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Update 15 January 2021

UPDATE 15/01/21: Please note we have not yet received Government funding for Tier 3 schemes or the remaining funding for the Tier 2 Closed scheme to make payment for these grants yet. If you have already applied for a November grant you do not need to reapply. We will send you an invite directly.

Update 2 February 2021 - ARG

UPDATE 02/02/21: The Additional Restrictions Grant Fund is nearly fully allocated.  Applications are being processed on a first-come first-served basis.
Businesses are still able to register an application with us for this fund but please note that we are not processing any new applications for Additional Restrictions funding until all current applications have been processed.

Grant Schemes

Note:

Did you know that if you haven't already applied for the November grants it's not too late. You can make retrospective applications.

If you have any queries, please contact: businessgrants@middevon.gov.uk


The following grant schemes are open to applications:


UPDATE 02/02/21: The Additional Restrictions Grant Fund is nearly fully allocated.  Applications are being processed on a first-come first-served basis.
Businesses are still able to register an application with us for this fund but please note that we are not processing any new applications for Additional Restrictions funding until all current applications have been processed.

 

There are three Grant Schemes for businesses affected by the January lockdown (from 05/01/21):


IF YOU HAVE ALREADY APPLIED FOR A LOCKDOWN GRANT FOR NOVEMBER, YOU DON'T NEED TO COMPLETE ANOTHER APPLICATION FORM.

We'll email you to ask for confirmation that you still require support and for any additional information we may need.

Please check here or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @MidDevonBiz for latest business grant news.

Businesses should apply here for either the LRGS Addendum or the ARG: https://www.middevon.gov.uk/lockdowngrants


 

There are three Grant Schemes for businesses affected by the New Year Tier 3 restrictions (31/12/20 – 04/01/21):

Local Restrictions Support Grant for CLOSED businesses (LRGS) for Tier 3 Restrictions for businesses with business rates accounts that were forced to close their main business due to the restrictions.

Local Restrictions Support Grant for OPEN businesses is available to eligible businesses that provide in-person customer service from their premises and were severely impacted by the local restrictions on socialising in place whilst Mid Devon was in Tier 3.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is a discretionary local scheme for all businesses that stayed open but suffered a severe loss of income directly because of the Tier 3 restrictions or for businesses without a business rates account that were forced to close their main business due to the Tier 3 restrictions.

UPDATE 02/02/21: The Additional Restrictions Grant Fund is nearly fully allocated.  Applications are being processed on a first-come first-served basis.
Businesses are still able to register an application with us for this fund but please note that we are not processing any new applications for Additional Restrictions funding until all current applications have been processed.

Businesses should apply here for either the LRGS or the ARG: https://www.middevon.gov.uk/lockdowngrants


 

There are four Grant Schemes for businesses affected by the December Tier 2 restrictions (02/12/20 - 30/12/20):

Local Restrictions Support Grant for CLOSED businesses is available to eligible businesses required to close under Tier 2 restrictions by law, such as pubs which do not serve substantial meals.

Local Restrictions Support Grant for OPEN businesses is available to eligible businesses that provide in-person customer service from their premises and were severely impacted by the local restrictions on socialising in place whilst Mid Devon is in Tier 2.

Christmas Support Payment is available to eligible pub-based businesses that do not serve substantial meals.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is a discretionary local scheme for all businesses that are not eligible for the above grant schemes but have suffered a severe loss of income directly because of the Tier 2 restrictions.

UPDATE 02/02/21: The Additional Restrictions Grant Fund is nearly fully allocated.  Applications are being processed on a first-come first-served basis.
Businesses are still able to register an application with us for this fund but please note that we are not processing any new applications for Additional Restrictions funding until all current applications have been processed.

Businesses should apply here for either the LRGS or the ARG: https://www.middevon.gov.uk/lockdowngrants


 

There are two Grant Schemes for businesses affected by the November national restrictions (05/11/20 – 02/12/20):

Local Restrictions Grant Scheme (LRGS) for Tier 3 Restrictions with Addendum for the National Restrictions for businesses with business rates accounts that were forced to close their main business due to the national restrictions.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is a discretionary local scheme for all businesses that stayed open but suffered a severe loss of income directly because of the November national restrictions or for businesses without a business rates account that were forced to close their main business due to the national restrictions.

UPDATE 02/02/21: The Additional Restrictions Grant Fund is nearly fully allocated.  Applications are being processed on a first-come first-served basis.
Businesses are still able to register an application with us for this fund but please note that we are not processing any new applications for Additional Restrictions funding until all current applications have been processed.


