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Restart Grants

Last updated: 14 April 2021

The new national Restart Grants scheme (from April 2021) replaces the previous Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) scheme.

Update on payment arrangements

Existing rate-paying LRSG recipients will not need to reapply for Restart Grants. We are finalising the arrangements and hope that it will be possible to make the one-off payments by the end of April.

However, given new national requirements for all councils to run pre-payment checks on grant payments (even for those who have already received a grant), it is unclear whether this might affect our intended timescales.

We will provide further updates on this web page and will notify businesses when payments are about to be made. Please be assured that we are keen to make payments as soon as possible.

New rate-paying business applicants will need to apply. The new application form will be added to this webpage.

What are Restart Grants?

These are one-off payments to business rate-paying businesses, predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public, in the non-essential retail and hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care, gym and sport sectors.

  • 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. They may open later under plans set out in the government’s ‘roadmap’ and will be more impacted by restrictions when they do reopen.

Who is eligible for a Restart Grant?

To qualify for a grant, a business must:

  • be registered for business rates;
  • be 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 that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted Covid-19 business support grant subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding. Read more about subsidy allowances below.

Grant income received by a business is taxable. The Restart Grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.

Restart Grants for non-essential retail

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

  • 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 may be 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, and medical/health services).

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

  • 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

What if my business is not eligible for a Restart Grant?

The Council has a local Additional Business Support Grants scheme, which we are adapting to support businesses in Cambridge that do not qualify for a Restart Grant.

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.