To support businesses during the national restrictions which began on Thursday 5 November, 2020, new grant schemes have been introduced:
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant, which is for certain businesses that pay business rates and have been instructed to close by the Government.
  • Additional Restrictions Grant, which is designed to support both open and closed rated and non-rated businesses, or businesses that are severely impacted that require support in local areas. This scheme is discretionary.
Apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant

Before you start your application please ensure you have read the details of the scheme, have all the necessary documents ready, and allow at least 30 minutes to complete the online form.

To be eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant your business must: · mandated to close by law – you can see the full list of businesses told to close on the GOV.UK website

  • be liable to pay business rates for the premises your business occupies
  • not be in administration, insolvent or subject to a striking off notice
  • have been in occupation of and trading in the business premises before Thursday 5 November
What you need to apply

To apply for the grant the business will be asked for one or more of the following:

  • Evidence of the business trading as at 4 November 2020 (please note the business rate bill is not acceptable), i.e. Delivery Note, Expenses Receipt, Purchase Order, Sales Receipt;
  • Evidence of the claimant being the named holder of the bank account, Bank Statement;
  • Evidence of the company occupying the property as at 4 November 2020 (please note the business rate bill is not acceptable), i.e. Electric Bill, Gas Bill, Landline Phone, Water Bill;
  • Evidence of identification of ratepayer. In the case of a sole trader / partnership please provide personal identification. In the case of a Ltd company please provide evidence of company i.e. Accounts, Drivers Licence, Passport
  • Evidence of your fixed property costs, if not the ratepayer, i.e. Lease agreement, mortgage documents, rent statement;
  • Evidence of how your business has suffered a significant fall in net income due to the COVID-19 crisis. The evidence must show the turnover for the current financial year and previous year, or months since started trading if a new business, i.e. Accounts, Profit & Loss, Self-Assessment Return
What you will get

Local Restrictions Support Grants will be based on the rateable value of the property as it was on Thursday 5 November. The grant will be paid for the period of Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December.

If your business is eligible and a property with a rateable value of £14,999 or less, you will receive a one-off cash grant of £1,334.

If your business is eligible and a property with a rateable value of £15,000 to £50,999, you will receive a one-off cash grant of £2,000.

If your business is eligible and a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, you will receive a one-off cash grant of £3,000.

How to apply

Don’t apply for this grant if your business is not legally required to close. You may be able to get support from the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme instead (see below for more information).

You can apply for the Local Restriction Support Grant online by clicking the button below. You will need your business rates property and reference numbers to apply, which you can find on your bill.

Apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant

If you have more than one business property that is liable for business rates and legally required to close, you will need to complete a separate application for each of them.

You’ll need to answer questions to verify that your business is eligible, provide some information and upload relevant evidence to support your application.

Apply for a Additional Restrictions Grant

Before you start your application please ensure you have read the details of the scheme, have all the necessary documents ready, and allow at least 30 minutes to complete the online form.

The Additional Restrictions Grant is for businesses that have been severely impacted by the national restrictions that came into force on Thursday 5 November and are not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant.

If your business falls into one of the following categories, the Additional Restrictions Grant may be able to provide support:

  1. A business ratepayer who is NOT eligible to apply for the other Local Restriction Support Grants.
  2. A business that is CLOSED (as a result of the measures in place for Covid 19) operating from:
    • Shared premises and not the business rate holder
    • Not a commercial premise and therefore do not have a business rate account
  3. 3. A business that is OPEN but has been severely affected as a result of the measures in place for Covid 19

The grant is to support businesses with fixed property costs and loss of income during this period.

An eligible business may receive (subject to the availability of funds) a grant based on evidence of their occupation and trading at a premises which is subject to business rates, or that they incur an annual fixed cost such as rent, lease or mortgage, the grant award will be:

  • £1,334 Rateable value or fixed costs up to £15,000
  • £2,000 Rateable value or fixed costs between £15,001 and £51,000
  • £3,000 Rateable value or fixed costs over £51,000

Evidence of loss of income will need to be provided.

