Skip to main content

Grant Schemes

Announcements

UPDATE 28/06/21: We have received updated correspondence from BEIS (the Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) regarding the delayed release of Discretionary Funding to Mid Devon. They have confirmed in writing that we will now receive the Discretionary Funding on the 16/7/2021. Within 24 hours of receipt of the funding, we will make our first payment run to all approved applications.  We understand how frustrating this news will be for businesses and the difficulty that this may cause. We have made clear to BEIS that delays in releasing the funding are having a detrimental impact on our business communities. We have been chasing this funding for some time now and thank you for your patience.


Restart Grant

PLEASE NOTE: the Restart Grant is CLOSED to new applications (as of 30 June 2021). The grants table below is shown for information purposes only.

Outline Guidance

Businesses occupying a rateable premises, that were mandated to close under national restrictions (eg non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality), may be eligible for grants under the following schemes: Grants of up to £6,000 will be paid to non-essential retail business premises, to help them reopen safely. Grants of up to £18,000 will be allocated to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises, which may open later under plans set out in the roadmap and will be more impacted by restrictions when they do reopen. The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses that are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public in the aforementioned sectors.

Strand

STRAND ONE

STRAND TWO

Business Sector(s)

Non-Essential Retail

Hospitality

Leisure

Accommodation

Gym & Sports

Personal Care

Payment Period

One-off Grant

One-off Grant

Eligibility Date

01/04/21

01/04/21

Grant Scheme Launch Date

16/04/21

16/04/21

Application Deadline

CLOSED

CLOSED

Payment Deadline

31/07/21

31/07/21

Grant amounts (rated property below £15k)

£2,667

£8,000

Grant amounts (rated property more than £15k, less than £51k)

£4,000

£12,000

Grant amounts (rated property more than £51k)

£6,000

£18,000

Rateable Premises?

YES

YES

 

Grant per business

  • One per eligible hereditament (rated property)
  • Businesses can only receive a grant under either Strand 1 or Strand 2 (not both) for each eligible property

Eligibility Criteria

Businesses must:

  • Be solvent
  • Have not exceeded the State Aid threshold
  • Usually provide an in-person customer service from its premises
  • Have legal business status (ie a Unique Tax Reference Number, Company Number or Charity Number).

Exclusions

The Restart grants will not be paid to the following:

  • 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.
  • Businesses that do not usually provide an in-person customer service from its premises will not be eligible.
  • Properties used for parking, storage or personal use are not eligible under this scheme.
  • Businesses that were not actively trading on the qualifying date(s).
  • Businesses outside the scope of the funding scheme, as defined by Government, are also excluded.

Additional Information

  • The Restart Grant is an entirely separate funding scheme to previous schemes with new Government-set eligibility criteria. Eligibility for a retail, leisure or tourism grant under previous schemes does not guarantee eligibility under this scheme (and vice versa).
  • Businesses that have elements under both strands of the Restart Grant will be paid according to their main business activity. Businesses must email us with evidence to demonstrate that more than 50% of their trade occurs within the activity that would qualify them for the higher grant.
  • Please note: Changes may happen in accordance with Government guidance (changes can be advised at very short notice).
  • Full guidance about this scheme is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-a-coronavirus-restart-grant

Grant Application Process

  • The Restart Grant is a separate grant scheme to the previous grant scheme and the Government require additional information before we can process payments. All businesses need to supply a recent copy of a bank statement for the account used by the business along with a copy of a recent utility bill.
  • The application process for this grant is in two formats – please check below first before applying:

1) Businesses in qualifying sectors that previously received Local Restrictions Grant Funding (November 2020 – March 2021): we will contact Mid Devon businesses via email who previously received a Local Restrictions Support Grant with a smaller version of the application form. Businesses will need to reply to this email with the answers to the questions and provide the additional evidence requested. Upon receipt of this, we will update your previous grant application to include the additional information and carry this forward for the new Restart scheme. Please note: if any of your business details have changed (eg you have changed bank details or moved premises) you must let us know.

2) Businesses that did not apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant: if you did not apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (even if you received the earlier Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant in summer 2020), you will need to complete a new application form for this grant. This application form will go live on our website from Friday 16 April 2021.

  • All applications must go through required pre-payment and post-payment checks on Government audit systems. We cannot make payments to businesses until they have passed the first check.

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


Additional Restrictions Restart Grant

PLEASE NOTE: the Additional Restrictions Restart Grant is CLOSED to new applications (as of 30 June 2021). The grants table below is shown for information purposes only.

