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Restart Grants

Last updated: 1 July 2021.

The application deadline closed at the end of 30 June 2021. No further applications can be submitted.

Completed applications received before the deadline are being assessed against the Restart Grant criteria. We will notify applicants of the outcome. Standard fraud prevention pre-payment checks are then carried out on successful applications. We will let these businesses know when their grant payment is about to be made. Almost all payments to existing LRSG (Closed) grant recipients have already been made.

What are Restart Grants?

The national Restart Grants scheme (from April 2021) replaced the previous Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) scheme. It was for businesses in particular sectors that were registered for business rates.

The scheme has provided one-off payments to business rate-paying businesses, predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care, gym and sport sectors. The grants were aimed at helping these businesses to prepare for opening up safely in line with the government’s roadmap for the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. There have been:

  • grants of up to £6,000 to non-essential retail business premises; and
  • grants of up to £18,000 for business premises in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors.

Who was eligible for a Restart Grant?

To qualify for a grant, a business had to be:

  • registered for business rates;
  • trading on 1 April 2021 (carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover); and
  • not be in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice.

Businesses already in receipt of grant payments above the Covid-19 business support grant subsidy limits have not been eligible. Read more about the subsidy limits below.

Restart Grants for non-essential retail

These have been aimed at business rate-paying businesses open to the public and mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public.

The one-off payments have been based on the business’s rateable value on 1 April 2021. The payments available to non-essential retail businesses in premises in Cambridge have been:

  • Rateable value of £15,000 or under: £2,667
  • Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000: £4,000
  • Rateable value of £51,000 or over: £6,000.

Restart Grants for business in other eligible sectors

Here is a summary of the types of rate-paying business in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care, gym and sport sectors that have been eligible for a Restart Grant.

  • Hospitality: a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink. (Excludes take-aways).
  • Leisure: a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming. (Excludes coach tour operators and tour operators).
  • Accommodation: a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes. (Excludes private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes).
  • Gym and sport: a commercial establishment where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis, using exercise equipment or open floor space with or without instruction, or where individual and group sporting, athletic and physical activities are participated in competitively or recreationally.
  • Personal care: a business which provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing. (Excludes businesses selling personal care goods only, training centres for staff, chiropractors and osteopaths).

The one-off payments have been based on the business’s rateable value on 1 April 2021. The payments available to non-essential retail businesses in premises in Cambridge have been:

  • Rateable value of £15,000 or under: £8,000
  • Rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 : £12,000
  • Rateable value of £51,000 or over: £18,000

New rules on grant subsidy limits

New national rules on grant subsidy limits 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 new rules.

  • 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.