Restart Grants

The Restart Grant scheme is designed to support businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with a one-off grant to support reopening as restrictions gradually ease and we see a phased return of customers.

Grants of up to £6,000 are available for non-essential retail businesses and those in the hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors are eligible for up to £18,000 (breakdown below).

Please note this grant is only eligible to businesses on the ratings list. Non-rated businesses may be eligible for an Additional Restrictions Grant (see below).

Eligibility

Non-Essential Retail

  • Rateable value (RV) of £15,000 or less – £2,667.
  • RV between £15,000 and £51,000 – £4,000
  • RV of £51,000 or over – £6,000

Hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation

  • Rateable value (RV) of £15,000 or less – £8,000.
  • RV between £15,000 and £51,000 – £12,000
  • RV of £51,000 or over – £18,000

Applications and payments are being processed by the relevant Local Authorities. Please note that each council will have slightly different process in place. Businesses which have previously received a Local Restrictions Support Grant payment are likely to be eligible for a Restart Grant but further information may be required before funds are released. Some Local Authorities are reaching to businesses directly, with others asking for completion of an online form. We advise checking with the relevant council to ensure you don’t miss out:

  1. Allerdale
  2. Barrow
  3. Carlisle
  4. Copeland
  5. Eden
  6. South Lakeland

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is the discretionary scheme, intended for businesses that are not covered by other grant schemes or where additional funding is needed.

2021 National Lockdown ARG:

  1. Allerdale
  2. Barrow
  3. Carlisle
  4. Copeland
  5. Eden
  6. South Lakeland

Please note that many Local Authorities are using information submitted from previous grants and therefore businesses which have already received funding may not need to reapply. We recommend checking the website of the relevant council.

One-Off Top Up Grants

Following the January country-wide lockdown the Chancellor announced an extended package of financial support. Alongside an extension of the discretionary grants scheme businesses are also eligible for a one-off grant based upon rateable value:

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

These grants are in addition to the Local Restrictions Support Grants (below).

Eligibility

Grants are awarded based on previous applications for the Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) (see below for further details).

 

Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG)

These business grants are administered by Local Authorities and fall under two categories:

Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed)

For rate-paying businesses required to close during national and local lockdowns. Eligible businesses are able to claim for a cash grant for each 14-day period they are closed.

These grants are organised by tier/lockdown level and there are currently four separate schemes:

  • Businesses affected by the national lockdown (5th November – 1st December 2020).
  • Businesses affected by the Tier 2 restrictions (2nd December – 30th December 2020).
  • Business affected by the Tier 3 restrictions (31st December 2020 – 4th January 2021).
  • Businesses affected by the national lockdown (5th January 2021 onwards).

Grant amounts

These are based on rateable value – we advise speaking to your Local Authority directly for information specific to your business, hower the Government website states that:

  • The grant will be based on the rateable value of the property on the first full day of local restrictions.
  • If your business has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £667 for each 14 day period your business is closed.
  • If your business has a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £1,000 for each 14 day period your business is closed.
  • If your business has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £1,500 for each 14 day period your business is closed.
  • The grant will be extended to cover each additional 14-day period of closure

Following the announcement of the Government’s Reopening Roadmap it has been confirmed that the LSRG (Closed) scheme has been extended to cover the period 16th February to 31st March 2021. The payments for this 44 day period are:

  • £2,096 – if your business has a property with a rateable value of up to £15,000
  • £3,143 – if your business has a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000
  • £4,714 – if your business has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or more

If you have previously received support through this grant scheme payment should be made automatically, although we advise checking with your relevant council to confirm.

Learn more about eligibility factors HERE.

 

Local Restrictions Support Grants (open)

For businesses able to remain open during restrictions but severely impacted. Eligible businesses are able to claim for a cash grant for each 14-day period they are closed.

Businesses permitted to open during the Tier 2 restriction in December 2020 but now forced to close may still be able to claim for this period, as well as through the Local Restrictions Support Grants (closed) scheme for lost income from the date of closure.

Grant amounts

These are at the discretion of Local Authorities – we advise speaking to them directly for information specific to your business, hower the Government website states that:

  • If your business has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you may be eligible for a cash grant of up to £467 for each 14 day period.
  • If your business has a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, you may be eligible for a cash grant of up to £700 for each 14 day period.
  • If your business has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you may be eligible for a cash grant of up to £1,050 for each 14 day period.

Learn more about eligibility factors HERE.

 

How to claim

Grants are being administered in Cumbria by the county’s six local authorities. Follow the links below to check your eligibility, deadlines and application processes.

  1. Allerdale
  2. Barrow
  3. Carlisle
  4. Copeland
  5. Eden
  6. South Lakeland

 

Kickstart Jobs Scheme

The Government’s support for young people at risk of long-term unemployment remains open and Cumbria Tourism has already made its first application on behalf of local businesses. As you plan ahead be aware that this scheme is open for two years and there is still time to register your eligible vacancies and receive funding to employ a 16-24 year old on a 6-month placement for 25 hours a week, as well as funding for training and uniform costs.

Learn more and register your vacancies at www.cumbriatourism.org/kickstart or contact Jonny Winter at jwinter@cumbriatourism.org.

FAQs

We aim for the advice and links on this page to be as clear and up to date as possible but we understand things can be confusing. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions and we will help as much as we can. Our Strategic partners Lamont Pridmore have also created this handy breakdown of what support is available.

Will employees be entitled to any financial support if they are asked to self-isolate?

People may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme if they are required to stay at home and self-isolate. Local authorities will be putting arrangements in place to make these payments, with further details to be made available shortly.

To be eligible, they must meet all the following criteria:

  • You have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
  • You are employed or self-employed
  • You cannot work from home and will lose income as a result
  • You are claiming at least one of the following benefits: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credits, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit or Housing Benefit.

Contract cancellations and refunds due to COVID-19

As part of its ongoing investigation into the cancellation of tourism-related contracts, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has updated its statement on consumer protection law in relation to cancellations and refunds due to coronavirus.

The CMA says that consumers will generally be entitled to a refund when they have paid money in advance for services or goods that cannot be provided because of the coronavirus pandemic. It has now provided more detail on issues such as the difference between lockdown laws and government guidance, and their impact on cancellations and refunds.

With local lockdowns likely to continue, it is important that tourism businesses are aware of this statement. See the full statement and read the official press release

Government Business Support Hub

The Government has set up an online Business Support Hub detailing the full range of measures currently  available.

Further Advice

ACAS Advice (Employment Support to protect staff)

HMRC Time to Pay (Tax Helpline, call 0800 0159 559)

Companies House (if you need more time to file your company accounts)

Licensing Permissions for Pubs and Restaurants

 

 

For further information

Contact Reception on
01539 822222 or info@cumbriatourism.org