Coronavirus (COVID-19) business grants

Support for businesses

Financial support is available for businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Grants you may be able to claim

You may be able to claim Tier 2, 3, 4 and national restrictions support if you pay business rates and your business has either been forced to close or is severely affected by local restrictions from 2 December 2020.

Additionally, the government announced in its budget on 3 March 2021 that, under the Restart Grant Scheme, businesses will be entitled to grants of up to:

  • £6,000 in the 'non-essential' retail sector
  • £18,000 in the hospitality and leisure sectors

If you have already registered your details for other grants from 2 December 2020, you don't have to register again for these new grants. We will assess your eligibility automatically and pay grants as soon as possible. If you believe you may be eligible but have not yet registered your details, you can do so via our Tier 2, 3, 4 and national restrictions support page.

If your business is not eligible for Tier 2, 3, 4 and national restrictions support but has been severely affected by restrictions from 2 December 2020 up to, and including, 31 January 2021, you may be eligible for a local restrictions discretionary support grant.

You may be able to claim a national restrictions support grant if your business was required to close during the period of restrictions from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020.

Assistance with business rates

Businesses in the hospitality, retail and leisure sectors are entitled to reductions in the business rates bills for 2021/22. If your business is eligible, your business rates bill will be:

  • reduced by 100% for the period from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021
  • reduced by two-thirds for the period from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022

For more information, go to our business rates pages.

Grants you can no longer claim

The discretionary support scheme for businesses severely affected by restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020, but that did not qualify automatically for a grant, closed on 13 January 2021. The following government schemes ended on 28 August 2020:

  • Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF)
  • Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme

Further information and advice

For government information and advice, go to: