Business Support Grants

Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme 1 - Last updated 28/10/2020

Please Note: The information on this page is based on existing government guidance (external link) and may be subject to change. It has since been announced that businesses under the scheme will now receive up to £3,000 per month and they are eligible for payment after two weeks of closure rather than three.

Scheme 1 of the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) supports businesses that were open as usual, providing services in person to customers from their business premises, but which were then required to close for at least 2 weeks due to local lockdown restrictions imposed by government. Businesses still subject to national closures (e.g. nightclubs) will also now be eligible.

West Lancashire was moved into the very high alert level (tier 3) on Saturday 17 October the following business premises are required to close following the restrictions imposed by the government;

  • Pubs and bars who cannot operate as if they were a restaurant
  • Adult gaming industry
  • Bingo halls
  • Bookmakers and betting shops
  • Casinos
  • Car Boot Sales
  • Clubs (e.g. working men's clubs etc)
  • Soft play areas

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if it:

  • Occupies property on which it pays business rates to West Lancashire Borough Council
  • Has been required to close because of the formal publication of local restrictions guidance that resulted in a first full day of closure on or after 9th September 2020. This funding is not retrospective
  • Has been required to close for at least 2 weeks because of the lockdown
  • Has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises

Eligible businesses will get one grant for each property liable for business rates within West Lancashire.

What you will get (These amounts maybe subject to change)

  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, you will receive grants of £667 per two weeks of closure (£1,334 per month).
  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000, you will receive grants of £1,000 per two weeks of closure (£2,000 per month).
  • If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, you will receive grants of £1,500 per two weeks of closure (£3,000 per month).

Grants will be based on the rateable value of the property on the first full day of local lockdown restrictions (Saturday 17 October 2020). Please visit the Find and check your business rates valuation (external link) for information regarding the rateable value of a premises.

Exclusions

  • Businesses which are able to continue to operate during the lockdown because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from their premises
  • Businesses that have chosen to close, but have not been required to close as part of a local lockdown
  • Businesses that have reached the state aid limit

How to Apply

If you think your business meets the criteria set out above please apply by clicking the button below;

LRSG Application Form Button

Any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back.

If you have any questions about the Local Restrictions Support Grants scheme please contact our COVID-19 Business Support Team via email or telephone 01695 585050. If you have submitted an application we will aim to make a decision on your application within 10 working days. We kindly ask that you hold off contacting us again until after this time has passed. This will enable us to dedicate our resources to getting these paid as quickly as possible.

Please note: We will aim to review all applications within 10 working days. No payments can be made prior to 2 November 2020, as per the government guidelines. We will be operating a two-weekly payment schedule to those eligible businesses who remain closed.

Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme 2 - Discretionary Funding

Businesses that are required to close but do not pay business rates may be eligible for funding at the discretion of the local council, as may businesses not required to close but which are severely impacted.  Full details of any discretionary funding available under this scheme and an application process will be published here once further government guidance has been received.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant counts towards state aid. Payments count towards the total de minimis State aid you’re allowed to get over a 3-year period - €200,000. If you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework (external link). The limit for the framework is €800,000.

Business Support Package

On October 22, The Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that businesses in Very High alert level areas will qualify for greater support whether closed or open. For those businesses who remain open, support is being provided through business support packages provided to Local Authorities.

We are waiting for further information from central government regarding the business support packages and how this will be delivered. This page will be updated in due course.

Previous Business Support Grants

Small Business Grant Fund & Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

Through the Small Business Grant Fund & Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund, West Lancashire Borough Council were able to support approximately 1,900 West Lancashire businesses with a total of more than £21 million in grants. These grants have been vital to our local economy – helping ensure the survival of shops, cafes, hotels, restaurants and many other companies.

This scheme is now closed and no further applications can be considered.

Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund

The Government allocated an additional £1.075m to help us deliver the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund to help those businesses who have not been eligible for or who received financial support under the existing grant schemes.

Through the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund, West Lancashire Borough Council were able to support an additional 197 businesses and market traders in West Lancashire.

This scheme is now closed and no further applications can be considered.

Further Business Support Grants

Boost Business Lancashire Recovery Grants (For a limited time only)

Boost Business Lancashire has secured £1.5million of grants to help Lancashire businesses recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lancashire businesses can apply for grants of between £1,000 – £3,000 to help them access new technology and other equipment to help them adapt, recover and rebuild. The support will also extend to professional, legal, financial or other advice. Support will be fully funded by the government from the England European Regional Development Fund.

Recovery grants update - September 17 2020

More than 1,000 Lancashire businesses have expressed their interest in grants available through Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub to help them recover from the coronavirus crisis.

The BoostYourRecovery and Kickstart Tourism grants allow Lancashire businesses to apply for £1,000 – £3,000 (up to £5,000 in exceptional circumstances) to invest into their long-term coronavirus recovery.

As a result of the exceptional demand in recent weeks, Boost has halted its application process to new expressions of interests to assess the 1,000 already received.