Other Financial Support for Businesses affected by COVID-19:

Local Restrictions Support Grant SECTOR: if you have a liability for business rates and are in a sector required to close by law from March 2020, please contact businessgrants@middevon.gov.uk.

Businesses should apply here for either the LRGS or the ARG: https://www.middevon.gov.uk/lockdowngrants


Please note: Changes may happen in accordance with Government guidance.


Grant Process

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY APPLIED FOR A LOCKDOWN GRANT FOR NOVEMBER, YOU DON'T NEED TO COMPLETE ANOTHER APPLICATION FORM.

We'll email you to ask for confirmation that you still require support and for any additional information we may need.

Businesses should apply here for either the LRGS Addendum or the ARG: https://www.middevon.gov.uk/lockdowngrants

Successful applicants for LRGS Addendum or ARG will be contacted directly by email to apply for Tier 2/3 financial support.

Once you submit your application, please remember to email us at businessgrants@middevon.gov.uk with a copy of your recent bank statement (for the account used by your business) and quote your submission reference. We accept image or PDF files but please make sure they are clear and the required information can be read.

Due to the volume of grant applications expected, we will not be able to reply to emails requesting confirmation of receipt.

Please note:

We will be undertaking anti-fraud checks on all applications (as required by the Government). If your application fails this check, this will delay or reject your payment. Businesses receiving additional support under subsequent grant schemes will be subject to repeat anti-fraud checks. A random sample of 5% will be selected for this purpose.

All grant payments are subject to normal bank processing time and may take 3 working days to appear in the recipient’s account.


Payment Guidance

Payment of grants is made to eligible businesses upon receipt of funding from Government.

UPDATE 15/01/21: Please note we have not yet received Government funding for Tier 3 schemes or the remaining funding for the Tier 2 Closed scheme to make payment for these grants yet.

Businesses may be eligible for more than one grant scheme. Therefore, we have provided some examples to help show the breakdown of grant funding:

 

Retail Shop with a rateable value of £8,500

Date Range

Business Status

Grant Scheme

Grant Payments

05/11/20 – 01/12/20

Business mandated to close in line with national restrictions

LRGS Addendum

£1,334

(28 day payment)

02/12/20 – 30/12/20

Business allowed to remain open in Tier 2 and no substantial loss of income

N/A

£0

31/12/20 – 04/01/20

Business allowed to remain open in Tier 3 but suffered a severe loss of income (50%+)

ARG

£166.79

(5 day payment)

05/01/20 onwards

Business mandated to close in line with national restrictions

LRGS Addendum

£2,001

(42 day payment)

   

RHL Top-Up

£4,000

(one-off payment)

 

Restaurant with a rateable value of £14,500

Date Range

Business Status

Grant Scheme

Grant Payments

05/11/20 – 01/12/20

Business mandated to close in line with national restrictions

LRGS Addendum

£1,334

(28 day payment)

02/12/20 – 30/12/20

Business allowed to remain open in Tier 2 but suffered loss of income

LRGS Open

£467

(first 14 day payment)

£500.36

(second 14 day payment plus 1 day payment)

31/12/20 – 04/01/20

Business mandated to close in line with Tier 3 restrictions

LRGS Closed

£238.21

(5 day payment)

05/01/20 onwards

Business mandated to close in line with national restrictions

LRGS Addendum

£2,001

(42 day payment)

   

RHL Top-Up

£4,000

(one-off payment)

 

Mobile Hair and Beauty Technician eg for Weddings (Home-Based)

Date Range

Business Status

Grant Scheme

Grant Payments

05/11/20 – 01/12/20

Business forced to close in line with national restrictions

ARG

£934

(28 day payment)

02/12/20 – 30/12/20

Business allowed to remain open in Tier 2 but suffered a severe loss of income (50%+)

ARG

£467

(first 14 day payment)

£500.36

(second 14 day payment plus 1 day payment)

31/12/20 – 04/01/20

Business allowed to remain open in Tier 3 but suffered a severe loss of income (50%+)

ARG

£166.79

(5 day payment)

05/01/20 onwards

Business forced to close in line with national restrictions

ARG

£1,401

(42 day payment)

 

‘Wet Pub’ that has more than 50% drink sales with a rateable value of £12,000

Date Range

Business Status

Grant Scheme

Grant Payments

05/11/20 – 01/12/20

Business mandated to close in line with national restrictions

LRGS Addendum

£1,334

(28 day payment)

02/12/20 – 30/12/20

Business mandated to close in line with Tier 2 restrictions

LRGS Closed

£667

(first 14 day payment)

£714.64

(second 14 day payment plus 1 day payment)

   

Christmas Support Payment

 £1,000

(one-off payment)

31/12/20 – 04/01/20

Business mandated to close in line with Tier 3 restrictions

LRGS Closed

£238.21

(5 day payment)

05/01/20 onwards

Business mandated to close in line with national restrictions

LRGS Addendum

£2,001

(42 day payment)

   

RHL Top-Up

£4,000

(one-off payment)

 

These are just some examples to show the breakdown in grant funding. They are not a guarantee how your business will qualify.

