Businesses are being urged to remain patient and not duplicate applications, as this may result in a business’ original application being delayed, investigated or rejected.

To support businesses impacted by the national lockdown 3 restrictions, which began on 5 January, 2021, and local restrictions tiers, which started on 14 October (Tier 2), 2 December (Tier 3), and 31 December (Tier 4), 2020, grant schemes have been introduced: 

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed), which is for certain businesses that pay business rates and have been instructed to close by the Government. 

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open), which is for certain businesses that pay business rates and have remained open but have been severely affected by the restrictions. 

  • Additional Restrictions Grant, which is designed to support both open and closed, non-rated businesses, or businesses that are severely impacted that require support in local areas. This scheme is discretionary. 

Which grant/s should I apply for?

If you are unsure which of the business grant/s below you should apply for please follow the Business Grants Flowchart, which can be found in the Downloads section. Then choose the grant from the options below to find out eligibility requirements and how to apply.

Taxi and Private Hire Grant Scheme

City of Wolverhampton Council is offering grant support to Wolverhampton taxi and private hire drivers whose business has been significantly impacted by government restrictions during lockdown.

The Additional Restriction Grant – Taxi and Private Hire Grant Scheme is offering eligible drivers a one-off payment of £2,000.

It is aimed at Hackney Carriage/Dual and Private Hire Drivers.

In order to be eligible for the grant, drivers must be a resident of Wolverhampton and have been significantly impacted by government restrictions. 

You will need to provide the following evidence:

  • Name of applicant / licensed driver
  • Badge Number (HD/DD or PD)
  • Bank details in the driver’s name must be provided
  • National Insurance Number
  • Drivers must confirm they are self-employed and do not receive a salary from an employer through the PAYE scheme
  • Drivers need to certify they are not bankrupt, nor have they received a Statutory Demand or Bankruptcy Petition
  • Drivers must have lived in Wolverhampton for the past 13 weeks and must have notified Licensing Services of their current address
  • Driving licence showing Wolverhampton address
  • Must have held a taxi license since November 4, 2020

Once you have applied you will receive an email advising you of our decision within 20 working days.

All grant application forms submitted by businesses are subject to thorough eligibility checks.

Further communication with businesses may be necessary if any of the required information is missing.

It is important that you do not submit duplicate applications as this may result in your application being cancelled.

Apply for Hackney Carriage/Dual and Private Hire Drivers grant

Apply for discretionary lockdown 2021 support

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) is for certain businesses, who pay business rates, forced to close by law under the period of national lockdown, from 5 January 2021 to 31 March 2021.    
  
For businesses that have been impacted but do not qualify for the national scheme, City of Wolverhampton Council has opened two discretionary schemes.  
 
Businesses that have been forced to close can apply for a one-off payment and an Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), based on the business’ fixed costs. The Council also recognises there are businesses able to remain open but are struggling. Therefore, along with support for ‘Closed Businesses’, the Council has opened a new scheme to support businesses that are open but have been significantly affected due to current lockdown restrictions. 
 
Both schemes are open to Rateable businesses not eligible for Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) as well as businesses who do not have their own business rate account.   
  
Grants will be offered - based either on the businesses rateable value or the fixed cost of the business - at the same value as the national Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) scheme.   
  
During the 2021 lockdown period the Council will offer a single  ARG grant to cover the period to be paid to each eligible business.  
  
Please note, if you applied and received payment under the previous Lockdown Additional Restrictions Grant scheme which was in place from 5 November to 2 December 2020, you can submit an application based on your previous information, with the ability to confirm or change any necessary details. This will speed up the application process.

Apply now 

Closed business one-off lockdown 3 payment

This scheme supports retail, hospitality and leisure businesses which are legally mandated to close and are subject to paying National Non-Domestic Rates on 5 January 2021.  
 
Any application for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) scheme for the period 5 January to 31 March 2021 will also be automatically considered for the Closed Business Lockdown Payment, which is an additional grant for those eligible businesses.  
 
Applications must be submitted by 31 March 2021. 
 
If your business is eligible and a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you will receive an additional cash grant of £4,000.  
 
If your business is eligible and a property with a rateable value of £15,000 to £50,999, you will receive an additional cash grant of £6,000.  
 
If your business is eligible and a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, you will receive an additional cash grant of £9,000.  
 
If you have already made a recent application for a business grant then you can use this information and evidence as the basis for any subsequent application.

Apply for a Closed business one-off lockdown 3 payment

Apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

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:

  • be 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 the start of the relevant restrictions beginning
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 (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

National Lockdown 2

Local Restrictions Support Grants (national lockdown 2 period) 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 £15,000 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 £15,001 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.

Tier 3 Restrictions

Local Restrictions Support Grants (Tier 3 restrictions) will be based on the rateable value of the property as it was on Wednesday 2 December. The grant will be paid for the period from Wednesday 2 December every 14 days whilst the restrictions remain.

