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LRSG (Closed) grant

The national Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) scheme ran until 31 March 2021. It has now been replaced by the new Restart Grants scheme from 1 April 2021.

Last updated: 1 April 2021

Eligible NNDR rate-paying businesses that had already qualified for an LRSG (Closed) grant prior to 15 February 2021 automatically received the final LRSG (Closed) grant payment for 16 February to 31 March 2021.

However, new applications for an LRSG grant for 16 February to 31 March 2021 (from NNDR rate-paying businesses that have not already qualified) can still be made for this final 44-day cycle until the end of 31 May 2021. Please read these instructions, then click on the ‘Apply’ button at the bottom of this page.

Who is it for?

The LRSG (Closed) grants are for:

  • businesses based in premises in Cambridge that are registered for business rates;
  • businesses in the retail, hospitality or leisure sectors and are required to close during Covid-19 lockdowns (see list A below); and
  • businesses that have not already qualified for an LRSG (Closed) grant.

List A: Eligible businesses (businesses and venues that have been ordered to close)

You can apply for an LRSG (Closed) grant if your business premises are featured in this list and they have a rateable value (even if your organisation receives rate relief).

Non-essential retail, such as:

  • Clothing stores
  • Homeware stores
  • Vehicle showrooms (other than for rental)
  • Betting shops
  • Tailors
  • Tobacco and vape shops
  • Electronic goods and mobile phone shops

If your business falls under the above category but has chosen to change its method of operation and to provide takeaway, click and collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) or online services with delivery, it will still be counted as closed and so you are still eligible to apply for a support grant.

Hospitality venues, such as:

  • Cafes
  • Restaurants
  • Pubs
  • Bars
  • Social clubs

However, if your business normally operates as a take away, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery, you are not eligible for a support grant. This is because you are able to continue trading during the national lockdown, and have not been ordered to close.

Accommodation, such as:

  • Hotels
  • Hostels
  • Guest houses
  • Campsites

If your premises acts as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential for someone to stay there for work purposes, you are still eligible for a support grant.

Leisure and sports facilities, such as:

  • Leisure centres
  • Gyms
  • Swimming pools
  • Tennis and basketball courts
  • Golf courses
  • Fitness and dance studios
  • Climbing walls
  • Archery, driving, and shooting ranges

Entertainment venues, such as:

  • Theatres
  • Concert halls
  • Cinemas
  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Casinos
  • Amusement arcades
  • Bingo halls
  • Bowling alleys
  • Skating rinks
  • Go-karting venues
  • Soft play centres and areas
  • Circuses
  • Funfairs
  • Zoos and other animal attractions
  • Water parks and theme parks.

Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open.

Personal care facilities, such as:

  • Hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons.
  • Tattoo parlours and body and skin piercing services
  • Spas
  • Massage parlours

List B: Ineligible businesses (businesses and venues that can remain open)

You cannot claim an LRSG (Closed) grant if your business is in this list. However, if your business is allowed to operate during lockdown but is still severely impacted, you may be apply to apply for an Additional Business Support Grant, subject to eligibility criteria and exclusions.

This includes those providing essential goods or services, including:

  • Food shops
  • Supermarkets
  • Pharmacies
  • Garden centres
  • Hardware stores
  • Builders merchants
  • Off-licences
  • Petrol Stations
  • Car repair and MOT services
  • Bicycle shops
  • Taxi businesses
  • Vehicle hire businesses
  • Banks
  • Building societies
  • Post offices
  • Solicitors
  • Accountants
  • Loan providers
  • Money transfer businesses
  • Funeral directors
  • Launderettes and dry cleaners
  • Medical and dental services
  • Vets and pet shops
  • Agricultural supplies shops
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Car parks
  • Public toilets

New rules on grant subsidy allowances

New national rules on grant subsidy allowances came into effect on 4 March 2021, which recipients of Covid-19 business grants schemes need to follow. These replace previous requirements to comply with EU State Aid rules.

Here is a broad summary of those requirements. Grant applicants will need to consult their own financial advisers if they have any questions about whether they comply with the government’s new rules on subsidy allowances.

  • Under the ‘Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance’, a single economic actor must not receive more than £335,000 in grants over any three-year fiscal period.
  • In cases where this threshold is reached, there is a further ‘Covid-19 Business Grant Allowance’ of a further £1,600,000 per single economic actor.
  • Beyond this threshold, there is a ‘Covid-19 Business Grant Special Allowance’ where applicants may be able to access a further allowance of funding up to a further £9,000,000 per single economic actor, subject to conditions.

Apply for a grant

Before you apply for an LRSG (Closed) grant for 16 February to 31 March 2021, please make sure you have the following:

  • Your Business Rates account reference number – this is on your Business Rates bill
  • Your company number, if you are a limited company
  • Your VAT number, if you are registered to pay VAT
  • Your charity registration number, if applicable
  • The bank account details to which the support grant is to be paid

Apply for an LRSG (Closed) grant