National lockdown business grant
This grant scheme is now closed.
You could apply for this grant if your business received a business rate bill from us (even if you don’t have to pay anything) and had to close as a result of the national lockdown.
You can read our Lockdown Support Scheme policy.
Additional restriction grant
You could apply for a discretionary grant if your businesses had to close, or if turnover was severely affected by coronavirus restrictions. Businesses already receiving ‘Closed’ grants were not eligible for additional discretionary grants.
It was for businesses in the following sectors:
- supply chain businesses to the above
- taxi drivers with a current valid licence (issued by us)
- taxi proprietors (taxi owners) with current valid documents issued by us
You can read our Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme Policy.
If you applied by Sunday 13 June 2021 and your business was eligible, we will pay for the period up to 26 April 2021.
The fund for this grant is now exhausted.
Additional business support grant
We received a sum of money from Essex County Council to provide support to some businesses that were not eligible for any previous grants.
You can read our Essex Additional Business Support Policy.
This grant scheme closed on 30 July 2021.
Christmas support payments for pubs
Applications for this scheme closed on 28 February 2021.
If you made an application before that date, your application must have been finalised before 31 March 2021 as we are unable to make any payments after that date.
Previous grant funds
Between April 2020 and September 2020, we paid out the following business grant funds to eligible businesses:
- Small Business Grants: 1,739 payments totalling £17,390,000
- Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grants: 699 payments totalling £13,890,000
- Discretionary Grants: 309 payments totalling £1,627,990
These three funds have closed and we are no longer accepting applications for them.
If you received a payment from any of these funds before October 2020, you will need to make a new application for the current grant funds.
You will not automatically receive payments from the new funds. This is because the eligibility criteria are different.
This grant scheme closed on 30 June 2021.
One-off Restart Grants were available to eligible businesses occupying properties on 1 April 2021 that have a rateable value.
The Restart Grant supported businesses to re-open safely as coronavirus restrictions ease. The grant replaced the national lockdown business grants for the period after 31 March 2021.
You could not reapply if your business was already receiving grant. We started making payments to businesses that already received grants up to 31 March 2021.
Non-essential retail businesses may have been eligible for the following amounts, if they occupied a property with a rateable value:
- of exactly £15,000 or under: £2,667
- over £15,000 and less than £51,000: £4,000
- of exactly £51,000 or above: £6,000
Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses may have been eligible for the following amounts, if they occupied a property with a rateable value:
- of exactly £15,000 or under: £8,000
- over £15,000 and less than £51,000: £12,000
- of exactly £51,000 or above: £18,000