  • If your business is eligible and a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you will receive a cash grant of £667 every 14 days.
  • If your business is eligible and a property with a rateable value of £15,001 to £50,999, you will receive a cash grant of £1,000 every 14 days.
  • If your business is eligible and a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, you will receive a cash grant of £1,500 every 14 days.

Tier 4 Restrictions

Local Restrictions Support Grants (Tier 4 restrictions) will be based on the below rateable values of property and will be paid for the period of 31 December to 4 January. 

  • If your business is eligible and a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you will receive a cash grant of £238.
  • If your business is eligible and a property with a rateable value of £15,001 to £50,999, you will receive a cash grant of £357. 
  • If your business is eligible and a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, you will receive a cash grant of £536. 

National Lockdown 3 

Local Restrictions Support Grants (National lockdown 3) will be based on the below rateable values of property and will be paid for the period 5 January 2021 to 31 March 2021.   

  • If your business is eligible and a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you will receive a cash grant of £667 every 14 days, paid as a single amount of £4,097 
  • If your business is eligible and a property with a rateable value of £15,001 to £50,999, you will receive a cash grant of £1,000 every 14 days, paid as a single amount of £6,143 
  • If your business is eligible and a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, you will receive a cash grant of £1,500 every 14 days, paid as a single amount of £9,214 
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 (Closed)

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 Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)

The LRSG (Open) will provide financial support to businesses linked to the hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure sectors, initially as a priority. Those affected by the Tier 2 local restrictions which were in place from *14 October to 4 November 2020 and Tier 3 effective from 2 December 2020. It will also consider all businesses that are not legally required to close - but which are severely impacted by the localised restrictions on socialising.

* A pro rata amount will be awarded for the period from 14 October to 4 November 2020 (22 days).

What you will get

The following grant payments will be made for:

  • Grants of up to £467 per 14-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.
  • Grants of up to £700 per 14-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.
  • Grants of up to £1,050 per 14-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.

Those businesses where the Council are unable to attribute a rateable value to their trading premises will be entitled to grants based on their fixed costs aligned to the rateable values.

How to apply

You can apply for the Local Restriction Support Grant (Open) 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 Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)

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 Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

This is a mandatory grant which is applicable for the period 2 December to 29 December, 2020 for pubs that derive under 50% of their income from food sales prior to 11 March 2020.

If the business was established after 11 March, 2020, and before 1 December, 2020, they will be required to supply accounting evidence.

Pubs should under normal circumstances (without local or national restrictions) be described as: open to the general public, allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided, allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed and permit drinks to be purchased at a bar.

For these purposes, the definition of a pub should exclude: restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos.

The grant is intended to support wet-led pubs in areas under Tier 2 or 3 restrictions, who were trading on 30 November, 2020, and are shown as the ratepayer on 1 December, 2020.

If your business is eligible, you will receive a one-off cash grant of £1,000.

The deadline for final applications to be received by the Council has been extended to 28 February, 2021, and grant funding to be paid as quickly as possible but no later than 31 March, 2021.

This grant is in addition to any funding received under the LRSG (Open), LRSG (Closed) or ARG grant schemes.

Apply for a Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

Apply for an 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.

This Additional Restrictions Grant is for businesses that have been severely impacted by the national restrictions between Thursday 5 November and Wednesday 30 December 2020, and are not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grants.

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 for the first payment 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

After that, in line with the guidance on the national scheme, additional payments will be made at 70 per cent:

  • £933 Rateable value or fixed costs up to £15,000
  • £1,400 Rateable value or fixed costs between £15,001 and £51,000
  • £2,100 Rateable value or fixed costs over £51,000

Evidence of loss of income will need to be provided.

Where businesses have more than one hereditament and the loss for each hereditament cannot be demonstrated in separate bank accounts, the cumulative figure of all the rateable values will be used to determine the value of the 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 to apply

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

Apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant

Apply for Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

This is a mandatory grant which is applicable for the period from *1 November to 4 November 2020 and from 2 December, 2020.

The grant is intended to support businesses that have been required to close nationally since 23 March 2020. It may also cover any new national closures of business property types in the future, such business are:

  • Nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques
  • Adult entertainment venues and hostess bars

* A pro rata amount will be awarded for the period 1 to 4 November 2020 (4 days).

This funding will be provided on a rolling 14-day basis for as long as national restrictions apply.

What you will get

The level of grant payment will be dependent on the rateable value of the premises occupied by the business as shown below:

  • Rateable value £15,000 and under, £667 per 14-day qualifying restriction period
  • Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, £1,000 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above, £1,500 per 14-day qualifying restriction period

Each application and the amount of fund will be determined on its own merits.

How to apply

You can apply for the Local Restriction Support Grant (Sector) 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 Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

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.

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.

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.

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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