Businesses not eligible for a Restart Grant but which have been affected by the COVID restrictions and are preparing to reopen their business following the recent lockdown, or supply businesses preparing to reopen, may be eligible for an Additional Restrictions Restart Grant. This is a discretionary grant and is not intended to supplement lost income. Instead it is to support businesses with expenses incurred whilst that business goes through the reopening process. Examples of potentially eligible business types include (but are not limited to):

  • Essential retailers (eg farm shops with cafés, garden centres with cafés, food retailers, newsagents)
  • Travel operators (eg coach companies)
  • Food and drink producers (supplying local hospitality companies)
  • Retail, leisure and tourism supply businesses (including wedding and event related businesses)
  • Personal Services businesses that rely on visiting other people’s homes for their main business (such as mobile hairdressers, beauticians, personal trainers and others)
  • Market Traders (who regularly trade at a Market in Mid Devon)
  • Event Organisers (such as festivals, corporate events, fun fairs)
  • Private Caterers (such as wedding and event catering who don’t normally offer a takeaway service)
  • Driving Instructors, Taxi Drivers and other mobile businesses
  • Other businesses that operate from shared workspaces (such as swimming teachers, yoga instructors at community halls, hairdressers at pay-to-trade salon stations and other venues where a business trades but isn’t responsible for paying business rates)

 

Payment Period

One-off Grant

Eligibility Date

01/04/21

Grant Scheme Launch Date

16/04/21

Application Deadline

CLOSED

Payment Deadline

31/07/21

Grant amounts (fixed grant value)

One-off grant of either £500 or £1,500 depending on business circumstances

 

Grant per business

  • One per eligible business (not per hereditament)

 

Eligibility Criteria

Businesses must:

  • Be solvent
  • Have not exceeded the State Aid threshold
  • Have legal business status (ie a Unique Tax Reference Number, Company Number or Charity Number)
  • Have £170pcm minimum normal business related expenses

 

Exclusions

The ARG 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.
  • Applications from landlords for properties where they are not occupying them directly themselves for trading business purposes will not be eligible.
  • Businesses premises are used for storage or parking will not be eligible.
  • Businesses that were not actively trading on the qualifying date(s).
  • Businesses in properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or above (where they are the responsible party)
  • Businesses not based in Mid Devon unless more than 50% of their trade is based in Mid Devon.
  • 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/owners but single premises will only be eligible for a single grant.
  • As the grant is paid per business not per hereditament, if a business qualifies for a Restart Grant, they will not be eligible for a grant from this scheme.
  • Additional eligibility criteria and exemptions for specific business sectors as outlined in the ARG Policy.

Additional Information

  • Please note: the ARG is a limited fund and therefore eligibility does not guarantee funding success. All applications are processed on a first come, first served basis and assessed as per the Council’s ARG Policy.

Grant Application Process

  • The Additional Restrictions Restart Grant is a separate grant scheme to the previous Additional Restrictions Grant scheme and the Government require additional information before we can process payments. All businesses need to supply a recent copy of a bank statement for the account used by the business along with a copy of a recent utility bill.
  • As the Government intend this grant scheme covers business expenses and not supplement loss of income, businesses need to provide examples of expenses they have, totalling at least £170pcm. Examples of business expenses include, but are not limited to:
      • Utility Bills (water, phone, broadband, electric, gas etc)
      • Supplier Invoices (for consumables, standard tools/equipment or services eg trade waste, safety inspection/certification – does not include purchase of stock for selling)
      • Property Expenses (rates, business rent, business mortgage, pay-to-trade commission fees, travel expenses for mobile businesses)
      • Insurance (related to the business eg Public Liability, Employer Liability, Equipment Insurance, Car Insurance for business use)
      • Travel Expenses
      • Other business expenses included on your annual tax return
  • You may wish to submit a recent tax return to evidence your business expenses. A random sample of 4% will be selected for additional spot-checks and will be required to supply a copy of a recent tax return to verify expenses.
  • Where it is not obvious how a business has been affected by reopening arrangements, we will seek further clarification.

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


Local Restrictions Support Grant

PLEASE NOTE: the Local Restrictions Support Grant is CLOSED to new applications for all schemes. The grants table below is shown for information purposes only.

