What is the Local Restrictions Support Grant?

Please note the Local Restrictions Support Grant is for businesses that were required to close as part of the national lockdown on 5 November to 2 December 2020.

If you have already successfully received this grant, please do not apply again. If you are affected by Tier 2 and Tier 4 restrictions, please visit the Tier 2 and Tier 4 Grants Information page for further information.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) supports businesses that were open as usual, providing services in person to customers from their business premises, but which were then required to close due to lockdown restrictions imposed by the government.

This grant is for businesses that pay business rates on their premises.

Business that are eligible will receive the following amounts based on the rateable value of the property:

  • properties with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 5 November 2020 will receive a payment of £1,334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.

  • properties with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 5 November 2020 will receive a payment of £2,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.

  • properties with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on 5 November 2020 will receive £3,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.

You can find out your rateable value of your property on the Valuation Office Agency website.

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2021

Are you eligible to receive a Support Grant, because your business was ordered to close by the government on 5 November 2020?

Before you complete an application form, you will need to do the following:

  • Read the information below to check whether your business is eligible for a Support Grant.

    • If your business is in List A, you can apply for a Support Grant.

    • If your business is in List B, you cannot apply for a Support Grant.

    • If your business is not in either list, but your normal business requires that you serve members of the public face-to-face, you may be entitled to a Support Grant, if you can show that your business is similar to one of those in List A. Please click the 'Other' box on the application form, and detail what your business is.

  • Read the information below about State Aid to make sure you won’t exceed the amount you can claim. You should not continue with this application if it will result in your business receiving more than the applicable amounts shown.

  • Before you start your application, please make sure you have the following:

    • your Business Rates reference number – this is on your Business Rates bill

    • your Companies House number - if you are a limited company

    • your passport or driving licence – if you are a sole trader or partnership

    • your VAT number - if you are registered to pay VAT

    • a bank statement – this should be for a month ending during October and/or November 2020. The business name, account number, sort code, date and business transactions must be clear and legible. You can scan this and upload as a PDF document, or take a picture of it and upload as a JPG or PNG file.

    • the bank account details to which the Support Grant is to be paid.

Important information- please read this before starting the application

To reduce social contact, the government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close or restrict how they provide goods and services.

Businesses that were open as usual and providing in-person (face-to-face) services to customers from their business premises, immediately before being required to close, may be eligible for this funding.

Businesses and venues which have been ordered to close – you can claim a Support Grant if your business is in this list.

Non-essential retail, such as:

  • clothing stores
  • homeware stores
  • vehicle showrooms (other than for rental)
  • betting shops
  • tailors
  • tobacco and vape shops
  • electronic goods and mobile phone shops
  • market stalls selling non-essential goods
  • hand car washes
  • adult gaming centres
  • auction houses (except auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment)
  • charities (with a Business Rates number)

If your business falls under the above category but chooses to change its method of operation and to provide takeaway, click and collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) or online services with delivery, it will still be counted as closed and therefore you are still eligible to apply for a Support Grant.

Hospitality venues, such as:

  • cafes
  • restaurants
  • pubs
  • bars
  • social clubs

However, if your business normally operates as a take away, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery, you are not eligible for a Support Grant. This is because you are able to continue trading during the National Lockdown, and have not been ordered to close.

Accommodation such as:

  • hotels
  • hostels
  • guest houses
  • campsites

If your premises acts as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential for someone to stay there for work purposes, you are eligible for a Support Grant. This is because you are not able to continue trading as normal during the National Lockdown, and have been ordered to close.

Leisure and sports facilities such as:

  • leisure centres
  • gyms
  • swimming pools
  • tennis and basketball courts
  • golf courses
  • fitness and dance studios
  • climbing walls
  • archery, driving, and shooting ranges

Entertainment venues such as:

  • theatres
  • concert halls
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • galleries
  • casinos
  • amusement arcades
  • bingo halls
  • bowling alleys
  • skating rinks
  • go-karting venues
  • soft play centres and areas
  • circuses
  • funfairs
  • zoos and other animal attractions
  • water parks and theme parks
  • conference centres
  • exhibition halls

Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open.

Personal care facilities such as:

  • hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons
  • tattoo parlours and body and skin piercing services
  • spas
  • massage parlours

Community centres and halls and libraries

Except for a limited number of exempt activities as set out below. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services - for example, for people who do not have it at home - and for click-and-collect.

Places of worship

Except for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals.

