Chelmsford City Council

Chelmsford, along with the rest of England, is now in lockdown until further notice. You can find out what this means and get other useful information on our coronavirus updates page.

Grants for businesses affected by coronavirus

There are a number of different schemes we administer for which you may be eligible. You can apply for all the schemes using the one form. 

The government is reviewing Covid-19 restrictions every two weeks. You only need to apply once for a grant. 

We will pay any grant that is due up to the date of application. We will review applications every time restrictions change to pay any new grant that you are eligible for. 

You only need to apply once, and it will cover all of the following schemes:

  • national lockdown business grant
  • discretionary grants
  • additional restrictions grant
  • business adaptations grant

You can also fill out the Christmas support payment form if you are a 'wet-led' pub.

Update 5 January 2021

The Chancellor has announced funding for further one-off grants for businesses and additional discretionary funding. As soon as we receive the money and guidance, we will pay out these grants to eligible businesses.

If you have already applied for grants since November 2020, you will not need to do anything more to receive the additional grants. 

You should not make multiple applications, as this creates extra work and slows down the rate at which we can make payments.

This does not apply if you only applied for grants between April 2020 and September 2020.

In the meantime, we will continue to pay out any grants that are applicable to the Tier 2, 3 and 4 restriction periods that have been in place since 17 October 2020 for as long they are appropriate.

If you run a pub that derives more than 50% of its income from the sale of drink, you could be eligible for a one-off grant of £1,000.

Apply for a Christmas support payment now.

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If your business receives 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 apply for a grant.   

You can read our  Lockdown Support Scheme policy.

There are two discretionary grant schemes for businesses to apply for.  


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Discretionary grants

Businesses that were under Tier 2 restrictions in Essex from 17 October to 4 November and 2 to 16 December can  apply for a discretionary grant.

This is for businesses in the following sectors:

  • leisure 
  • hospitality
  • accommodation
  • events
  • supply chain businesses

You can read our  Local Restrictions Support Scheme Policy.


Additional restrictions grant

Some businesses that could stay open during the national lockdown, can now  apply for an additional restrictions grant.

This is for businesses in the following sectors:

  • retail
  • leisure
  • hospitality
  • accommodation
  • events
  • supply chain businesses
  • taxi drivers with a current, valid taxi licence (issued by us)

You can read our  Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme Policy.


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Essex County Council has given us £286,000 to give to businesses who have spent money to adapt their business to coronavirus, or who intend to. 

If you are a small or medium size business, you can apply for a one-off grant of:

  • £500
  • £1,000
  • £1,500

You must use this money to adapt your premises and/or operations so you can trade in a Covid-secure way. These grants are only available for any eligible spending that happened after 15 October 2020.

You can read full details of the  Business Adaptation Funding scheme, including eligibility criteria.

You can  apply using the same form as above. You will need to upload proof of any quotations for work or expenditure after 15 October 2020, so you need to have that ready.

We will not make any payments from this fund after 15 February 2021.

Keep up to date

We are asking all businesses to sign up to the Chelmsford business e-newsletterand our closedFacebook Group which is for businesses only. 

We will update these channels as regularly as possible to make sure your business has access to the latest information. 

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.

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Last updated: 11 January 2021

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