Successful applicants for LRGS Addendum or ARG in November will be contacted directly by email to apply for further financial support.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO COMPLETE ANOTHER APPLICATION.


General Information

General Criteria

To be eligible, applicants must have legal business status (ie a Unique Tax Reference Number, Company Number or Charity Number).

Businesses will need to verify that they were an active business on the qualifying dates (4 November for national restrictions, 1 December for Tier 2 restrictions and 30 December for Tier 3 restrictions).

See each grant page for more information about specific criteria to each grant scheme.

For a list of businesses required to close under the different tiers, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/closing-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england

State Aid

The LRGS and the ARG count towards State Aid. State Aid refers to any grants or other cashable benefits you have received from a public body that is funded by UK Government or EU funding.

Payments count towards the total de minimis State Aid you’re allowed to get over a 3-year period (€200,000). If you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework. The limit for the Framework is €800,000.

If you proceed to make an application, we will ask you to complete a declaration confirming that you will not exceed the relevant State Aid threshold.

Tax Implications

Grant income received by a business is taxable. The LRGS and ARG will need to be included as income in your next business tax return.

Appeals

Businesses wishing to appeal a grant decision should request a review of their application in writing by email to businessgrants@middevon.gov.uk and quote their submission reference. Appeals will be reviewed by senior officers operating in the Council’s revenues teams.


The Local Restrictions Support Grant For CLOSED Businesses Scheme (LRGS) (Tier 3)

From 31 December businesses required to close by law, such as indoor leisure, entertainment, hospitality and accommodation venues, which have a liability for Business Rates may be eligible to receive the LRGS Closed for each 14-day qualifying period. 

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if it:

Occupies a property on which it is registered for business rates;

Was mandated to close under Tier 3 restrictions

Has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises;

You must have been an active business on the day before local restrictions commenced to qualify (for businesses closed under the previous Tier 2 restrictions and remain closed under Tier 3, this date will be the day before Tier 2 local restrictions commenced)

Hospitality businesses that usually operate primarily as an in-person venue but have been forced to close these services and instead provide takeaway-only or delivery services are eligible.

Restrictions are set out in the following legislation: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/1374/pdfs/uksi_20201374_en.pdf

Full guidance is at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-local-restrictions-support-grant-for-closed-businesses

Grant Values

The level of grants available through the scheme are set out below. These will be applied pro-rata for all the period Mid Devon has been in Tier 3. Payments will be made for each 14-day qualifying period. 

Category

Rateable Value

14 Day Payment

Small

£1 to £15,000

£667

Medium

£15,001 to £50,999

£1,000

Large

£51,000 and above

£1,500

Exclusions

The LRGS Closed (Tier 3) will not be paid to the following:

Businesses who have been able to stay open eg guesthouses and hotels who are able to stay open to offer overnight accommodation to key workers or businesses whose substantive business is a takeaway.

Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to by law will not be eligible for this grant.

Businesses which have already reached the State Aid limit.

Businesses that are not the ratepayer for that business premises.

Businesses which are subject to insolvency, a bankruptcy order or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Applications from landlords for properties where they are not occupying them directly themselves for trading business purposes will not be eligible.

Properties that "home share" (such as airBnB) and advertise solely through home sharing websites are not eligible for this fund.

Nightclubs and adult entertainment venues closed by national restrictions are not eligible for a grant under this scheme; instead these are eligible for the LRSG (Sector) Grant.

Application Process

Businesses who qualified under the LRGS Addendum Scheme (for the national restrictions) will be emailed directly and invited to apply. If you did not apply for the LRGS Addendum Grant previously, you can still apply. Please complete the application form: https://www.middevon.gov.uk/lockdowngrants

Please Note: Payments to eligible businesses will commence once Government funding has been received.

If you have any queries, please contact: businessgrants@middevon.gov.uk


The Local Restrictions Support Grant For OPEN Businesses Scheme (LRGS) (Tier 3)

The Local Restrictions Support Grant Open scheme is available to eligible businesses that provide in-person customer service from their premises and were severely impacted by the local restrictions on socialising in place whilst Mid Devon was in Tier 3.