What you need to apply

To apply for the grant the business will be asked for one or more of the following:

  • Evidence of the business trading as at 4 November 2020 (please note the business rate bill is not acceptable), i.e. Delivery Note, Expenses Receipt, Purchase Order, Sales Receipt;
  • Evidence of the claimant being the named holder of the bank account, Bank Statement;
  • Evidence of the company occupying the property as at 4 November 2020 (please note the business rate bill is not acceptable), i.e. Electric Bill, Gas Bill, Landline Phone, Water Bill;
  • Evidence of identification of ratepayer. In the case of a sole trader / partnership please provide personal identification. In the case of a Ltd company please provide evidence of company i.e. Accounts, Drivers Licence, Passport
  • Evidence of your fixed property costs, if not the ratepayer, i.e. Lease agreement, mortgage documents, rent statement;
  • Evidence of how your business has suffered a significant fall in net income due to the COVID-19 crisis. The evidence must show the turnover for the current financial year and previous year, or months since started trading if a new business, i.e. Accounts, Profit & Loss, Self-Assessment Return
How to apply

You can apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant online by clicking the button below.

Apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant

What you need to apply

To apply for the grant the business will be asked for one or more of the following:

  • Evidence of the business trading as at 4 November 2020 (please note the business rate bill is not acceptable), i.e. Delivery Note, Expenses Receipt, Purchase Order, Sales Receipt;
  • Evidence of the claimant being the named holder of the bank account, Bank Statement;
  • Evidence of the company occupying the property as at 4 November 2020 (please note the business rate bill is not acceptable), i.e. Electric Bill, Gas Bill, Landline Phone, Water Bill;
  • Evidence of identification of ratepayer. In the case of a sole trader / partnership please provide personal identification. In the case of a Ltd company please provide evidence of company i.e. Accounts, Drivers Licence, Passport
  • Evidence of your fixed property costs, if not the ratepayer, i.e. Lease agreement, mortgage documents, rent statement;
  • Evidence of how your business has suffered a significant fall in net income due to the COVID-19 crisis. The evidence must show the turnover for the current financial year and previous year, or months since started trading if a new business, i.e. Accounts, Profit & Loss, Self-Assessment Return

 

How and when the grant payment will be made

We are expecting a high volume of claims for these grants. We will be clearing claims as quickly as possible in date order and aim to validate claims within 10 working days of receipt of all information required.

Our partners, Ascendant Solutions Limited, have provided the online application platform that is being used for the grants. The online application platform will be used to process your application.

We’ll send you an email to confirm we have received your claim and we will keep in contact with you by email.

The grant payment is payable to the claimant (ratepayer where liability for business rates). The payment will be paid directly into the nominated bank account and the details passed to payment processing the day after your notification of award email, which can take up to 5 working days to reach your bank account.

All grant payments are subject to income tax and the State Aid thresholds.

This funding will be provided on a rolling 28-day basis for as long as national restrictions apply.

State Aid rules

You can find out about State Aid on the GOV.UK website.

As the award of relief and grants could be classed as State Aid, Local Authorities have a duty to consider and comply with European Commission State Aid legislation. Although the United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020, under the Withdrawal Agreement, State Aid continues to apply during the transition period.

Grant support after national restrictions

Once national restrictions are removed, support for businesses may be available consistent with the Local Covid Alert Level. We will publish more details when they are available.

Grant support prior to national restrictions

The government has confirmed other Local Restriction Support Grants to support businesses prior to Thursday 5 November. We will publish information on this webpage shortly regarding these.

Contact us

If you need help with your Local Restriction Support Grant or Additional Restrictions Grant application or have a general query, you can get in touch with us by emailing business.grants@wolverhampton.gov.uk or calling the business support phoneline on 01902 290242 between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Thursday or from 9am to 4.30pm on Fridays.

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