COVID-19 business support grants

Find out if your business is eligible and apply for a business support grant.

The Government has announced a number of grant schemes for business which have been required to close due to national lockdown restrictions, and also for those which remained open during the local or national Covid restrictions, but were severely impacted by them.

This page was last updated on 16 February 2021.

NEW A new round of business grants will come into effect from Wednesday 17 February 2021. We are awaiting information and guidance from Government on the details of grants. Once we have this information we will update these web pages and provide details on our social media channels.

In Northumberland, the following grant schemes are currently available: 

Find out which business support grants your business may be eligible for.

The table below will help you to see which grants you could be eligible for. Please click on 'yes'  to go to further details and the applications form. If you are eligible for two types of grant, you will need to fill in both application forms.

Type of Business Local Restrictions Support Grant (OPEN) Additional Restrictions Grant (Open) Local Restrictions Support Grant (SECTOR) Local Restrictions Support Grant (CLOSED (Addendum) Additional Restrictions Grant (Closed)
Rate paying businesses required to close continuously since March (e.g. Nightclubs) NO NO Yes Yes NO
Businesses in the Hospitality, Hotel, Bed & Breakfast or Leisure Sector - Business Ratepayer Yes NO NO Yes NO
Businesses in the Hospitality, Hotel, Bed & Breakfast or Leisure Sector - Non Business Ratepayer NO Yes NO NO Yes
Direct Supplier to Businesses in the Hospitality, Accommodation, or Leisure Sectors NO Yes NO NO NO
Other Businesses required to close during national restrictions (5 November to 2 December) - Business Ratepayer NO NO NO Yes NO
Other Businesses required to close during national restrictions (5 November to 2 December) - Non Business Ratepayer NO NO NO NO Yes

Full details and applications

1. Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum 

This grant scheme is now OPEN for applications. It is called Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) because it 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.

How to apply 
If you meet the criteria for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum, you can apply online below.  We will review your application and let you know if you are entitled to a payment. 


Apply here
Please follow this link to apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum
 

1a. Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Version 2

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

If you haven’t applied for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum and think you could be eligible, please complete the form in section 1 above. If you are eligible, you will then be contacted about (Closed) Version 2.
 

1b. Additional Restrictions Grant (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. 
 
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.


How to apply  
If you meet the criteria for the Additional Restrictions Grant (Closed) you can apply online below. We will review your application and let you know if you are entitled to a payment.


Apply here 
Please follow this link to apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant (Closed)


1c. Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Tier 4

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

If you haven’t applied for a previous Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendumand think you could be eligible, please complete the form in section 1 above. If you are eligible, you will then be contacted about the subsequent Closed grants, including this one.
 

1d. Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards 

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

If you haven’t applied for a previous  Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum, and think you could be eligible, please complete the form in section 1 above. If you are eligible, you will then be contacted about the subsequent Closed grants, including this one.
 

1e. Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment

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 businessesfull 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

Eligibility will be in line with the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum If you think you could be eligible, and haven’t yet made an application, please complete the form in section 1 above. If you are eligible, you will then be contacted about this support payment.
 

2. Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)

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.

How to apply
If you meet the criteria for the Local Restictions Support Grant (Open), you can apply online belowWe will review your application and let you know if you are entitled to a payment.


Apply here
Please follow this link to apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)


2a. Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) Version 2

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

If you haven’t applied for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) for the period 18 September to 4 November, and think you could be eligible, please complete the form in section 2 above. If you are eligible, you will then be contacted about (Open) Version 2.
 

2b. Additional Restrictions Grant (Open)

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. 


How to apply 
If you meet the criteria for the Additional Restrictions Grant (Open) you can apply online below. We will review your application and let you know if you are entitled to a payment. 


3. Local Restriction Support Grant (Sector) 

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. 

How to apply  
If you meet the criteria for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector), you can apply online below.  We will review your application and let you know if you are entitled to a payment. 

Apply here
Please follow this link to apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)


4. Additional Restrictions Grant (Taxi) 

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.

How to apply
If you meet the criteria for the additional restrictions grant (Taxi) in the scheme guidance, you can apply online below.  We will review your application and let you know if you are entitled to a payment.   

Applications closed at midnight on Sunday 3 January 2021.
 

4a. Additional Restrictions Grant (Taxi) Version 2:

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.  

How to apply 
If you meet the criteria for the Additional Restrictions Grant (Taxi) Version 2 in the scheme guidance, you can apply online below.  We will review your application and let you know if you are entitled to a payment.    

Applications closed at midnight on Sunday 3 January 2021.


4b. Additional Restrictions Grant (Taxi) Version 3

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. 
 
In order to reduce the administrative burden we will email all successful businesses with a link to a shortened electronic form for completion.
 
The form prompts applicants to confirm certain information including their Northumberland County Council issued licence number and make a declaration.

Please note:
 If you are eligible for Taxi Version 3 but have not successfully applied for Taxi Versions 1 or 2 please complete the form at the link below.

All applications must be made by 31 March 2021.

Apply here
Please follow this link to apply for Additional Restrictions Grant (Taxi) Version 3

Please note: To make an application you will need your Private Licence Number or your Hackney Carriage Number. Please ensure that you enter the correct licence number in the correct box because we use these to validate applications.

5. Christmas Support Payment for Wet Led Pubs

This grant scheme is now OPEN for applications. It 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.

How to apply
If you meet the criteria in the Christmas Support Payment for Wet Led Pubs scheme guidance, you can apply online below.  We will review your application and let you know if you are entitled to a payment.