Support grants for businesses

During the COVID-19 pandemic the government provided a range of grant schemes to support Salford businesses that were directly impacted by the restrictions imposed during the following periods:

  • 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

All successful grant application were paid via a BACS payment accompanied by a remittance detailing the award. An explanation of the various payments is available on Your Remittance explained page.

The grant schemes delivered have been:

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG)

The Local Restrictions Support Grants were designed to support businesses that were registered as liable for business rates, which were either legally required to close or could remain open if complied with several enforced restrictions. This was subject to other eligibility criteria also being met. 

This scheme closed on Monday 31 May 2021.

Further details on the various Local Restriction Support grant schemes can be found on GOV.UK.

Restart Grant Scheme

The Restart Grant scheme was announced in the spring budget and was aimed to support businesses as lockdown restrictions ease. This grant scheme was 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. 

This final round of this scheme closed on Wednesday 30 June 2021.  

More details on the Restart Grant scheme is available on the GOV.UK website.

Christmas Support Payments for wet-led pubs

Announced in December 2020, the Christmas Support payment targeted wet-led pubs, ie those premises which predominantly serve alcohol rather than food so were severely impacted over the festive season due to temporary local restrictions. 

This scheme closed Sunday 28 February 2021.

More details on the Christmas Support Payments for wet-led pubs is available on the GOV.UK website.

Local Closed Business Lockdown Payment (CBLP)

Announced in January 2021, businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure were also provided with a one-off top up grant, known as the Closed Business Lockdown Payment (CBLP). Eligible businesses were provided with a payment in accordance with the rateable value of their property.

This scheme closed Wednesday 31 March 2021.

In addition, the government provided a discretionary fund known as the Additional Restrictions Grant (information below).

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

There have been 2 rounds of this fund.

Round 1, ran in tandem with LRSG during the main pandemic period and was aimed at those businesses

  • occupying shared commercial accommodation, but were not liable for business rates, have a responsibility for ongoing fixed premises cost and have been legally required to close or directly affected by coronavirus restrictions. 
  • whose main business activity is to supply goods and / or services to the business sectors that were 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)

This scheme closed Wednesday 31 March 2021.

Round 2 aims to support a select number of businesses as the lockdown restrictions ease but are still significantly affected. The fund will be distributed August 2021.

Further details are available on the ARG page. Also on GOV.UK with the ARG guidance note being available to download.

Subsidy Allowance (formerly referred to as State Aid /Subsidy Control)

Business grant payments made by Salford City Council in response to the COVID-19 emergency have been 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).

Further information is available on our Subsidy Allowance page.

This page was last updated on 5 August 2021

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