offices.
  • Those premises not readily accessible to the public.

The new relief can be awarded for each eligible business property. This will be taken into account when we awarded the new relief.

Nursery Discount

The government announced on Wednesday 18 March 2020 that it would provide a business rates Nursery Discount.

This relief will apply to properties occupied by providers of Ofsted’s Early Years Register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of Early Years Foundation Stage.

It will apply irrespective of the Rateable Value of the premises and will be for 100% of the remaining bill after the application of any other qualifying reliefs.

Properties where the council itself is liable for the business rates will be unable to qualify for this assistance.

We are in the process of checking the Ofsted register to automatically identify qualifying ratepayers and award this relief. You do not need to apply for this.

State aid information

Many of the business rate reliefs will come under the rules regarding state aid. State Aid law is the means by which the European Union regulates state funded support to businesses. EC 1407/2013, the De Minimis regulations, allow an undertaking to receive up to €800,000 De Minimis aid over a rolling three year period, including aid received outside of business rates relief.

Any De Minimis aid granted during the current or the two previous financial years must be declared. However, the government are working on obtaining approval from the EU to ignore the de minimis level for the expanded retail relief. We will update this information as and when we know more. 

Further information can also be obtained via the GOV.UK website.

Business rates : Contact details

For further information, please contact us by:

Business Rates - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
PO BOX 3448
Town Hall, St Ives Road
Maidenhead SL6 1NG