The LRSG Open is open to eligible businesses that occupy and trade from commercial premises within the district. It can support those that are liable to pay Business Rates, as well as those who occupy commercial premises but are not liable for Business Rates.

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if it is based in a venue in one of the following sectors:

Leisure and tourism venues such as dance and fitness studios, yoga studios, outdoor attractions, gyms, libraries, wedding venues where this is the main business at that premises.

Sports venues such as sports clubs providing outdoor leisure activities such as football clubs, golf clubs, bowling clubs with outdoor greens, riding centres.

You must have been an active business on the day before local restrictions commenced to qualify.

Full guidance is at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-local-restrictions-support-grant-for-open-businesses

Grant Values

The level of grants available through the scheme are set out below. These will be applied pro-rata for all the period Mid Devon has been in Tier 3. Payments will be made for each 14-day qualifying period. 

Category

Rateable Value

14 Day Payment

Small

£0 to £15,000

£467

Medium

£15,001 to £50,999

£700

Large

£51,000 and above

£1,050

Exclusions

The LRGS Open will not be paid to the following:

Businesses which have already reached the State Aid limit.

Businesses which are subject to insolvency, a bankruptcy order or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Properties not used as a hospitality, entertainment or leisure venue.

Applications from landlords for properties where they are not occupying them directly themselves for trading business purposes will not be eligible.

Application Process

Businesses who qualified under the LRGS Addendum Scheme or the Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme (for the national restrictions) will be emailed directly and invited to apply. You do not need to reapply. If you did not apply for the LRGS Addendum or Additional Restrictions Grant previously, you can still apply. Please complete the application form: https://www.middevon.gov.uk/lockdowngrants

If you have any queries, please contact: businessgrants@middevon.gov.uk


The Local Restrictions Support Grant For CLOSED Businesses Scheme (LRGS) (Tier 2)

From 2 December businesses required to close by law, such as pubs and wine bars, which do not serve substantial meals, and have a liability for Business Rates may be eligible to receive the LRGS Closed for each 14-day qualifying period.

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if it:

Occupies a property on which it is registered for business rates;

Was mandated to close under Tier 2 restrictions

Has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises;

You must have been an active business on the day before local restrictions commenced to qualify.

Businesses that usually operate primarily as an in-person venue but have been forced to close these services and instead provide takeaway-only or delivery services are eligible.

Restrictions are set out in the following legislation: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/1374/pdfs/uksi_20201374_en.pdf

Full guidance is at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-local-restrictions-support-grant-for-closed-businesses

Grant Values

The level of grants available through the scheme are set out below. These will be applied pro-rata for all the period Mid Devon has been in Tier 2. Payments will be made for each 14-day qualifying period. 

Category

Rateable Value

14 Day Payment

Small

£1 to £15,000

£667

Medium

£15,001 to £50,999

£1,000

Large

£51,000 and above

£1,500

Exclusions

The LRGS Closed (Tier 2) will not be paid to the following:

Businesses who have been able to stay open because they are deemed to offer substantial meals.

Businesses which have already reached the State Aid limit.

Businesses that are not the ratepayer for that business premises.

Businesses which are subject to insolvency, a bankruptcy order or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Applications from landlords for properties where they are not occupying them directly themselves for trading business purposes will not be eligible.

Application Process

Businesses who qualified under the LRGS Addendum Scheme (for the national restrictions) will be emailed directly and invited to apply. If you did not apply for the LRGS Addendum Grant previously, you can still apply. Please complete the application form: https://www.middevon.gov.uk/lockdowngrants

Please Note: Payments to eligible businesses will commence once Government funding has been received.

Successful eligible applicants will be emailed directly with an invitation to apply for the Christmas Support Grant.

If you have any queries, please contact: businessgrants@middevon.gov.uk


The Local Restrictions Support Grant For OPEN Businesses Scheme (LRGS) (Tier 2)

The Local Restrictions Support Grant Open scheme is available to eligible businesses that provide in-person customer service from their premises and were severely impacted by the local restrictions on socialising in place whilst Mid Devon was in Tier 2.  

The LRSG Open is open to eligible businesses that occupy and trade from commercial premises within the district. It can support those that are liable to pay Business Rates, as well as those who occupy commercial premises but are not liable for Business Rates.

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if it is based in a venue in one of the following sectors:

Hospitality venues such as cafés, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs.

Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks and theme parks.

Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites.

Leisure venues such as dance and fitness studios, yoga studios.

Sports venues such as sports clubs providing outdoor leisure activities such as football clubs, golf clubs, outdoor bowling clubs. 

You must have been an active business on the day before local restrictions commenced to qualify.

Full guidance is at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-local-restrictions-support-grant-for-open-businesses

Grant Values

The level of grants available through the scheme are set out below. These will be applied pro-rata for all the period Mid Devon has been in Tier 2. Payments will be made for each 14-day qualifying period. 

Category

Rateable Value

14 Day Payment

Small

£0 to £15,000

£467

Medium

£15,001 to £50,999

£700

Large

£51,000 and above

£1,050

Exclusions

The LRGS Open will not be paid to the following:

Businesses which have already reached the State Aid limit.

Businesses which are subject to insolvency, a bankruptcy order or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Properties not used as a hospitality, entertainment or leisure venue.

Applications from landlords for properties where they are not occupying them directly themselves for trading business purposes will not be eligible.

Application Process

Businesses who qualified under the LRGS Addendum Scheme or the Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme (for the national restrictions) will be emailed directly and invited to apply. You do not need to reapply. If you did not apply for the LRGS Addendum or Additional Restrictions Grant previously, you can still apply. Please complete the application form: https://www.middevon.gov.uk/lockdowngrants

If you have any queries, please contact: businessgrants@middevon.gov.uk


Christmas Support Payment

Pubs that do not serve substantial meals are invited to claim a one-off £1,000 payment for the Christmas 2020 period.

Further Guidance from the Government is expected. However, outline criteria states that:

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if it:

Occupies a property on which it is registered for business rates;

Was forced to close under Tier 2 restrictions

Has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises;

Pubs and wine bars must have been established before 1 December 2020 and meet all other scheme conditions to be eligible.

Full guidance is at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-christmas-support-payment-for-wet-led-pubs

For the purposes of this grant, pubs should under normal circumstances (without local or national restrictions) be described as: open to the general public, allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided, allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed and permit drinks to be purchased at a bar.

For these purposes, the definition of a pub excludes: restaurants, cafés, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guest houses, boarding houses, sporting venues (including sports bars), music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos.

It is recognised that some pubs may have tried to diversify in response to the challenges posed by local restrictions, including serving more food. For this reason, pubs are asked to evidence their eligibility on the basis that they derived less than 50% of their income from food sales before 11 March 2020 in order to reflect a period prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of evidence could include: copies of accounts showing breakdown between sales of drink and food, expenses information showing suppliers, or other evidence that businesses can provide to show this. Businesses that started after 11 March 2020 should forward evidence from within their trading period.

Exclusions

The Christmas Support payment will not be paid to the following:

Businesses who have been able to stay open because they are deemed to offer substantial meals.

Businesses which have already reached the State Aid limit.

Businesses that are not the ratepayer for that business premises.

Businesses which are subject to insolvency, a bankruptcy order or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Applications from landlords for properties where they are not occupying them directly themselves for trading business purposes will not be eligible.

Application Process

Businesses who qualified under the LRGS Addendum Scheme (for the national restrictions) will be emailed directly and invited to apply. You do not need to reapply. If you did not apply for the LRGS Addendum Grant previously, you can still apply. Please complete the application form: https://www.middevon.gov.uk/lockdowngrants

Successful eligible applicants will be emailed directly with an invitation to apply for the Christmas Support Grant.

Key Dates:

Qualifying period: 02/12/20 – 29/12/20

Applications must be received by no later than 31/01/21.

Local Authorities cannot make payment beyond 28/02/21

If you have applied for the National Lockdown/LRSG Closed for the period of national restrictions (5 November - 2 December), you do not need to apply again. The Council’s Grants Team will use your application to assess your eligibility and contact you to invite you to submit qualifying evidence (see above) and will tell you if any further information is required. Please contact businessgrants@middevon.gov.uk if you have any questions. 

Please Note: Payments to eligible businesses will commence once Government funding has been received.

If you have any queries, please contact: businessgrants@middevon.gov.uk


The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRGS) with ADDENDUM (for the National Restrictions)

The LRGS is for businesses forced to close during this lockdown. This includes businesses in the non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality sectors.

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if it:

Occupies a property on which it is registered for business rates;

Was forced to close for a least 28 days because of the national restrictions

Has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises;

You must have been an active business on the day before restrictions commenced to qualify.

