You may be able to claim a business support grant if you are a Rother District Council Business Rates payer and your business meets ALL of the following criteria:

  • were open as usual and
  • providing in-person services to customers from your business premises and
  • then required to close for a consecutive period of no less than 14 days as a result of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 and were
  • trading the day before local restrictions came into force.

Business that have been instructed to close

  • Non-essential retail – such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.
  • Hospitality – such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and social clubs. With the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway by click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery. This also includes businesses such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes.
  • Sports facilities – such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges.
  • Leisure – such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks, theme parks. Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open.
  • Personal care facilities – such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other peoples’ homes.

Further information on the restrictions that have been put in place can be found at Gov.uk  

Businesses that are not eligible

Your business will not be eligible for the scheme if it:

  • was not open and trading on 18/12/20
  • was not registered for Business Rates on 18/12/20
  • is not one of the businesses that have been instructed to close
  • has entered into administration or insolvency
  • has exceeded State Aid Limits

Where local restrictions follow national ‘lockdown’ measures, requiring the continued closure of eligible businesses, it is accepted that those businesses are still trading

Awards and frequency of payment

The grant will initially cover the period 19th December 2020 (when Rother entered tier 4) until 15th February 2021 (when the current national lockdown restrictions are due to be reviewed). This is a total of 59 days. If either national lockdown or tier 4 restrictions apply after the 15th February 2021, the scheme will be extended and the award amounts amended accordingly but a fresh application may be required.

The Amount of any grant in respect of this qualifying restriction period is fixed as follows:   

  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £2,810.93
  • Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of 4,214.28
  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above will receive £6,321.43  

How to apply

If you think you are eligible you can register online and submit any evidence for the Local Restrictions Support Grant electronically.

Before you apply, you must have the following information available to complete your application:

  • An electronic version of your latest bank statement.
  • Evidence that your business was trading before restrictions applied
  • Evidence that your business was occupying the property as at 18/12/20
  • Proof of identification. In the case of a sole trader / partnership please provide your personal identification. In the case of a Ltd company please provide evidence of your company
  • Your business premises property reference number. This can be obtained from the Valuations Office Agency (VOA)

The first payment cover the periods 19/12/20 – 15/02/21. After which if either national lockdown or tier 4 restrictions still apply  you will have to log into your account at www.grantapproval.co.uk to apply for a grant for the next qualifying restriction period.  However, If your circumstances remain the same you will be able to copy the contents and evidence from your previous application.