Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG)

Business Restart Grants (April 2021)

Following the announcement of the 2021 Budget, we are aware many businesses will be impacted by their continued closure. We have received government guidance on the operation of these new business grant schemes. Eligible businesses were emailed on 7 April 2021, inviting them to apply for the restart grants. We aim to make payments within 14 days of receipt of this response.

If you believe you are eligible for the restart grants but have not been contacted by us please email business.grants@ashford.gov.uk with your business rates account number.

Please keep checking this webpage for any updates.

Exclusions from this grant

  • Businesses that are able to conduct their main service because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from the premises and can operate their services effectively remotely.
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but are not required to by law.
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State Aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

View Ashford Restart Grant Scheme Policy April 2021 [pdf] 285KB.

Spring Closure and National Lockdown Grants 2021

Spring Closure and National Lockdown Grants 2021
Grant Name Who for? How much? How do I apply?
Restart Grant (Non-essential retail)

Businesses with a business rates account, in the retail sector that are required to close under National Lockdown restrictions.

One-off payment.

  • £1-£15,000 Rateable Value businesses will receive £2,667.
  • £15,001-£50,999 Rateable Value businesses will receive £4,000.
  • £51,000 and greater Rateable Value businesses will receive £6,000.

Businesses that have already received an LRSG grant and are eligible for National Lockdown grants will be contacted directly.

Businesses that have yet to apply for a lockdown business support grant who are eligible for the grant, please email business.grants@ashford.gov.uk.

Restart Grant 

Businesses with a business rates account, in the hospitality, leisure and personal care sectors that are required to close under National Lockdown restrictions.

One-off payment.

  • £1-£15,000 Rateable Value businesses will receive £8,000.
  • £15,001-£50,999 Rateable Value businesses will receive £12,000.
  • £51,000 and greater Rateable Value businesses will receive £18,000.

Businesses that have already received an LRSG grant and are eligible for National Lockdown grants will be contacted directly.

Businesses that have yet to apply for a lockdown business support grant who are eligible for the grant, please email business.grants@ashford.gov.uk.

Spring 2021 Business Closure Grants 

Businesses with a business rates account, in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector that are required to close under National Lockdown restrictions.

One-off payment.

  • £1-£15,000 Rateable Value businesses will receive £4,000.
  • £15,001-£50,999 Rateable Value businesses will receive £6,000.
  • £51,000 and greater Rateable Value businesses will receive £9,000.

Businesses that have already received an LRSG grant and are eligible for National Lockdown grants will be contacted directly.

This scheme closed on 31 March 2021

National Lockdown Grant (16 February - 31 March 2021)

Businesses with a business rates account, in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector that are required to close under National Lockdown restrictions.

  • £1-£15,000 Rateable Value businesses will receive £2,096.
  • £15,001-£50,999 Rateable Value businesses will receive £3,143.
  • £51,000 and greater Rateable Value businesses will receive £4,714.

This scheme closed on 31 May 2021

 

National Lockdown Grant (5 January 2021 - 15 February 2021)

Businesses with a business rates account, in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector that are required to close under National Lockdown restrictions.

  • £1-£15,000 Rateable Value businesses will receive £2,001.
  • £15,001-£50,999 Rateable Value businesses will receive £3,000.
  • £51,000 and greater Rateable Value businesses will receive £4,500.

Businesses that have already received an LRSG grant and are eligible for National Lockdown grants will be contacted directly.

This scheme closed at midnight on 31 March 2021.

Exclusions from this grant

  • Businesses that are able to conduct their main service because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from the premises and can operate their services effectively remotely.
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but are not required to by law.
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State Aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Support for businesses impacted by Tier Restrictions (December 2020)

Tier 3 restriction support 02/12/2020 to 19/12/2020

Businesses required to close as per the Local Tier 3 restrictions are eligible for a grant for each 14 day period of lockdown. These grants are paid at half the amount of those paid under the November National Lockdown.

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £667 for the 14-day period
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k, grants to be £1,000 for the 14-day period
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over, grants to be £1,500 for the 14-day period

All businesses eligible for this grant will receive an email from the Council on the 9th December to confirm the details of this payment - please check your junk mailbox. If you have not received this email then please apply first for the LRSG (Closed) National Lockdown November 2020 grant if you have not done so already.

Exclusions from this grant

  • Businesses that are able to conduct their main service because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from the premises and can operate their services effectively remotely.
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but are not required to by law.
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State Aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
Tier 3 and 4 Grant Schemes (2 December 2020 - 4 January 2021)
Grant name Who for? How much? How do I apply?

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) (Closed)

Businesses with a business rates account that are required to close under Tier 3 or Tier 4 restrictions.

£667 - £1,500 per 14 day period.

Businesses that have already received an LRSG grant and are eligible for Tier 3 or Tier 4 grants will be contacted directly.

This scheme closed at midnight on 31 March 2021.

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

It has been announced that grants of £1,000 are available for wet-led pubs (pubs that make 50% or less of their income from food). Visit our Wet-led pubs grant page

Support for businesses impacted by National Lockdown (November 2020)

Grants for eligible businesses which have been required to close by law during the latest phase of national COVID-19 restrictions are now available.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant - funded by central government and administered by Ashford Borough Council - will be available to those in the Ashford Borough Council District that are:

  • Liable for business rates, and
  • Were open as usual and providing in-person services from the business premises the day before lockdown was imposed on 5th November, and
  • Required to close by law

The LRSG scheme has now closed.

Data Protection

Ashford Borough Council is the data controller for any personal information held in this form. Your information will be used to administrate Covid related business support, and processing is being conducted relying upon the public interest legal basis. Your data may be shared with other departments within the council, HMRC and other government departments for the purpose of improving services, keeping records up-to-date and for the protection of the public fund. We will not share your personal information with any third parties unless we are required or permitted to do so by law. For more information about your data protection rights please see the Council’s data protection pages which can be found on our website or contact the Data Protection Officer at, The Data Protection Officer, Ashford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford TN23 1PL.

The following grant awards are available to businesses.

Measure Description Mechanism Update 

Local Restrictions Support Grant

 

(LRSG)

Businesses that pay Business Rates and are required to close in England due to the 28-day national lockdown that started on 5th November will be eligible to apply for the LRSG. They could be eligible for the following:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 for the 28-day period
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k, grants to be £2,000 for the 28-day period
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over, grants to be £3,000 for the 28-day period

 

Check if you're a business that is required to close on gov.uk

Details on the Local Restrictions Support Grant are available on gov.uk

 

This scheme has now closed.

 

These grants - also funded by central government and administered by ABC – will be awarded as per the guidance set out by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

View our Local Restrictions Support Grant Policy [pdf] 239KB.

Frequently Asked Questions

+ I am a charity, can I apply for a Local Restrictions Grant?

If you’re in a business premises, which has a business rating, and have been forced to close due to the national restrictions then you can apply for a grant.

+ I am in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief, do I apply for LRSG or ARG?

The eligibility criteria for LRSG is that you have a business rates assessment and are occupying a premises which is required to close by law. Being in receipt of SBRR does not remove eligibility.

+ Do I need to pay back this grant?

This financial support is a grant payment in the year 2020/21. As it is a grant payment it does not need to be paid back, but it should be declared in your end of year returns.