Full guidance is at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-your-business-is-eligible-for-a-coronavirus-grant-due-to-national-restrictions-for-closed-businesses

Grant Values

The LRGS Addendum is broken down into three tiers of funding:

Category

Rateable Value

14 Day Payment

Small

£1 to £15,000

£1,334

Medium

£15,001 to £50,999

£2,000

Large

£51,000 and above

£3,000

Exclusions

The LRGS Addendum will not be paid to the following:

Businesses who have been able to stay open because they are deemed to offer ‘essential retail’ or to guesthouses and hotels who are able to stay open to offer overnight accommodation to key workers.

Businesses whose substantive business is a takeaway.

Businesses that are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can offer their services effectively remotely (eg accountants, solicitors).

Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to by law will not be eligible for this grant. This includes business premises which were already closed directly before the restrictions were imposed.

Businesses which have already reached the State Aid limit.

Businesses that are not the ratepayer for that business premises.

Businesses which are subject to insolvency, a bankruptcy order or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Properties used for parking or personal use are not eligible under this scheme. Similarly, applications from landlords for properties where they are not occupying them directly themselves for trading business purposes will not be eligible.

Grant Process

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY APPLIED FOR A LOCKDOWN GRANT FOR NOVEMBER, YOU DON'T NEED TO COMPLETE ANOTHER APPLICATION FORM.

We'll email you to ask for confirmation that you still require support and for any additional information we may need.

Businesses should apply here for either the LRGS Addendum: https://www.middevon.gov.uk/lockdowngrants


Successful applicants for LRGS Addendum will be contacted directly by email to apply for Tier 2 financial support.

Once you submit your application, please remember to email us at businessgrants@middevon.gov.uk with a copy of your recent bank statement (for the account used by your business) and quote your submission reference. We accept image or PDF files but please make sure they are clear and the required information can be read.

Please Note: Payments to eligible businesses for the January lockdown will commence once Government funding has been received.


The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

UPDATE 02/02/21: The Additional Restrictions Grant Fund is nearly fully allocated.  Applications are being processed on a first-come first-served basis.
Businesses are still able to register an application with us for this fund but please note that we are not processing any new applications for Additional Restrictions funding until all current applications have been processed.


The ARG is for businesses that do not qualify for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRGS) but have suffered a severe loss of income due to the national restrictions or local tiered restrictions.

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if it:

Has been forced to close for a least 28 days because of national or local restrictions but does not have a business rates account (this includes home-based businesses);

Has remained open but has suffered a severe loss of income directly as a result of national or local restrictions (50%+ compared to usual or forecasted income);

You must have been an active business on 4 November 2020 to qualify.

Please note: the ARG is a limited fund and therefore eligibility does not guarantee funding success. All applications will be assessed as per the Council’s ARG Policy.

Grant Values

Businesses are invited to apply for funding support for November, December and January restrictions. Businesses will be asked which period(s) they require support for. ARG funding will be made to qualifying businesses as follows:

Timescale

Non Rated or Rateable Value

up to £15,000

Rateable Value between

£15,001 and £50,999

Rateable Value of

£51,000 and ablove

2 December – 30 December

(Tier 2)

£967.36

£1,450

£2,175

31 December – 4 January

(Tier 3)

£166.39

£250

£375

5 January to 15 February

(Lockdown)

£1,401

£2,100

£3,150

If lockdown or tier measures extend beyond this period, additional ARG may be made available to businesses

(subject to availability) on a pro-rata basis.

In addition to the pro-rata payments, Mid Devon will also be providing one-off top-up payments to eligible businesses affected by the January lockdown:

Timescale

Non Rated or Rateable Value

up to £15,000

Rateable Value between

£15,001 and £50,999

Rateable Value of

£51,000 and ablove

Top Up

(January Lockdown)

£2,000

£3,000

£4,500

Exclusions

The ARG will not be paid to the following:

Properties that "home share" (such as airBnB) and advertise solely through home sharing websites will not be eligible for this fund.

Second homes will not be eligible for this fund.

To ensure that the limited funding is able to help as many distinct businesses as possible, businesses with common directors but single premises will only be eligible for a single grant.

Landlords of properties where they are not occupying them directly themselves for trading business purposes will not be eligible for this fund.

Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant. This includes business premises which were already closed directly before the November restrictions were imposed.

Businesses which have already reached the State Aid limit.

Businesses which are subject to insolvency, a bankruptcy order or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Additional eligibility criteria and exemptions for specific business sectors as outlined in the ARG Policy.

Grant Process

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY APPLIED FOR A LOCKDOWN GRANT FOR NOVEMBER, YOU DON'T NEED TO COMPLETE ANOTHER APPLICATION FORM.

