Last updated: 24 December 2020
Businesses in Cambridge with a rateable value that were required to close during the Covid-19 national lockdown (5 November to 1 December 2020) can apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (national lockdown) via this page.
Read our coronavirus information for businesses page to find out more about other Covid-19 grants available.
If your business does not pay business rates (say, because it rents commercial premises or is run from a domestic property in Cambridge), you may be able to apply for an Additional Business Support Grant (phase 1) [link needed] from the Council for the national lockdown period.
An LRSG (national lockdown) grant to cover the four-week period of national lockdown will be paid to each eligible business. Businesses with more than one qualifying property will receive more than one grant.
The rates of payment for businesses eligible for LRSG (national lockdown) grants are set by the government. These are:
- For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants will be £1,334 for the four weeks
- For properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and below £51,000, grants will be £2,000 for the four weeks
- For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, grants will be £3,000 for the four weeks
Local Restrictions Support Grant during the national lockdown
- If your business is in list A, you can apply for a support grant.
- If your business is in list B, you cannot apply for a support grant.
List A: Eligible businesses (businesses and venues that have been ordered to close)
You can claim a support grant if your business is in this list.
Non-essential retail, such as:
- Clothing stores
- Homeware stores
- Vehicle showrooms (other than for rental)
- Betting shops
- Tobacco and vape shops
- Electronic goods and mobile phone shops
- Market stalls selling non-essential goods.
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:
- 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:
- Guest houses
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
- Swimming pools
- Tennis and basketball courts
- Golf courses
- Fitness and dance studios
- Climbing walls
- Archery, driving, and shooting ranges
Entertainment venues, such as:
- Concert halls
- Amusement arcades
- Bingo halls
- Bowling alleys
- Skating rinks
- Go-karting venues
- Soft play centres and areas
- 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
- Massage parlours
List B: Ineligible businesses (businesses and venues that can remain open)
You cannot claim a support grant if your business is in this list.
This includes those providing essential goods or services, including:
- Food shops
- Garden centres
- Hardware stores
- Builders merchants
- Petrol Stations
- Car repair and MOT services
- Bicycle shops
- Taxi businesses
- Vehicle hire businesses
- Building societies
- Post offices
- 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
- Motorway service areas
- Outdoor playgrounds
Apply for a grant
Before you apply, 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