COVID-19 business support grants

Find out more about COVID-19 business support grants.

The Government announced a number of grant schemes for business which were required to close due to local or national restrictions, and also for those which remained open during Covid restrictions, but were severely impacted by them. The council also established a number of further grants for businesses in Northumberland, using Additional Restrictions Grant allocated by Government.

Last updated 19 July 2021.

GRANTS LATEST: 
  • A new grant scheme has been launched.  The Northumberland Covid Recovery Grant can help businesses in Northumberland which have been significantly adversely impacted by Covid-19 and that have a credible and costed plan for recovery. See more below.
The following grant is open for applications. See the sections below for details of the grants which the council has been administering in recent months.

Northumberland Covid Recovery Grant


The Northumberland Covid Recovery Grant is a £1million fund aimed at helping businesses in the county to recover from the effects of Covid-19.

It has been established to provide financial support to Northumberland-based businesses to help them implement a credible plan to recover from the financial effects of Covid-19.

Applicants must create and articulate a recovery plan and will be expected to submit this as part of the application process.

Following are some key details about the grant.  You can read the full guidance document here.

To qualify for a grant, all businesses must satisfy the following criteria:
  • Have a significant operational base and / or employees in Northumberland
  • Be established prior to 1 April 2021
  • Be in any format (limited company, sole trader etc) set up for profit and registered to pay tax on profit
  • Be in any sector, with some exceptions (see ineligible section of guidance document)
  • Employ fewer than 250 people in Northumberland
  • Operate a business bank account, separating personal and business finance, which has been established prior to 1 April 2021
  • Be able to demonstrate significant adverse impact from Covid-19
  • Be able to demonstrate solvency
  • Be able to outline a credible and costed recovery plan
  • Be able to fund their share of the recovery plan
 
Who is not eligible?

Full details are in the guidance document, but home-based and mobile businesses, registered charities and organisations that provide social welfare and community facilities will not be eligible for this grant.
 

How much is the grant and when will it be paid?

The fund will provide a grant of 40% of eligible project costs, with a minimum grant of £6,000 per company and a maximum grant of £20,000 per company (i.e. total project value between £15,000 and £50,000), subject to subsidy control.
 

Do state aid rules apply?

Yes, if you were to breach State Aid or Subsidy Control rules by receiving grant payments under this scheme then you will not be eligible.
 

Where can I get further advice and support

Businesses wishing to apply for the recovery grant can also access support from Advance Northumberland Business Advisors, by email to businesshub@northumberland.gov.uk

If you are a business in the visitor economy you will be able to access targeted support and advice from Visit Northumberland. This support can be accessed by email to info@visitnorthumberland.com
 

How to apply

If you meet the criteria for the Northumberland Covid Recovery Grant, you can apply online at the link below.  We will review your application and let you know if you are entitled to a payment.  
 
Please note that you have to supply a range of information during the application, including your recovery plan, and complete a declaration. It is important that you have all the information ready before you begin the application process, as it cannot be paused and saved.

If you have queries about the scheme you can email businesshub@northumberland.gov.uk
   

Click here to apply for a Northumberland Covid Recovery Grant

 

List of business support grants no longer available for application. This information is for your reference only - the following grants are CLOSED and applications can no longer be accepted.

Click on the titles below to see more information about each grant:

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this scheme closed on 31 March 2021. 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) is designed to help businesses that have been required to close due to the government’s national restrictions from 5 November until 2 December 2020.

To qualify for this grant, your business must be in Northumberland and have been: 
  • open as usual before the restrictions. 
  • providing services in person to customers from the premises. 
  • required to close due to restrictions imposed by government. 
  • liable for business rates for the premises before restrictions started. 
Businesses required to close under national restrictions are: 
  • Non-essential retail such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. 
  • Hospitality such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs. 
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. 
  • Leisure such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, fitness and dance studios, and sports facilities. 
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues and soft play centres. 
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning, nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services. 
  • Community centres and halls 
  • Places of Worship (apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals). (Please note that churches are not subject to business rates so will not be eligible to apply for this grant) 
You can see more full details of these business sectors on the Gov.uk website here.