We'll email you to ask for confirmation that you still require support and for any additional information we may need.

Businesses should apply here for either the LRGS Addendum: https://www.middevon.gov.uk/lockdowngrants

Successful applicants for ARG will be contacted directly by email to apply for Tier 2 or Teir 3 financial support.

Once you submit your application, please remember to email us at businessgrants@middevon.gov.uk with a copy of your recent bank statement (for the account used by your business) and quote your submission reference. We accept image or PDF files but please make sure they are clear and the required information can be read.


Retail, Hospitality and Leisure (RHL) Top-Up Grant

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors that are mandated to close as part of the January 2021 Lockdown are invited to claim a one-off top-up grant.

Further Guidance from the Government is expected. However, outline criteria states that:

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if it:

Occupies a property on which it is registered for business rates;

Was forced to close under the January Lockdown restrictions

Has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises;

Grant Values

The RHL Top-Up Grant is broken down into three tiers of funding:

Category

Rateable Value

14 Day Payment

Small

£1 to £15,000

£4,000

Medium

£15,001 to £50,999

£6,000

Large

£51,000 and above

£9,000

Exclusions

The LRGS Closed will not be paid to the following:

Businesses who have been able to stay open because they are deemed to offer ‘essential retail’ or to guesthouses and hotels who are able to stay open to offer overnight accommodation to key workers.

Businesses whose substantive business is a takeaway.

Businesses that are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can offer their services effectively remotely (eg accountants, solicitors).

Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to by law will not be eligible for this grant. This includes business premises which were already closed directly before the November restrictions were imposed.

Businesses which have already reached the State Aid limit.

Businesses that are not the ratepayer for that business premises.

Businesses which are subject to insolvency, a bankruptcy order or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Properties used for parking or personal use are not eligible under this scheme. Similarly, applications from landlords for properties where they are not occupying them directly themselves for trading business purposes will not be eligible.


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the frequently asked questions we’ve received about the:

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) ADDENDUM; and

Additional Restrictions Grant

 

Eligibility:

My business offers takeaway or click and collect; does this still classed as closed under the criteria for the LRGS?

Yes.  Businesses that have adapted their offer to provide takeaways and/or ‘click and collect’ will be eligible under this scheme because their substantive business had to close.  This includes, for example, a restaurant that can no longer receive seated guests but instead provides takeaway food collection or deliveries.

I don’t pay business rates as I receive rate relief, am I eligible for the LRGS?

Businesses who are registered on the business rates list for the property from where they trade can apply for a grant.  This includes businesses that are currently in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief, Retail Relief or Rural Relief.

Can I claim the grant if I’m still trading?

You won’t be eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant but you might be eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant if you have suffered a severe loss of income due to the national restrictions.  For the purposes of this grant scheme, a severe loss of income is deemed to be 50% plus against your normal or forecasted income.

This also applies to businesses who have closed their premises but they and/or their employees are able to continue delivering their main business from home.

I own or occupy more than one business premises – can I make more than one claim for funding?

The Local Restrictions Support Grant is payable per eligible hereditament (meaning per eligible property on the business rates register).  Therefore, you can claim a grant per eligible rateable property that you trade from.

If you have multiple properties against one hereditament (business rates account), you will only be able to apply for one grant.  If you have multiple hereditaments (business rates accounts) for a single trading address, you will also only be able to apply for one grant.

Businesses that conduct their main trade across multiple sites with separate access points and separate utility bills will be able to apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant for more than one address.  If you have multiple business premises where one or more is on the business rates register and one or more isn’t, please contact businessgrants@middevon.gov.uk with information about your properties for advice on how to complete the application form.

The grant application form allows you to submit details for up to three addresses.  If you have any others, please email the information to us at businessgrants@middevon.gov.uk quoting your application submission reference number.

Businesses that trade from multiple sites should enter their main place of trade in Mid Devon (whether this is their registered business address, home address or a single place of trade such as shared workspace or market) on their application.

Note: if you have multiple business rates accounts for business property that is adjacent to each other, with a single access point and the combined rateable value is below £15,000, you might want to consider requesting the rateable accounts to be merged.  Please contact revenues@middevon.gov.uk for more information about this.

I am a commercial tenant and my landlord is responsible for paying the business rates. Can I still claim the funding?

The Local Restrictions Support Grant can only be paid to the account holder responsible for business rates.

