Support grants for businesses

Salford City Council welcomes the government’s grants through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. To help you navigate the different grants available we’ve put together a simple guide, click the link below to see the guide.

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The government has provided a range of grant schemes to support businesses that have been directly impacted by the restrictions imposed during:

  • Roadmap out of lockdown from Thursday 1 April 2021 onwards
  • National lockdown from Tuesday 16 February 2021 to Wednesday 31 March 2021
  • National lockdown from Tuesday 5 January 2021 to Monday 15 February 2021
  • Local COVID Alert Level 4 (Tier 4) from Thursday 31 December 2020 to Monday 4 January 2021
  • Local COVID Alert Level 3 (Tier 3) from Wednesday 2 December 2020 to Wednesday 30 December 2020
  • National lockdown from Thursday 5 November 2020 to Wednesday 2 December 202
  • Local COVID Alert Level 3 (Tier 3) from Friday 23 October 2020 to Wednesday 4 November 2020
  • Local COVID Alert Level 2 (Tier 2) equivalent from Wednesday 5 August 2020
  • National lockdown from Monday 23 March 2020

Important information about grant payments

Just apply once - If you have already received a government business grant under the LRSG or ARG schemes, you do not need to reapply for any further grants or one off support payments. The council will determine your eligibility under the different variations of the LRSG or the ARG as appropriate. If you are yet to apply, any applications submitted on or after Thursday 1 April 2021 will only be considered for the LRSG (Closed) Addendum 5 January 2021 grant for the period Monday 15 February 2021 to Wednesday 31 March 2021 and the Restart Grant only.

How you will be paid - The government has instructed councils to make recurring payments on a regular basis. We have set dates for scheduled payment runs so if your application misses the payment run it will be awarded in the next cycle.

Please note we have set dates for scheduled payment runs so if your application misses the payment run it will be awarded in the next cycle. 

Remittance details - You will receive a remittance detailing the payment being made ahead of you receiving the actual payment. You may receive more than one remittance notification. This is because you have been awarded more than one grant payment (for example, when you applied you are awarded the current payment plus a retrospective payment). If you need further help understanding your remittance, so you are clear about what time period or type of grant you are being awarded payment for please see the remittance table on the your remittance explained page. 

Your remittance explained

Tell us about a change - If your circumstances change so that you are no longer eligible you must notify us immediately so that we can stop the next payment. For example, if your business has stopped trading, gone into administration or received a striking off notice or if you are no longer the owner. Update us via our online form below. Please also use this form to tell us anything regarding a change to future payments, such as bank account changes or payee name changes. There is an upload facility for you to also send us supporting evidence of your change.

Tell us about a change

The grants schemes are:

Restart Grant Scheme

The Restart Grant scheme was announced in the spring budget and aims to support businesses as lockdown restrictions ease. The grant scheme is aimed at supporting eligible business that are registered as liable for business rates, and were trading on Thursday 1 April 2021 with a one-off cash grant of up to £6,000 for non-essential retailers and up to £18,000 for businesses in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors subject to meeting other eligibility criteria.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG)

The Local Restrictions Support Grants is to help businesses that are registered as liable for business rates and have been legally required to close or can remain open but are directly affected by restrictions being put in place to manage coronavirus. This is subject to other eligibility criteria also being met. 

Businesses who have already applied for LRSG in previous tiers do not need to reapply as the government announces further funding for the different time periods, these payments will be automatically awarded to those businesses deemed eligible.

Important update

Most LRSG schemes closed for new applications on Wednesday 31 March 2021. Please go to the LRSG page for further details.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The Additional Restrictions Grant is to help further businesses:

  • occupying shared commercial accommodation, are not liable for business rates, have a responsibility for ongoing fixed premises cost and have been legally required to close or directly affected by restrictions being put in place to manage coronavirus. 
  • whose main business activity is to supply goods and / or services to the business sectors that have been directly restricted or impacted by restrictions being put in place and therefore have been significantly impacted financially; these businesses may or may not be registered as liable for business rates.
  • Childcare providers who operate from commercial premises
  • Private Hire drivers and Hackney Carriage drivers with a Salford City Council licence
  • Approved Driving Instructors (ADI) or Potential Driving Instructors (PDI)

For a summary of businesses impacted by restrictions in the different tiers and national lockdown, please go to the ARG page.

Important update

The Salford ARG scheme has now closed due to all the funding being allocated.
Further funding may be made available by government in the future for Salford alongside other Greater Manchester local authorities and these web pages will be updated accordingly.

One-off support payments

Christmas Support Payments for wet-led pubs

Announced in December 2020, the Christmas Support payment for wet-led pubs is for those premises which predominantly serve alcohol rather than food so were severely impacted over the festive season due to temporary local restrictions. This support grant scheme has now closed. 

Closed Business Lockdown Payment

Announced in January 2021, businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure will also receive a one-off top up grant, known as the Closed Business Lockdown Payment (CBLP). Eligible businesses will automatically be paid an amount in accordance with the rateable value of the property they occupy, provided an application has already been submitted within the LRSG application process. This is:

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

Please note this scheme has now closed.

Subsidy Control Allowance (formerly referred to as State Aid)

Business grant payments made by Salford City Council in response to the Covid 19 emergency are subject to subsidy control measures.

State Aid / Subsidy controls (prior to Thursday 4 March 2021)

The United Kingdom remains bound by its international commitments, including subsidy obligations set out in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) with the European Union.  To ensure continuity and consistency the State aid Temporary Framework provisions will be applied until the new Subsidy allowance came into effect from Thursday 4 March 2021. These provisions include: the €200,000 de-minimis aid threshold, €800,000 under the Temporary Framework aid threshold and €3 million under Section 3.12 of the Temporary Framework threshold (a potential aggregate of €4 million).  Subject to complying with the rules and guidance governing these schemes.

Subsidy Allowance (commencing Thursday 4 March 2021)

A new domestic subsidy allowance for COVID-19 business support grants took effect on Thursday 4 March 2021.  Applications made prior to that date are subject to the previous state aid / subsidy control limits.
The new scheme is covered by three subsidy allowances:

  • Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance – up to 325,000 special drawing rights over any period of three years
    (subject to exchange rates on the day the subsidy is awarded. For example this equated to £335,000 as at Tuesday 2 March 2021)
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance – up to £1,600,000 and can be combined with the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance to equal to £1,935,000
    (subject to the exact amount applicable under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance)
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance - if you have reached your limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £9,000,000, provided certain conditions are met.

Grants under these three allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £10,935,000 (subject to exchange rates).

Before making an application for any of the business grant schemes, please read our Subsidy Control page. It is your company’s responsibility to check that it is eligible, and by the very submission of an application you are declaring that if awarded payment that you are complying with and will not exceed the relevant permitted thresholds. If you have any doubt as to your position you must seek appropriate advice before applying as the responsibility lies with the business.

This page was last updated on 1 April 2021

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