Your business will not qualify for support under this scheme if it was in administration, insolvent or a striking off order was made at the time local restrictions started.
 
How much is the grant and when will it be paid?
The amount you get depends on the rateable value of your premises. You will receive support on a rolling 28 day basis for the period that the national restrictions applied, as shown below.
Rateable value of premises Grant payment 28 day restriction period
£15,000 or under £1,334
£15,001 - £50,999 £2,000
£51,000 or over £3,000
 

Do state aid rules apply?
You can find the rateable value of your premises on your latest business rates bill, or you can check it on the central rating list at this link

The Local Restrictions Support Grant counts towards state aid. The rules are fully explained in the government state aid guidance. By accepting this grant you must confirm that you are not in breach of these rules. If your business received a Small Business Grant, Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant or Discretionary Grant earlier this year please include the details on your application.

For your reference, you can still read scheme guidance etc. below:

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this scheme closed on 31 March 2021.

While Northumberland is in Tier 3, many hospitality businesses remain closed. If your business has remained closed from 2 December onwards you may be eligible for this grant. 
Businesses who might qualify for this scheme are those who were successful applicants under the Local Restrictions Support Grant Closed (Addendum) scheme (above) which covered the period 5 November to 2 December. 
 
To make it easier for you to apply, if your business is eligible,  we will email you with a link to a short electronic form. The form prompts you to confirm certain information and complete a declaration. Once we receive a valid form we will process a payment which will cover the 4-week period from 2 December 2020. 
 
 
How much is the grant? 
If your business is eligible, during this period you'll receive the following payment amounts:
Rateable value of premises Payment per 14-day restriction period
£15,000 or under £667
£15,001 - £50,999 £1,000
£51,000 or over £1,500

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this scheme closed on 31 March 2021.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is being used to allow more businesses in Northumberland to be supported from the Local Restriction Support Grant (Open) and the Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) Addendum schemes.
 
The Additional Restrictions Grant (Closed) will support businesses in the categories in the (Closed) Addendum scheme above, which were closed from 5 November to 2 December, but which do not have a rateable value (do not pay business rates) and can demonstrate that they have a minimum of £200 a month of non-residential* fixed property costs.

A full list of what businesses are included can be found here.

Businesses must also have been trading on 4 November 2020.  They must also not be classed as ‘home-based’with the exception of B&Bs, which can include *residential property costs.
 
For your reference, you can still read scheme guidance etc. below:

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this scheme closed on 31 March 2021.

This scheme will provide additional financial support to businesses that were legally required to close by Government during the Tier 4 restrictions between 31 December 2020 and 4 January 2021.
These include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses, and a full list can be found on the Government website here.
 
To make it easier for you to apply, if your business is eligible, we will email you with a link to a short electronic form. The form prompts you to confirm certain information and complete a declaration. Once we receive a valid form we will process a payment which will cover the five day period, as below.
 

How much is the grant?
If your business is eligible, during this period you'll receive the following payment amounts: 
Rateable value of premises Payment for the five-day restriction period
£15,000 or under £238.21
£15,001 - £50,999 £357.14
£51,000 or over £535.71

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this scheme closed on 31 March 2021.

This scheme is an extension to the above Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Tier 4 scheme and will provide financial support to businesses that were legally required to close by Government during the current national lockdown, which started on 5 January 2021 
 
These include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses, and a full list can be found on the Government website here. 
 
The grant will be for a 42-day period covering 5 January to 15 February 2021. 
 
To make it easier for you to apply, if your business is eligible, we will email you with a link to a short electronic form. The form prompts you to confirm certain information and complete a declaration. Once we receive a valid form we will process a payment which will cover the forty-two-day period, as below. 
  
You can read the full guidance for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards here.

How much is the grant?
If your business is eligible, during this period you'll receive the following payment amounts: 
Rateable value of premises Payment for the 42-day period from 5 January to 15 February
£15,000 £2,001.00
£15,001 - £50,999 £3,000.00
£51,000 or over £4,500.00

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this scheme closed on 31 March 2021.

