Business Support Grants

Update 01 July 2021

The COVID Business Support Grant schemes are no longer active and Central Government have confirmed that no further funding will be made available. Should any further schemes be announced in the future this page will be updated.

If you have any questions about the previous schemes please contact our COVID-19 Business Support Team via email.


 Restart Grant Scheme - Scheme closed for applications on 30 June 2021

The Restart Grant scheme launched on 1 April 2021 and aims to support businesses registered for Business Rates that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the below sectors;

  • Non-essential retail
  • Hospitality
  • Accommodation
  • Leisure
  • Personal care
  • Gym & Sport

The Restart Grant will be split into two strands. Under Strand One, grants of up to £6,000 will be paid to non-essential retail business premises, to help them reopen safely. Under Strand Two, grants of up to £18,000 will be allocated to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises, which may open later under plans set out in the roadmap and will be more impacted by restrictions when they do reopen.

For more information please visit Restart Scheme

 Discretionary Restart Grant Scheme - Scheme closed 4 June 2021

On 3 March 2021, the Government announced that a conditional top-up to the Additional Restrictions Grant would be made available from 1 April 2021. We have used these additional funds to devise a Discretionary Restart Grant scheme to mirror the Government Restart Grant scheme, by supporting businesses that operate or supply to the relevant sectors below which might not meet the sector definitions for the Government Restart Grant scheme.

  • Accommodation
  • Events
  • Gym & Sport
  • Hospitality
  • Non-essential/Essential retail
  • Leisure
  • Personal Care
  • Travel & Tourism

 For more information please visit Discretionary Restart Grant Scheme

 National Lockdown Business Support Grant - Scheme closed 31 March 2021

The National Lockdown Business Support Grant scheme was applicable to businesses occupying premises which were required to close due to National Restrictions which were in place between 5 November and 2 December 2020 and re-introduced from 5 January 2021 until Spring.

Businesses that are required to close by Government include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses. To check what businesses and venues which must close please visit Businesses and venues which must close (external link).

For more information please visit National Lockdown Business Support Grant


 Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) - Scheme closed 31 March 2021

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) was a discretionary grant scheme to help those businesses not legally forced to close but severely impacted by Localised and National restrictions and those business which have not been eligible for support through the National Lockdown Business Support Grant, Tier 3 Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Businesses) or the Tier 2 and Tier 3 Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open Businesses) schemes.

This scheme closed for applications on 31 March 2021.

 For more information please visit Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

 Taxi Driver COVID Support Grant - Scheme closed 30 April 2021

The Taxi Driver COVID Support Grant scheme was aimed at supporting West Lancashire based taxi drivers who have been significantly impacted throughout the Government's lockdown restrictions.



Privacy Notice

West Lancashire Borough Council collects your personal information when you apply for any of the grants or payments for businesses due to COVID-19 and this privacy notice explains how we will use it.