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Ongoing support and advice for businesses as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Local Restrictions Support Grant

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The Local Restrictions Support Grant helps businesses that have been required to close due to the government's local lockdown restrictions or if your business remains closed under national restrictions.

There are now three grants available to businesses who have been closed or severely impacted by the Tier 2/3/4 or National Closures or Lockdown Restrictions.

These grants now also cover restrictions in Tier 4 and the Lockdown support from the 5 January 2021. 

Applications for grant payments relating to closures prior to 16 February 2021 are now closed.

Applications for grants relating to closures from 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 close on 31 May 2021.

If you have already applied for a grant and been successful, you will continue to receive payments for eligible periods automatically. You do not need to reapply.

Local Restrictions Support Grant - Closed Business

This grant scheme supports businesses in Preston with a rateable value, that have been instructed to close due to either local lockdown restrictions, or national closures, imposed by Government.

A business that has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises, for example a restaurant that has had to close its substantive business, but is providing a takeaway service, is deemed to be closed.

For more information and how to apply for this grant please visit the Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses required to closed page:

View the Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses that closed

Businesses with a Rateable Value that have been Severely Impacted

This grant scheme supports businesses in Preston with a rateable value only.

This grant is for businesses that were open as usual, providing services in person to customers, but which have been severely impacted, due to local and national restrictions imposed by Government.   

It covers specific businesses in the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sectors of the local economy that weren't legally required to close but were severely impacted by various Covid restrictions (Tier 2/3/4 or National Closure or Lockdown Restrictions) since the 8 August 2020. .

For more information and how to apply for this grant please  visit the Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses that stayed open page:

View the Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses that stayed open

Businesses unable to apply for the grants above, with or without a Rateable Value that have been either closed or severely impacted

Additional Restrictions Grant including "Top Up" awards from 1 April 2021

Please Note - We can only accept applications to the Additional Restrictions Grant for the period 17 October 2020 to 31 March 2021 up until the 30 April 2021.

From the 1 May 2021 we will only be accepting applications for an Additional Restrictions Grant "Top-Up" grant.  

We are contacting all successful applicants to the Additional Restrictions Grant by email to confirm details and check eligibility to receive support for a possible "Top-Up" Grant from the 1 April 2021 following new Government guidance to help kick start business.

Subject to receiving further funding from Government, we will then consider further business support through the Additional Restrictions Grant for those businesses that continue to suffer in the longer term through to Summer 2021.

If you haven't already applied to the Additional Restrictions Grant, please complete the Additional Restrictions Grant Form.

About the Additional Restrictions Grant

The Additional Restrictions Grants are for businesses unable to apply for the grants above, with or without a rateable value, that have been closed or severely impacted by the additional restrictions put in place by the move to Tier 3/4 and/or National Lockdowns.

For more information and how to apply for this grant please visit the Additional Restrictions Grants page.

View the Additional Restrictions Grant

Payments

We aim to pay successful applications within seven working days upon receipt of a valid application.

As restrictions continue then any further grant payments due will be automatically generated for all businesses still forced to close or severely impacted by the additional restrictions.

For the Additional Restrictions Grant - we aim to process applications within 15 working days - subject to applications being complete and all necessary evidence provided.                                                                               

Application methods and queries

If you are able to apply online this is the quickest way for your application to be processed.  If you have any problems with the online form, please let us know and we will be happy to assist you.

If you have any questions about these schemes, please contact us as follows:

Please note: The information on this page is based on current government guidance and may be subject to change or further refinement.

An image relating to Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses open as usual
This grant scheme supports businesses in Preston with a rateable value, that were open as usual, providing services in person to customers, but which have been severely impacted.
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The grant will help businesses that have been required to close due to the government's local lockdown restrictions in Tier 3/Tier 4 and national lockdowns
An image relating to Additional Restrictions Grant including "Top-Up" awards
Additional Restrictions Grant is a discretionary grant for businesses unable to apply for the Local Restrictions Grants with or without a rateable value that have been either closed or severely Impacted.

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