This one-off payment is part of the package announced by Government to support businesses which have been required to close from 5 January 2021 due to national restrictions 
 
It is for businesses which have been legally required to close, including non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses A full list can be found on the Government website here. 
 
To make it easier for you to apply, if your business is eligible, we will email you with a link to a short electronic form. The form prompts you to confirm certain information and complete a declaration. Once we receive a valid form we will process a payment, with the amounts shown below. 
  
How much is the grant?
If your business is eligible, you'll receive the following one-off payment amount:
Rateable value of premises Payment
£15,000 or under £4,000.00
£15,001 - £50,999 £6,000.00
£51,000 or over £9,000.00

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this scheme are now closed.

Businesses in the hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure sectors which remained open but were adversely affected by the local restrictions which came into force in Northumberland on 18 September could be eligible for a grant under this scheme.
Eligible business will be able to claim a grant for the period from 18 September to 4 November 2020, and applications can be made retrospectively.
 
To qualify for this grant, a business must be in Northumberland and have been:  
  •  open as usual before the restrictions.  
  •  providing services in person to customers from the premises.  
  •  have remained open but been severely impacted by the local restrictions 
  •  liable for business rates for the premises before restrictions started. 
Your business will not qualify for support under this scheme if it was in administration, insolvent or a striking off order was made at the time local restrictions started. 

How much is the grant? 
The amount you get depends on the rateable value of your premises. If you are covered by the scheme, you will receive the payment for the full period you were affected, as follows: 
Rateable value of premises Total payment per week Total payment for 7 weeks from 18 September to 4 November 2020
£15,000 or under £233.50 £1,634.50
£15,001 - £50,999 £350.00 £2,450.00
£51,000 or over £525.00 £3,675.00

You can find the rateable value of your premises on your latest business rates bill, or you can check it on the central rating list here.

 Do state aid rules apply? 
The Local Restrictions Support Grant counts towards state aid. The rules are fully explained in the government state aid guidance. By accepting this grant you must confirm that you are not in breach of these rules. If your business received a Small Business Grant, Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant or Discretionary Grant earlier this year please include the details on your application.

For your reference, you can still read scheme guidance etc. below:

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this scheme are now closed.

If your business was able to re-open when the county moved into Tier 3, but it is severely impacted by the restrictions, you may still be eligible for support from 2 December onwards under this scheme.
Businesses who might qualify for this scheme are those who were successful applicants under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) scheme (above) which covered the period 18 September to 4 November (before the national lockdown).
 
To make it easier for you to apply, if you business is eligible, we will email you with a link to a short electronic form. The form prompts you to confirm certain information, including information about a loss in income due to Covid-19, and completion of a declaration. Once we receive a valid form we will process a payment which will cover the 4-week period from 2 December 2020. 
 
You can read the full guidance for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) Version 2 here.

How much is the grant? 
If your business is eligible, during this period you'll receive the following payment amounts: 
Rateable value of premises Payment per 14-day restriction period
£15,000 or under £467
£15,001 - £50,999 £700
£51,000 or over £1,050

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this scheme are now closed.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is being used to allow more businesses in Northumberland to be supported from the Local Restriction Support Grant (Open) and the Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) Addendum schemes.
 
As in the (Open) scheme above, the Additional Restrictions Grant (Open) is aimed at businesses operating in the hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure sectors which have remained open between 18 September and 4 November 2020, but were severely impacted by local and national restrictions. The difference with the Additional Restrictions Grant (Open) scheme is that it can also support: 
  • Businesses which don’t have a rateable value (don’t pay business rates) but still incur non-residential* fixed property costs of over £200 per month 
or
  • Businesses which directly supply other businesses in the hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure sectors, and incur non-residential* fixed property costs of over £200 per month
Applicants must also have been trading on 17 September 2020 and have remained open but have been severely impacted by restrictions. They must also not be classed as ‘home-based’, with the exception of B&Bs, which can include *residential property costs.
 
For your reference, you can still read scheme guidance etc. below:

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this scheme closed on 31 March 2021.

This grant is now open for applications. Businesses which were required to close in March and have not yet been able to re-open, for example nightclubs, are eligible for a grant effective from 1 November 2020 under this scheme. 