Businesses occupying a rateable premises, that are mandated to close under national restrictions (eg non-essential (NE) retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality), may be eligible for grants under the following schemes:

Restrictions

National Restrictions (Lockdown)

National Restrictions (Lockdown)

TIER 2 Local Restrictions

TIER 2 Local Restrictions

TIER 2 Local Restrictions

TIER 3 Local Restrictions

TIER 3 Local Restrictions

National Restrictions (Lockdown)

National Restrictions (Lockdown)

National Restrictions (Lockdown)

Grant Scheme

Local Restrictions Support Grant SECTOR

(NIGHT CLUBS ONLY)

Local Restrictions Support Grant CLOSED with ADDENDUM

Tier 2 Local Restrictions Support Grant CLOSED

Tier 2 Local Restrictions Support Grant OPEN

Christmas Support Payment (WET PUBS ONLY)

Tier 3 Local Restrictions Support Grant CLOSED

Tier 3 Local Restrictions Support Grant OPEN

Local Restrictions Support Grant CLOSED with ADDENDUM

Local Restrictions Support Grant CLOSED with ADDENDUM

Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (RHL Top-Up)

Date Range

01/11/20 – 01/12/20

05/11/20 – 01/12/20

02/12/20 – 30/12/20

02/12/20 – 30/12/20

One-off

31/12/20 – 04/01/21

31/12/20 – 04/01/21

05/01/21 – 15/02/21

16/02/21 – 31/03/21

One-off

Payment Period

32 Days*

28 Days*

29 Days

29 Days

One-off

5 Days

5 Days

42 Days

44 Days

One-off

Eligibility Start Date

31/10/20

04/11/20

01/12/2020

01/12/2020

28/12/20

30/12/2020

30/12/2020

04/01/21

04/01/21

04/01/21

Application Deadline

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

Grant amounts (rated property below £15k)

£1,524.57

£1,334.00

£1,381.64 split into two payments:

1)  £667.00

2)  £714.64

£967.36 split into two payments:

1)  £467.00

2)  £500.36

£1,000.00

£238.21

£166.79

£2,001.00

£2,096.00

£4,000.00

Grant amounts (rated property more than £15k, less than £51k)

£2,285.71

£2,000.00

£2,071.42 split into two payments:

1)  £1,000.00

2)  £1,071.42

£1,450.00 split into two payments:

1)  £700.00

2)  £750.00

£1,000.00

£357.14

£250.00

£3,000.00

£3,143.00

£6,000.00

Grant amounts (rated property more than £51k)

£3,428.57

£3,000.00

£3,107.14 split into two payments:

1)  £1,500.00

2)  £1,607.14

£2,175 split into two payments:

1)  £1,050.00

2)  £1,125.00

£1,000.00

£535.71

£375.00

£4,500.00

£4,714.00

£9,000.00

Mandated to Close?

YES

YES

YES

NO

YES

YES

NO

YES

YES

YES

Rateable Premises?

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Business Sectors

Leisure (Night Clubs only)

NE Retail

Hospitality

Leisure

Hospitality (Wet-Led only)

NE Retail

Leisure

Hospitality (Wet-Led only)

Hospitality (all)

NE Retail

Leisure

NE Retail

Hospitality

Leisure

NE Retail

Hospitality

Leisure

NE Retail

Hospitality

Leisure

* The November National Restrictions closed a day earlier but payments are made at the original 28-Day equivalent (LRGS ADDENDUM) / 32-Day equivalent (LRGS SECTOR) in accordance with Government guidance.


General Guidance

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 a copy of a recent utility bill. Please remember to 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 application. Businesses receiving additional support under subsequent grant schemes will be subject to repeat anti-fraud checks. A random sample of 10% will be selected for this purpose.

A credit application search may be carried out on the credit report of the organisation that has applied for a grant. This can affect their credit score.


Payment Guidance

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

As the grants are paid per hereditament (rateable property), businesses may be eligible for more than one grant scheme.

We have not yet received funding for the Restart Grant schemes and we cannot pay grants before we receive the funding; as soon as this comes through, approved complete applications will be processed for payment.

We are waiting for the remaining 10% of funding for the Local Restrictions Support Grant OPEN scheme.

Payment runs are twice weekly, usually on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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


General Information

General Criteria

Businesses will need to verify that they were an active business on the qualifying dates (see tables above).

By accepting a grant payment, the business confirms that they are eligible for the grant schemes.

Businesses must notify Mid Devon District Council if they no longer meet the eligibility criteria for further grants. For example, if they become insolvent.

State Aid

All of the business grants awarded by Mid Devon District Council count towards State Aid.

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 and 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.


Other Financial Support

Here are links to other financial support schemes for businesses:


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).

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

 

 

Feedback form

500 character(s) left.
500 character(s) left.
500 character(s) left.