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Additional Restrictions Grant including "Top-Up" awards

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

Due to funding constraints this scheme has now closed to new applications. 

If you have already submitted an application this will be processed in due course and there is no need to contact us.

Subject to receiving additional funding from Government, we hope to be in a position to consider further business support for those business in the Hospitality and Leisure sectors who have been unable to access the LRSG (Closed) or Restart Grants and may continue to suffer in the longer term through Summer 2021. 

Businesses unable to apply for the other grants, with or without a Rateable Value that have been either Closed or Severely Impacted

About the Additional Restrictions Grant

Additional Restrictions Grant is a discretionary grant and was available at the point the Council first entered LCAL Tier 3 restrictions (17 October 2020). It also covered restrictions in Tier 4 and the Lockdown from the 5 January 2021 until the 31 March 2021.

The scheme prioritised the following:

  • Preston businesses that occupy business premises, (with fixed premises costs) and have been required to close due to nationally imposed restrictions, but do not have a business rates account (and are therefore ineligible for Local Restrictions Support Grant - closed business).
  • Preston businesses, with or without rateable premises, which are severely negatively impacted by national and local (very high) restrictions, but which may not be required to close.  We will prioritise businesses which support/supply the non-essential retail, leisure and hospitality sectors and businesses in the events sector.

Applications will be processed in a fair and transparent manner. 

The appropriate level of grant will be determined, taking into account

  • the rateable value if applicable;
  • the level of fixed costs faced by the business;
  • the number of employees;
  • whether they are unable to trade online, and the scale of Covid-19 losses. 

We will provide the highest assistance to those eligible businesses which protect the highest number of jobs, have suffered the greatest detrimental impact and with the highest business related fixed costs. 

You will be required to provide evidence of this - failure to do so will result in your application being delayed/not being considered for funding.

The Council may also provide additional support to larger local businesses which are important to the local economy, or considered of significant historic importance to the City.

You can download the Icon for pdf Guidance for the Additional Restrictions Grant [199.52KB] and the Icon for pdf COVID-19 Business Grants Frequently Asked Questions for the Additional Restrictions Grant [248.44KB].

Who is it for?

Your business may be eligible if:

  • It is based in Preston
  • Was open and trading up to the date that the restrictions that have severely impacted your business came into force. For Top-up Grant this is 1 April 2021.

  • Has fixed business related costs that have not reduced due to the additional restrictions of Tier3/4 National Lockdowns, examples of fixed business-related costs are rent, business mortgage, insurance, utilities, phone contract, ongoing maintenance contracts, franchise payments, vehicle costs, professional body memberships, subscription licences (especially ICT software), loan repayments. 

  • A business that has been severely impacted or closed as a consequence of the additional restrictions imposed by the move to Tier 3 or  Tier 4 or National Closures or Lockdown restrictions. Impact due to national coronavirus restrictions alone for example social distancing does not render a business eligible.

Eligibility is not affected if businesses have accessed the Furlough Scheme, Job Support Scheme, the Kick Start scheme or is receiving any funds or support relating to re-opening or trading safely, new business services or products or new trading arrangements, including digital.

However, Business owners receiving Self Employment Income Support Scheme or Universal Credit will need to provide evidence of fixed business costs to be eligible for the grant. 

Who is it not for?

Your business will not be eligible if:

  • It has been able to continue to operate during the lockdown because it does not depend on providing direct in-person services from its premises
  • It has chosen to close without being severely impacted by the additional Tier 3/4, National Lockdown restrictions
  • The business owner has another business that is still trading and unaffected by the additional Tier3/4, National Lockdown restrictions
  • The business owner has another source of employment income
  • Your business has reached the subsidy allowance limit. The Additional Restrictions Grant counts towards this subsidy allowance
  • It was in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice was made on the date of the first full day of restrictions
  • Is in areas outside the scope of the localised restrictions, as defined by the Government

How much is the grant?

Grant awards will be proportional to the scale and size of the business. 

All applications will be eligibility checked, including having to meet the financial need and/or justification for public sector support criteria.

Grants will be awarded at four levels - 

For those businesses without fixed premises costs (rent payable to a landlord/commercial mortgage payments) the maximum award will be £1000 periodically. This will apply to home, site or mobile based businesses.

All other applications will be scored against the factors outlined above and grants will be awarded at the following levels periodically:

  • £500
  • £1000
  • £1334
  • £2000
  • £3000

The Council may also provide grant in the form of a lump sum amount where appropriate (e.g. Hackney Carriage drivers) and provide additional support to larger local businesses which are considered important to the local economy, or considered of significant historic importance to the city.

Payment will be made by BACS into the business bank account using the information provided in the application form. 

We aim to process applications within 15 working days - subject to applications being complete and all necessary evidence provided.  

Applicants will receive an email confirming the outcome of their application.

Dependent on demand, we reserve the right to amend the level of grants as necessary.

We also reserve the right to change the qualifying criteria at short notice if it feels it is appropriate to do so, reflecting changing circumstances and demand on funds. 

Top-Up Grants

From 1 April 2021, the Council may provide top-up grants to help kick start individual businesses that have been severely impacted and are returning from lockdown restrictions in line with the Government roadmap. 

These top-up grants will be in the form of a lump sum amount up to £6,000, proportionate to losses, fixed costs and the size of the business.

How to apply

Due to funding constraints this scheme has now closed to new applications. 

If you have already submitted an application this will be processed in due course and there is no need to contact us.

Subject to receiving additional funding from Government, we hope to be in a position to consider further business support for those business in the Hospitality and Leisure sectors who have been unable to access the LRSG (Closed) or Restart Grants and may continue to suffer in the longer term through Summer 2021. 

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.

To request a paper application form to email please, email discretionaryscheme@preston.gov.uk.

If you have any questions about this scheme, please contact the Business Support Team by email at discretionaryscheme@preston.gov.uk.

The Additional Restrictions Grant scheme will be reviewed after an initial period of operation.  Any revisions will be incorporated into updated guidance held on our website. 

 

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