Businesses required to close in March 2020 and remain closed under national restrictions are: 
  • Nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques 
  • Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars 
Please note: This scheme will only cover the period from 1 to 4 November 2020, and if your business is in these categories you may also be eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum. 
 
To qualify for this grant, a business must be in Northumberland and have been:   
  •  open as usual before the restrictions, ie up to 2March 2020.   
  •  providing services in person to customers from the premises.   
  •  have been legally required to close due to national restrictions from 24 March 2020, and remained closed since that date.  
  •  liable for business rates for the premises before restrictions started.  
If you have adapted your business and as a result been able to open at some time since 24 March, for example changing it from a nightclub to a bar, then you will not be entitled to this grant.  You may however be eligible for support under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) or Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) schemes. 
 
Your business will not qualify for support under this scheme if it was in administration, insolvent or a striking off order was made at the time local restrictions started. 
 
How much is the grant? 
The amount you get depends on the rateable value of your premises. You will receive support for the 4-day period of closure from 1 November 2020 to 4 November as follows: 
Rateable value of premises Value of payment
£15,000 or under £191.00
£15,001 - £50,999 £286.00
£51,000 or over £429.00
 

You can find the rateable value of your premises on your latest business rates bill, or you can check it on the central rating list at this link

Do state aid rules apply? 
The Local Restrictions Support Grant counts towards state aid. The rules are fully explained in the government state aid guidance. By accepting this grant you must confirm that you are not in breach of these rules. If your business received a Small Business Grant, Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant or Discretionary Grant earlier this year please include the details on your application.

For your reference, you can still read scheme guidance etc. below:

PLEASE NOTE: Applications closed 3 January 2021.

It is a one-off payment for self-employed licensed taxi and private hire drivers who have suffered loss of income due to wider Covid-19 restrictions having an impact on their trade.
 
To qualify for this grant, you must be a taxi or private hire driver licensed by Northumberland County Council and: 
  • been licensed by Northumberland County Council on 18 September 2020;  
  • have not already received a Covid19 Local Restriction Support or Additional Restrictions Grant  from the County Council; and  
  • not received Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) during the period 18 September 2020 and 1 December 2020.  
Your will not qualify for support under this scheme if you are bankrupt, or have they received a Statutory Demand or Bankruptcy Petition since 18 September 2020.

How much is the grant and when will it be paid? 
This grant is a one-off payment of £500, and will be paid after an applicant has been assessed as eligible for the grant scheme.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications closed 3 January 2021.

To qualify for this grant, you must be a taxi or private hire driver and have been licensed by Northumberland County Council on 18 September 2020. 

You will not qualify for support under this scheme if you are bankrupt, or have they received a Statutory Demand or Bankruptcy Petition since 18 September 2020. 

How much is the grant and when will it be paid?
This grant is a one-off payment of £200, and will be paid after an applicant has been assessed as eligible for the grant scheme.   

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this scheme closed on 31 March 2021.

Version 3 of the Additional Restrictions Grant (Taxi) is a one-off payment of £500 to support self-employed taxi drivers within Northumberlandas a contribution to continued fixed costs. 
To qualify for this grant, you must be a self-employed taxi or private hire driver and have been licensed by Northumberland County Council on 18 September 2020.  
  
You will not qualify for support under this scheme if you are bankrupt, or have received a Statutory Demand or Bankruptcy Petition since 18 September 2020.  
 
Businesses who qualify for this scheme are those who were successful applicants under the Additional Restrictions Grant (Taxi) Version 1 and / or Version 2. 
 
For your reference, you can still read scheme guidance etc. below:

PLEASE NOTE: Applications closed on 28 February 2021.

This grant scheme is a one-off payment for pubs in Northumberland which derive less than half of their income from food sales 
 
To qualify for this grant, you must be a pub in Northumberland which derives less than half of your income from food, and have been:
  • open to the general public; 
  • allowed free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided; 
  • allowed drinking without requiring food to be consumed; 
  • permit drinks to be purchased at a bar; and 
  • Been liable for business rates in Northumberland on 1 December 2020. 
Your business will not qualify for support under this scheme if it was in administration, insolvent or a striking off order was made at the time local restrictions started.