Businesses affected by the national restrictions that regularly occupy/trade from properties where they are not responsible for the business rates can apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant.  This also applies to businesses trading/operating from shared workspace sites such as:

·       Market Traders

·       Business and Work Hubs

·       Community Centres and Spaces including Village, School or Church Halls, Town Squares, Sports Pitches

·       Flexible Workspaces such as Therapy Rooms, Pay-to-Trade Salon Stations

·       Other flexible workspaces whereby businesses incur fixed costs for trading from those premises

I work from home – can I claim the funding?

The Local Restrictions Support Grant can only be paid to businesses operating from premises on the business rates register.  However, home-based businesses that have been forced to close or have been severely affected by the current national restrictions can apply for a grant under the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme.

I am a new business – can I claim?

Yes, if you started on or before the qualifying date.

You must hold a legal business status to apply (have either a Unique Tax Reference Number, Company Number or Charity Number).

Are Town and Parish Councils eligible?

Town and Parish Councils are eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant if they meet all the scheme criteria (the precepting authority exclusion does not apply to this fund).

I’m a retail business but I use my premises for storage – am I eligible?

Your property won’t be eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant but your business might be eligible under the Additional Restrictions Grant if you meet the other scheme criteria.

I’m a Landlord and my business tenant vacated the property prior to the qualifying date.  Can I claim the grant for my property?

No, the grant is only for properties that were occupied and trading on the qualifying date.  Landlords of properties where they are not occupying them directly themselves for trading business purposes will not be eligible for either scheme.

I am waiting for a revaluation from the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), with the expectation that my rateable value will increase and put me into a higher grant bracket.  Can I receive the higher grant?

The grants must be awarded against your current rateable value as based on the Business Rates Register at the start of restrictions.  Grant award amounts will not be adjusted (higher or lower) for revaluations that come in after this date.

I started trading on or before the qualifying date but do not yet have a business rates reference number.  How do I apply for the LRGS?

Please contact businessgrants@middevon.gov.uk with your specific details (business name and trading address, the date you commenced trading from this premises and the date you notified the local authority of this change).

 

Claim Process and Paperwork

What documentation do I need to provide when claiming the funding?

You will need to verify your business status by providing either a Company Number, Unique Tax Reference Number or Charity Number. You must also supply a copy of a recent bank statement for the account used by your business.  This should show your Account Name, Account Number, Sort Code and show business transactions.  The purpose of this is to verify your payment information and to evidence that your business was actively trading prior to the National Lockdown.

Businesses may also need to provide additional paperwork as part of anti-fraud checks.

I don’t have a business bank statement

Many small businesses use personal bank accounts instead of business bank accounts.

If you don’t have a business bank account, send us a recent bank statement (less than 1 month old) for the account you do use.  We need to see the front sheet (showing the business name, account number and sort code to verify the details on the claim form) and we will also want to see evidence of business transactions on the account.

When will I receive the funding?

Once you’ve submitted your claim, you don’t need to contact us to find out if it’s been received.  We will contact you if we need any other information.

Payments can take three working days from the date of payment to appear in bank accounts.

We will be undertaking anti-fraud checks on all applications (as required by the Government).  If your application fails this check, this will delay or reject your payment.

Will I have to pay the funding back?

The Local Restrictions Support Grant and Additional Restrictions Grant are one-off grant payments, not a loan, so you won't need to pay this back unless you have made a fraudulent claim.  Businesses can only make one claim per hereditament (business property).

I’ve received a coronavirus grant – does it affect my tax credits?

 Our current understanding is that the following grants count as income for tax credit purposes:

Self-employment Income Support Grant (SEISS)

Small Business grant

Hospitality and Leisure grants: the LRGS Addendum, the LRGS Closed, the Christmas Support Payment, the RHL Top-up, and the former Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (closed August 2020)

Payments to self-employed tax credit claimants from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to help pay employees wages and the Job Retention Scheme £1000 bonus

Payments to self-employed tax credit claimants from the Job Support Scheme to help pay employees wages

Coronavirus discretionary grants paid by Local Authorities - Discretionary Grants includes: the Additional Restrictions Grant, the LRGS Open, and the former Discretionary Grant Scheme (closed August 2020)

The following payments are not counted as income for tax credit purposes:

School meals vouchers

 


Government guidance for for businesses and employees in regards to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The published guidance will:

Assist employers and businesses in providing advice to staff on COVID-19

Give advice on how to prevent its spread

Advise on what to do if someone with suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in a workplace setting

Offer advice to give to individuals who have travelled to specific areas

Advise for the certification of absence from work resulting from COVID-19

COVID-19 The latest Toolkit for Businesses

 

 

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