Coronavirus : Guidance for businesses

COVID-19 Business Grants

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Once you have submitted an application, you will receive a confirmation email (check your junk mail if it is not in your inbox), the production of the application reference means that your application has been successfully submitted. Please refrain from contacting us to enquire or chase an application if you are in receipt of your reference number, we appreciate this is a difficult time for everyone, additional calls and emails could lead to further delays.

Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary Grant Scheme) - Closed

The application process for the Additional Restrictions Grant for the period 1 April 2021 onwards designed to provide support alongside the mandatory Restart Grants closed on 15 July 2021.

If further Additional Restrictions Grant funding is to be distributed as grants, this page will be updated.

Following the delay in stage four of the Government roadmap to ease remaining Covid restrictions, Cherwell District Council used its Additional Restriction Grant funding to support those businesses that successfully applied for the Restart Grant or the Additional Restrictions Grant discretionary equivalent and were awarded the higher Strand 2 payments (those that fall within Leisure, Accommodation, Hospitality, Personal Care and Gyms) with a one-off top-up grant award.

Qualifying businesses were emailed invitations to complete a condensed application form and declaration on 08 July 2021.  The application process was not opened for new applicants.

  • The application process for the Additional Restrictions Grant for the period ending 2 December 2020 closed on 21 December 2020.  
  • The application process for the Additional Restrictions Grant for the period ending 15 February 2021 closed on 1 February 2021.
  • The application process for the Additional Restrictions Grant for the period ending 31 March 2021 closed on 24 March 2021.
  • Declarations for the period ending 31 March 2021 have been sent to applicants who either successfully applied or are awaiting the outcome of their application for the period ending 15 February 2021. The deadline for declarations to be returned to us was extended to 1 April 2021.
  • The application process for the Additional Restrictions Grant for the period 1 April 2021 onwards designed to provide support alongside the mandatory Restart Grants closed on 20 May 2021
  • The application process for the Additional Restrictions Grant top up payments in addition to the Restart Grant mandatory scheme and Additional Restrictions Grant discretionary equivalent closed on 15 July 2021

Local Authorities have been allocated funding under the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG). This funding is to support businesses alongside the Local Restrictions Support Grant and can be used across financial years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.

Local Authorities are required to determine how to use this funding to support local businesses in line with the eligibility criteria set out in the guidance provided by Government which encourages Local Authorities to develop discretionary grant schemes to help those businesses.

The Council agreed an Additional Restrictions Grant Policy in relation to the delay in stage 4 of the Government road map. Our goal is to try and support as many businesses as possible that have been affected by the national lockdown restrictions while keeping the individual grant amounts high enough that they will provide meaningful support to those businesses.

Exclusions to the scheme

  • Businesses which have chosen to close but are not required to close unless they can demonstrate significant financial impact as a result of restrictions 
  • Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of Subsidy Allowance permitted
  • Businesses which are in administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made

What are the eligibility criteria?

  • Businesses must have a registered address in the Cherwell District to be eligible for this scheme. The business will need to be trading within the Cherwell District. Where a business is registered in another council area (although has a presence in the Cherwell District Council area) the council will take a discretionary view on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Businesses must have been actively trading on or before 05 July 2021.
  • Businesses must have a valid non-domestic rates account at 05 July 2021.
  • Businesses must have previously qualified for Cherwell District Council’s Restart Grant scheme or the Additional Restrictions Grant equivalent scheme, covering the period from 01 April 2021 onwards.
  • Businesses must be in the Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care and Gym sectors or their immediate supply chain.
  • Businesses must operate from a business property with a rateable value.

Please note: In taking decisions on the appropriate level of grant, the Council may take into account the level of fixed costs faced by the business in question, the number of employees, whether they can continue to trade and the scale of the loss/impact of COVID-19.

Grant payments

The application process for the Additional Restrictions Grant for the period 1 April 2021 onwards designed to provide support alongside the mandatory Restart Grants closed on 15 July 2021.

As with other COVID-19 business grants, local grants to businesses will be treated as taxable income.


Local Restrictions Support Grant (Mandatory Scheme) - Closed

Applications for the Local Restrictions Support Grant for periods of restrictions between 5 November 2020 and 15 February 2021 closed nationally on 31 March 2021.

Applications for the Local Restrictions Support Grant for periods of restrictions between 16 February 2021 and 31 March 2021 closed nationally on 31 May 2021.

The dates that applications closed for the Local Restrictions Support Grant mandatory scheme were set by central Government and Local Authorities have no discretion to accept late applications.

Payments

As with other COVID-19 business grants, local grants to businesses will be treated as taxable income.

Please note: The above dates are periods of restrictions at the time of writing.  Please ensure that you follow current guidance from Central Government regarding your business.


Restart Grant (Mandatory Scheme) 1 April 2021 onwards - Closed

Applications for the Restart Grant closed nationally on 30 June 2021.

The date that applications closed for the Restart Grant mandatory scheme was set by central Government and Local Authorities have no discretion to accept late applications.

Payments

As with other COVID-19 business grants, local grants to businesses will be treated as taxable income.


Self-employment income support - grant extension

The UK Government recognises the continued impact that coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on the self-employed and has taken action to provide support.

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension provides critical support to the self-employed in the form of two grants, each available for three month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021.

Claim a grant through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme