Chelmsford City Council

Grants for businesses affected by coronavirus

Following the announcement that COVID-19 restrictions on businesses are to remain, the government have confirmed that they will not be giving councils any extra money to pay additional grants to businesses.

We have already applied for additional funds, announced in the March budget, for the Additional Restrictions Grant. We have now allocated these funds in full.

The only grants with funds still available are:

  • Business Adaptations Grant (applications close at midnight on 31 December 2021)


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Essex County Council has given us an additional £633,954 for 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 up to £5,000.

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 1 June 2021 and you must have been trading on 4 November 2020.

If you have already received an adaptations grant, you cannot apply for a second grant within two months of your first payment

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

You will need to upload proof of any quotations for work or expenditure after 1 June 2021, so you need to have that ready.

This fund runs until 31 December 2021.

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: 

  • retail
  • leisure
  • hospitality
  • accommodation
  • events
  • 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.


Restart grant

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

The Chancellor announced an extension to the business rates retail relief, which many businesses received in 2020/21. This will continue until 30 June 2021.

From 1 July 2021 until 31 March 2022, the relief will reduce from 100% to 66%. However, the amount of benefit that a single business can receive across all its properties will be capped. Businesses that had to closed on 5 January 2021 will be capped at £2m. Businesses that could open on 5 January 2021 will be capped at £105,000.

We will be sending out our business rates bills on or around 19 March 2021. Where businesses have received retail relief in 2020/21, the bill will show retail relief granted for the whole year. This is to ensure that businesses receiving retail relief will have nothing to pay in April, May and June. We will ask all other businesses to pay their first instalment on 15 April 2021, then instalments are due on the first of the month.

We will be writing to businesses that have received retail relief during April, asking if they are likely to exceed their cap. We will then either reduce retail relief to 66% or remove it altogether from 1 July 2021, depending on the answer.

You can view our coronavirus guidance for Council Tax and benefits.

If you have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace and have been told to self-isolate, you may be entitled to a  self-isolation payment.

For more wide-ranging advice regarding your finances, you may find this Money Navigator Toolproduced by the Money Advice Service helpful.

Keep up to date

We are asking all businesses to sign up to the  Chelmsford business e-newsletterand our closed  Facebook 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. 

 

Other forms of financial assistance

You can also read about other funding schemes offered by external organisations.

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Last updated: 16 August 2021

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