Business grants - Covid-19

Updated: 24 November 2020

Business grants scheme: national restrictions

Grant scheme for ratepayers mandated to close

The government has announced that business rate payers forced to close due to national restrictions between 5 November and 2 December are to receive grants worth up to £3,000 for each four week period.  

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 per four weeks during national restrictions, or £667 per two weeks
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k, grants to be £2,000 per four weeks during national restrictions, or £1,000 per two weeks
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over, grants to be £3,000 per four weeks during national restrictions, or £1,500 per two weeks

On Tuesday 17 November businesses were contacted (by email or post) with details of how to apply. Valid grant applications, received by 6 pm on Friday 27 November, will be paid on Tuesday 1 December. Check back here for future payment dates for applications.

Discretionary business grants scheme: Tier 2

Business rate payers in the following sectors:

  • public houses, bars and wine bars
  • cafés and restaurants
  • hotels and bed & breakfasts
  • cinemas and entertainment venues, including public halls
  • tourist attractions 

that have been suffering from reduced demand due to Tier 2 local restrictions introduced in Elmbridge from 17 October can apply for backdated grants at 70% of the value of closed grants pro-rata for the period to 5 November (in Elmbridge this will be for 19 days).

  • For properties with an RV of £15k or under, grants of £934 per four weeks
  • For properties with an RV of between £15k-£51k, grants of £1,400 per four weeks
  • For properties with an RV of exactly £51k and over, grants of £2,100 per four weeks

Find further information on the Council's local restrictions support grant (open) policy.

On Tuesday 17 November businesses were contacted (by email or post) with details of how to apply. Valid grant applications, received by 6 pm on Friday 27 November, will be paid on Tuesday 1 December. Check back here for future payment dates for applications.

Further discretionary scheme

The government has also announced a further discretionary scheme that may include businesses who may not be business ratepayers and are also impacted by the national restrictions between 5 November to 2 December, and local restrictions from 17 October to 4 November.

An application grant process and details of eligibility will be made available for these schemes. Keep checking this web page for updates

For all grants, businesses must have been trading the day before restrictions applied (16 October for local and 4 November for national). Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

A discretionary scheme is designed by the council, in line with the government guidance, but does not have to exactly follow the guidance. This may mean that examples in that guidance may not be eligible businesses for the Elmbridge Borough Council scheme.

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