These businesses and places will still be permitted to be open for a small number of exempt activities, including:

  • education and training (including for schools to use sports and leisure facilities where that is part of their normal provision)
  • childcare purposes and supervised activities for children
  • blood donation and food banks
  • to provide medical treatment
  • for elite sports persons (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities), professional dancers and choreographers (in fitness and dance studios)
  • for training and rehearsal without an audience (in theatres and concert halls)
  • for the purposes of professional film and TV filming.

Businesses and venues which can remain open – you cannot claim a Support Grant if your business is in this list.

This includes those providing essential goods or services, including:

  • food shops
  • supermarkets
  • pharmacies
  • garden centres
  • hardware stores
  • building merchants
  • off-licences
  • petrol stations
  • car repair and MOT services
  • bicycle shops
  • taxi businesses
  • vehicle hire businesses
  • banks
  • building societies
  • post offices
  • solicitors
  • accountants
  • loan providers
  • money transfer businesses
  • funeral directors
  • launderettes and dry cleaners
  • medical and dental services
  • vets and pet services
  • agricultural supplies shops
  • storage and distribution facilities
  • car parks
  • public toilets
  • motorway service areas
  • outdoor playgrounds
  • newsagents
  • breweries
  • opticians
  • audiology services
  • chiropody
  • chiropractors
  • osteopaths
  • estate agents
Please read the information below about State aid

Confirmation of State aid received under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities scheme

Following the outbreak of the coronavirus, the European Commission has approved schemes to aid businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak on the basis of their Temporary Framework, including the COVID-19 Temporary Framework scheme for the UK.

The maximum level of aid that a company may receive is €800,000 (€120,000 per undertaking active in the fishery and aquaculture sector or €100,000 per undertaking active in the primary production of agricultural products). This is across all UK schemes under the terms of the European Commission’s Temporary Framework.

The euro equivalent of the sterling aid amount is calculated using the Commission exchange rate applicable on the date the aid is offered. Any aid provided under this scheme will be relevant if you wish to apply, or have applied, for any other aid granted on the basis of the European Commission’s Temporary Framework. You will need to declare this amount to any other aid awarding body who requests information from you on how much aid you have received. You must retain this letter for four years after the conclusion of the UK’s transition from the EU and produce it on any request from the UK public authorities or the European Commission.

Aid may be granted to undertakings that were not in difficulty (within the meaning of Article 2(18) of the General Block Exemption Regulation3) on 31 December 2019, but that faced difficulties or entered in difficulty thereafter as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. This undertaking in difficulty test does not apply to small and micro undertakings (fewer than 50 employees and less than €10 million of annual turnover and/or annual balance sheet) unless they were already in insolvency proceedings, have received rescue aid that has not been repaid, or are subject to a restructuring plan under State aid rules.

This aid is in addition any aid that you may have received under the de minimis Regulation allowing aid of up to €200,000 to any one organisation over a three fiscal year period (ie your current fiscal year and previous two fiscal years), and any other approved aid you have received under other State aid rules, such as aid granted under the General Block Exemption Regulation.

The de minimis Regulations 1407/2013 (as published in the Official Journal of the European Union L352 24.12.2013)

In summary

Your business can claim up to €200,000 in State aid under the de minimis scheme (over a 3-year period). You may also be able to claim up to €800,000 under the UK COVID-19 Temporary Framework.

If, having read all of the above information, you wish to continue to apply for a Support Grant, please click on the button below.

Further information

Further information about the Support Grant can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

How do I apply?

You will need to have a My.Huntingdonshire account to access the application form and receive updates on your application - please check the Notes tab within your account.

If you don't already have an account you will need to register for one.

If you have already registered, please click on the button below, sign in to your account and complete the application form.

** Important: Please check the Notes tab in your My.Huntingdonshire account regularly as this is where you will be notified about the progress of your application. We will notify you here if your application is successful, if it is rejected (detailing the reason why) or if there are any issues with your application.

How can I check updates to my application?

Log in to your MyHuntingdonshire account.

Once signed in, click on 'Track my requests'

Click on Track my requests on the navigation bar

Click on the 'Complete' tab and then click on the arrow for the relevant application. You can find the application reference number (which is a string of 8 capital letters) on the email that was sent to you when you submitted your application for a grant. It can also be found under the Documents tab, where you application has been uploaded.

Click on Complete and then the go button

This will then open as below - click on the 'Notes' tab to view any updates.

Click on Notes

Please note that a Note will be added here when your application has undergone its initial validation check. We will notify you here if it has passed and moved on to mandatory pre-payment and anti-fraud checks or if it has failed, stating the reasons why.

If there are no Notes here your application is still in the queue for review by the team, which we aim to complete within 3-5 working days of submission.