How much is the grant and when will it be paid?
This grant is a one-off payment of £1,000, and will be paid after an applicant has been assessed as eligible for the grant scheme.
Do state aid rules apply?
The Christmas Support Payment for Wet Led Pubs counts towards state aid. The rules are fully explained in the government state aid guidance. By accepting this grant you must confirm that you are not in breach of these rules.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this scheme are now closed.

The Business Resilience Grant is aimed at businesses which have commercial premises with a rateable value within the Northumberland County Council's business rates system, which have remained open but have been severely impacted by local and national restrictions, including, but not exclusively, through reductions in footfall and customer numbers, trading restrictions or supply chain disruption. 
 
On 22 March, the Business Resilience Grant is being extended to include certain mobile and homebased businesses, which have been impacted by local and national restrictions, have not already received Local Restriction Support Grants or Additional Restriction Grants and continue to have on-going fixed costs. 
 
This Business Resilience Grant (BRG) scheme will run from 26 February 2021 to midnight on Friday 30 April 2021.
 
A finite level of funding is available for the Business Resilience Grant therefore the scheme will have a review point and may close earlier than the advertised date if demand is high.
 
*With the exception of home-based and mobile businesses
 
To qualify for the grant, all businesses must satisfy all of the following criteria: 
  • Based in Northumberland  
  • Have premises with a rateable value within Northumberland County Council’s business rates system* (except in the case of eligible home-based businesses) 
  • Demonstrate a minimum of £200 per month (£2,400 per annum) of commercial, on-going fixed property costs* (except in the case of eligible home-based businesses) 
  • All businesses must demonstrate they were severely impacted by local and / or national restrictions 
  • All business must demonstrate they were trading on 18 September 2020 
  • Have not received a Local Restrictions Support Grant or Additional Restrictions Grant whether Open or Closed  
  • Are not eligible for a grant under the Local Restrictions Support Grant or Additional Restrictions Grants whether Open or Closed  
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme. 
  • Businesses that, were they to receive grant payments under this scheme, breach State Aid or Subsidy Control rules are not eligible for funding under this scheme. 
 
Home-based and mobile businesses must also satisfy the following criteria: 
  • Home-based and mobile businesses must be able to demonstrate on-going fixed non-domestic costs integral to the running of their business  
  • Businesses must operate within the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors or its supply chain or provide in-person face-to-face services which have been impacted by Covid19 restrictions 
  • Driving Instructors must be Approved Driving Instructors, registered with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) 
  • The business must provide the majority of the applicant's income 
We have provided additional guidance on the Business Resilience Grant in relation to taxi drivers and taxi companies under 'How to apply' below.
 
*excluding homebased / mobile businesses. 
 

How much is the grant?   

The grant is a one-off payment and will be made based on the Rateable Value (RV) of the business premises.

For home-based and mobile businesses, the grant value will be made based on the level of evidenced fixed non-domestic running costs integral to the running of the business. 

The below values may change if there is high demand for the scheme:
 
Rateable value Grant
Home-based & Mobile businesses - fixed running costs above £100 and under £200 per month £1,000.00
Home-based & Mobile businesses - fixed running costs £200 and above per month £2,500.00
£15,000 or under £2,500.00
£15,001 - £50,999 £5,000.00
£51,000 or over £10,000.00
 
You can find the rateable value of your premises on your latest business rates bill, or  you can check it on the central rating list here.
   
There are limited funds available for this grant scheme. If there is high demand we may close the scheme early, or amend the grant levels accordingly.
 
Applications for the first Business Resilience Grant are now closed. You can still read guidance for your reference here:

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this scheme are now closed.

The Business Resilience Grant is aimed at businesses which have commercial premises with a rateable value within the Northumberland County Council's business rates system, which have remained open but have been severely impacted by local and national restrictions, including, but not exclusively, through reductions in footfall and customer numbers, trading restrictions or supply chain disruption.

