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31 Mar 2021

Check your eligibility for Restart Grants

The Government's Restart Grants of up to £6,000 will be available to retailers from tomorrow (Thursday, April 1, 2021).

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in reopening safely as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and retailers are urged to submit applications immediately.

Eligible businesses in the non-essential retail sector may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £6,000 from their local council.

Eligible businesses in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £18,000 from their local council.

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if it is:

  • based in England
  • rate-paying
  • in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care or gym sectors
  • trading on 1 April 2021

Businesses excluded from the fund

You cannot get funding if your business:

  • is in administration, insolvent or has been struck off the Companies House register
  • has exceeded the permitted subsidy allowance

Further information

  • The grants are tapered depending on local business rate levels. Businesses appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on April 1, 2021, will receive a payment of £2,667.
  • Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on April 1, 2021, will receive a payment of £4,000.
  • Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or over on April 1, 2021, will receive a payment of £6,000.
  • The Restart Grant will also support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises with one-off grants of up to £18,000 in Strand Two of the Restart Grant
  • This funding will be a one-off lump sum payment from April 1, 2021. Local authorities will be responsible for delivering the funding to eligible businesses.
  • The Restart Grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business. Only businesses that make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.
  • Payments made to businesses before April 5, 2021, will fall into the 2020/21 tax year. Payments after April 6, 2021, will fall into the 2021/22 tax year. Unincorporated businesses will be taxed when they receive the grant income.
  • Local authorities are required to undertake prepayment checks for all Restart Grant payments. This is a stricter position than that taken for previous Covid-19 business support grant schemes. These checks are required to be undertaken before any payments are issued to businesses, and can be commenced in advance of April 1, 2021. This requirement is not limited to new applicants and should look at both the company and the company’s bank account.

Read the Government's full guidance

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