Please be aware that there are currently delays to grant processing due to the government appointed third party fraud checking agency's annual year end close down. We expect that these delays will be resolved by Monday 19 April and will keep this page updated.

Roadmap out of lockdown

Further to the government announcement of a roadmap out of lockdown, we are currently working to ensure that all businesses are receiving all the help they are eligible for, to help the transition from lockdown to fully open go as smoothly as possible.

Many of our local businesses will have been closed for some time and will therefore need financial support to get back up and running. As such, the government has introduced a RESTART Grant to be administered by local authorities in England.

We received government funding for the RESTART Grant on 6 April 2021 and are currently checking the eligibility of businesses that have previously received grants and will be contacting them directly. Businesses do not need to take any action at this stage and do not need to contact us.

For businesses that haven’t previously received any financial support we are currently working on an application process and will continue to update this page, as we receive additional guidance from the government

RESTART Grants

The RESTART Grant scheme is for businesses who are liable to pay Business Rates.

The RESTART Grant is a one-off grant which has been developed to cover business rate paying businesses that fall into one of two strands.

Strand one:

Strand one of the RESTART Grant will support non-essential retail businesses with a one-off grant per hereditament (business premises) where the business was trading on 1 April 2021.

The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

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Rateable Value 

Up to £15,000  

£15,001 to £51,000 

£51,001 or over 

Grant per hereditament  

 

£2,667 

£4,000 

£6,000 

Strand two:

Strand two of the RESTART Grant will support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care, and gym business premises with a one-off grant per hereditament where the business was trading on 1 April 2021.

The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

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Rateable Value 

Up to £15,000  

£15,001 to £51,000 

£51,001 or over  

Grant per hereditament  

 

£8,000 

£12,000 

£18,000 

We are assessing the details and information that the government is producing for local authorities and will endeavour to keep this website up to date with any changes.

Current grants

National Lockdown – 16 February to 31 March 2021

On 23 February 2021 the government announced an LRSG second payment cycle for rates paying businesses that had been forced to close. We are continuing to take new applications for this grant until 31 May 2021.

The second payment cycle covers 16 February to 31 March 2021 and the following thresholds apply:

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Rateable Value 

Up to £15,000  

£15,001 to £51,000 

£51,001 or over 

Grant per 44 day qualifying restrictions period   

£2,096 

£3,143 

£4,714 

This grant was paid automatically to previous recipients of specific business grants. If you have not previously received an LRSG grant you may be eligible. 

Apply for a LRSG Continuous Payment Grant

Applying for and receiving this grant does not exclude you from applying for any other grant currently available.

Kickstart Scheme

If you're an employer looking to create jobs placements for young people, you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme. 

The scheme has been designed to support young people between the ages of 16-24, who are at risk of long-term unemployment, to gain experience and skills and gain valuable life skills through paid work placements in local businesses. 

The funding covers: 

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021. 

We will also be offering a full programme of support for each employer and young person to maximise the opportunity and ensure that those taking part are equipped with employability skills to move closer into permanent work. If you have any questions or queries, please contact  kickstart@huntingdonshire.gov.uk. 

To apply  

You can apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant by either: 

You do not need to apply again if you’ve already successfully applied for a Kickstart Scheme grant.