The Business Resilience Grant can also support certain mobile and homebased businesses, which have been impacted by local and national restrictions, have not already received Local Restriction Support Grants or Additional Restriction Grants and continue to have on-going fixed costs.
A finite level of funding is available for the Business Resilience Grant therefore the scheme will have a review point and may close earlier than the advertised date if demand is high. 
  
To qualify for the grant, all businesses must satisfy all of the following criteria:  
  • Based in Northumberland   
  • Have premises with a rateable value within Northumberland County Council’s business rates system* (except in the case of eligible home-based businesses)  
  • Demonstrate a minimum of £200 per month (£2,400 per annum) of commercial, on-going fixed property costs* (except in the case of eligible home-based businesses)  
  • All businesses must demonstrate they were severely impacted by local and / or national restrictions  
  • All business must demonstrate they were trading on 1 April 2021 (see guidance note for definition of this) 
  • Have not received a Local Restrictions Support Grant , Restart Grant or Additional Restrictions Grant (with the exception of BRG) 
  • Are not eligible for a grant under the Local Restrictions Support Grant, Restart Grant or Additional Restrictions Grants (with the exception of BRG) 
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.  
  • Businesses that, were they to receive grant payments under this scheme, breach State Aid or Subsidy Control rules are not eligible for funding under this scheme.  
 *With the exception of home-based and mobile businesses 
 
Home-based and mobile businesses must also satisfy the following criteria:  
  • Home-based and mobile businesses must be able to demonstrate on-going fixed non-domestic costs of at least £100 a month integral to the running of their business   
  • Businesses must operate within the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors or its supply chain or provide in-person face-to-face services which have been impacted by Covid-19 restrictions  
  • Driving Instructors must be Approved Driving Instructors, registered with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)  
  • The business must provide the majority of the applicant's income
 
How much is the grant?    
The grant is a one-off payment and will be made based on the Rateable Value (RV) of the business premises. 
 
For home-based and mobile businesses, the grant value will be made based on the level of evidenced fixed non-domestic running costs integral to the running of the business.  
 
The below values may change if there is high demand for the scheme:
Rateable value, or running costs Grant
Home-based & Mobile businesses - fixed running costs above £100 and under £200 per month   £1,000
Home-based & Mobile businesses - fixed running costs £200 and above per month  £2,500 
£15,000 or under  £2,500
£15,001 - £50,999  £5,000
£51,000 or over £10,000

You can find the rateable value of your premises on your latest business rates bill, or  you can check it on the central rating list here.
 
How to apply
Applications for this grant have now closed.

For your reference, you can read the guidance for the scheme at the following link.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this scheme are now closed.

The Restart Grant was announced in the Budget on 3 March 2021. It is intended to support businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off payment, to help them reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. 
 
The support takes effect from 1 April 2021. 
 
To qualify for a grant, businesses must satisfy all of the following criteria: 
  • Have a property within Northumberland with a qualifying rateable value. 
  • Have been trading on 1 April 2021. 
  • Be classed as non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care or a gym business. (Annex C of the Government’s Restart Grant guidance gives a more indicative list of businesses that fall into scope of the Restart Scheme. You can read this at the link below.) 
  • Offer in person services where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate paying premises. 
  • Not be in administration, insolvent or have a striking-off notice against them.
  • Not breach subsidy rules if they were to receive a grant payment under this scheme.
How much is the grant?
The grant will be a one-off payment and calculated based on the rateable value of the qualifying business property, as below. 
 
There are two strands to the Restart Grant as follows: 
  • Strand One – to support non-essential retail properties 
  • Strand Two – to support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses
Annex C of the Government’s Restart Grant guidance gives as indicative list of businesses that fall into scope of the Restart Scheme, and which support type they are eligible for. You can read the full Annex at this link.

Strand One - non-essential retail properties
Rateable value Grant
£15,000 or under £2,667.00
£15,001 - £50,999 £4,000.00
£51,000 or over £6,000.00

Strand Two – hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses
Rateable value Grant
£15,000 or under £8,000.00
£15,001 - £50,999 £12,000.00
£51,000 or over £18,000.00 
 
You can find the rateable value of your premises on your latest business rates bill, or you can check it on the central rating list here.

