Business grants explained and how to apply

Below is a summary of all grants currently being administered by the Council. In addition, businesses can check to find out what other support may be available through National Schemes.

Business support packages available

Restart Grant

The Chancellor announced in the Budget of 3 March 2021 that the government will provide ‘Restart Grants’ in England. These will be:

  • up to £6,000 per premises for non-essential retail businesses
  • up to £18,000 per premises for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses. 

How to apply

Full details of the Restart Grant can be found here and how to apply.

The scheme will close on 30 June 2021.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

Under the Additional Restrictions Grant, Local Authorities will receive a one-off lump sum payment. Local authorities can use this funding for business support activities. We envisage this will primarily take the form of discretionary grants but could also use this funding for wider business support activities.

The ARG is intended to support those businesses who may not have had to close but whose operations will have suffered a significant impact as a result of further restrictions.

Local Authorities have been allowed discretion over the allocation of the grant and Reading Borough Council has been awarded £3.3m in order to do this. It is intended that this funding should be used to support businesses affected by the restrictions until the end of the 2021/22 financial year. Reading Borough Council’s Additional Restrictions Grant policy was approved on 27 November 2020 and full details of the policy can be found here.

Two application windows have been available to make a claim, 30 Nov – 13 Dec and 4 Jan – 17 Jan. A third and final application for the current financial year is available 08 Mar – 31 Mar.

How to apply

Full details on the Additional Restrictions Grant can be found here and how to apply.

The scheme closed temporarily on 31 March 2021 to enable new applications to be assessed. Once the funding position has been assessed the scheme will likely re-open subject to eligibility criteria changes.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum

National Lockdown November & January

This grant is available for the period of national lockdown from 16 February to 31 March 2021.

National restrictions have been imposed by government on all local authority areas in England in response to the threat posed by coronavirus.

To be eligible to claim LRSG (closed) addendum your business must:

How to apply

Full details for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum can be found here and how to apply.

Please do not apply if your business is not mandated to close by law.

If a business is required to close its main, in-person service but adapts its business to operate takeaway, click and collect or online with delivery services, it will be considered closed and be eligible to receive grants under this scheme because its substantive business must close.

The scheme will close based on the application periods as follows:

Period of restrictions beginning 05 November 2020 & 05 January 2021, the application closure date was 31 March 2021 and no further applications can be accepted.

Period of restrictions beginning 16 February 2021, the application closure date is 31 May 2021.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) – Tier 2, 3 & 4

The Local Restrictions Grant (Closed) Tier 2, 3 & 4 restrictions is for businesses that are required to close under Tier 2, Tier 3 and/or Tier 4 restrictions, with effect from 2 December 2020 to 5 January 2021.

The scheme closed on 31 March 2021 and we are unable to accept any further applications.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

This is a grant made available prior to national restrictions.

This is for the following businesses specified by the government who were closed on 23 March 2020 and have not reopened:

  • nightclubs
  • dance halls
  • discotheques
  • sexual entertainment venues
  • hostess bars.

The scheme closed on 31 March 2021 and we are unable to accept any further applications.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) – Tier 2 Restrictions

The government has provided the Council with funding for businesses to use at its discretion for the period that Reading was in Local COVID Alert Level 2 (Tier 2) immediately after National Lockdown (2 December until 18 December 2020 inclusive).

The government has suggested that the businesses that would benefit the most from this grant would be businesses in hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors that have been suffering from reduced demand for the 17-day period.

The scheme closed on 31 March 2021 and we are unable to accept any further applications.

Closed Business Lockdown Payment, a one-off payment for retail, hospitality and leisure

The government will provide one-off grants of up to £9,000 per property for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses. This is to support businesses through the impacts of the national lockdown to Spring 2021.

The scheme closed on 31 March 2021 and we are unable to accept any further applications.