Businesses can make an application for each property with a rateable value that they operate from within Northumberland. Each property requires a separate application.

How to apply

Applications for this grant closed on 30 June 2021.

For your reference, you can still read the guidance for the scheme at the following links:

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this grant closed on 30 June 2021.

Northumberland County Council is using Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding to ensure that more businesses who would otherwise not be eligible for the Government’s Restart Grant can access financial assistance as coronavirus restrictions across the country are eased.

This will help businesses in the non-essential retail, personal care, hospitality, accommodation, leisure and gym sectors which do not have a rateable value, plus direct suppliers to the hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure sectors.

To qualify for a grant, businesses must satisfy the following criteria:
  • Be located in and operating within Northumberland.
  • Not be classed as ‘home-based’*.
  • Have a minimum of £200 per month non-residential fixed property costs*.
  • Have been severely impacted by local and/or national restrictions
  • Have been trading on 1 April 2021. 
  • Not be eligible for a grant under the Local Restrictions Support Grants or Restart Grant.
  • Be classed as non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care or a gym business, (Annex C of the Government’s Restart Grant guidance gives a more indicative list of businesses that fall into scope of this grant scheme. You can read this at the link below.) or be a direct supplier to the hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast or leisure sectors.
  • For businesses in the hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure sectors they must have been providing services in person to customers from the premises; occupying nonresidential* business premises without a Rateable Value, or be registered B&Bs.
  • Not be in administration, insolvent or have a striking-off notice against them.
  • Not breach subsidy rules if they were to receive a grant payment under this scheme.
*With the exception of registered B&Bs

Please note that self catering accommodation is not eligible for this grant as applicants must be providing services in person from the business premises.

How much is the grant?
The grant will be a one-off payment and calculated based on the rateable value of the qualifying business property or, if it has no rateable value, the rateable value proxy. Rateable value proxy means a commercial premises lease, licence or other formal rental agreement, or commercial mortgage for those who own their own premises.
 
There are two strands to the ARG Restart Grant as follows: 
  • Strand One – to support non-essential retail, personal care, B&Bs and direct suppliers to the hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure sectors
  • Strand Two – to support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, and gym businesses
Annex C of the Government’s Restart Grant guidance gives as indicative list of businesses that fall into scope of the ARG Restart Scheme, and which support type they are eligible for. You can read the full Annex at this link.

Strand One:
Rateable value or rateable value proxy Grant
£15,000 or under £2,667.00
£15,001 - £50,999 £4,000.00
£51,000 or over £6,000.00

Strand Two:
Rateable value or rateable value proxy Grant
£15,000 or under £8,000.00
£15,001 - £50,999 £12,000.00
£51,000 or over £18,000.00 

Where rateable value applies you can find the rateable value of premises on your latest business rates bill, or you can check it on the central rating list here. 

Businesses can make an application for each eligible business property that they operate from within Northumberland. Each property requires a separate application.

How to apply​

Applications for this grant closed on 30 June 2021.

For your reference, you can still read the guidance for the scheme at the following links:

If you have any queries about this grant please email businesshub@northumberland.gov.uk

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this grant have now closed.

Hospitality, accommodation and leisure (HAL) businesses have been amongst the most significantly affected as a result of Covid-19 local and national restrictions.
 
As a result of this and recognising that these businesses have continued to have significant overheads to maintain over this time of disruption, the Council is offering an additional grant of up to £15,000 to larger HAL businesses which have received Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) Closed.
 
The funding for this support is from the Council’s Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).
 
The one-off grant payment will be made to HAL businesses which have a Rateable Value of £51,000 or over and have received Local Restriction Support Grant.
 
The grant will not be available to businesses which are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made. By receiving grant payments under this scheme, you must not breach State Aid or Subsidy Control rules. 
 
How much is the grant? 
The grant will be a one-off payment of up to £15,000. 
  
How to apply 

Applications for this grant have now closed. The following information is for reference:

 
We wrote directly to all hospitality, accommodation and leisure businesses which have a rateable value of £51,000 or more and received Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) Closed, inviting them to apply for a grant.
 
In the email we included a link to an application form. Businesses had to use that dedicated link to apply for a grant.