This page provides information on the current financial support available for businesses throughout the COVID 19 pandemic.
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.

Grants currently available
Business Restart Grants

Applications to the Government’s Business Restart Grants scheme will go live on Thursday, April 1, 2021.

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses that are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses sectors in England.

It is a one-off grant payment available to eligible premises.

Non-essential retail premises:

  • For properties with rateable value of £15,000 or under, grant of £2,667
  • For properties with rateable value of over £15,000 and below £51,000, grant of £4,000
  • For properties with rateable value of £51,000 and over, grant of £6,000

Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym premises:

  • For properties with rateable value of £15,000 or under, grant of £8,000
  • For properties with rateable value of over £15,000 and below £51,000, grant of £12,000
  • For properties with rateable value of £51,000 and over, grant of £18,000

Grant awards will be based on business rates records held on April 1, 2021.

Business must be ‘trading’ on 1 April 2021 to be eligible.

Awards are subject to maximum permitted subsidy allowances and are treated as taxable income.

The closing date for applications will be June 30, 2021.

Please choose the eligibility sector definition to see which applies to your business:

Non-essential retail

For the purposes of this scheme, a non-essential retail business can be defined as a business that is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services by the public, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public using the following criteria:

  • Businesses offering in-person non-essential retail to the general public.
  • Businesses that were likely to have been required to cease their retail operation in the January 2021 lockdown.
  • Businesses that had retail services restricted during January lockdown.
  • Businesses that sell directly to consumers.

For these purposes, the definition of a non-essential retail business should exclude:

  • Food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores and corners shops
  • Off licences
  • Breweries
  • Pharmacies and chemists
  • Newsagents
  • Animal rescue centres and boarding facilities
  • Building merchants
  • Petrol stations
  • Vehicle repair and MOT services
  • Bicycle shops
  • Taxi and vehicle hire businesses
  • Education providers including tutoring services
  • Banks, building societies and other financial providers
  • Post offices
  • Funeral directors
  • Launderettes and dry cleaners
  • Medical practices
  • Veterinary surgeries and pet shops
  • Agricultural supply shops
  • Garden centres
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Wholesalers
  • Employment agencies and businesses
  • Office buildings
  • Automatic car washes
  • Mobility support shops.

When applying please choose Restart Grant 1 - Non Essential Retail and then choose the rateable value that applies to your business.

Apply for Business Restart Grants

Hospitality

For the purposes of this scheme, a hospitality business can be defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink using the following criteria:

  • Businesses offering in-person food and drink services to the general public.
  • Businesses that provide food and/or drink to be consumed on the premises, including outdoors

For these purposes, the definition of a hospitality retail business should exclude:

  • Food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway (not applicable to those that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions)

When applying please choose Restart Grant 2 - Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care and Gyms and then choose the rateable value that applies to your business.

Apply for Business Restart Grants

Leisure

For the purposes of this scheme, a leisure business can be defined as a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out using the following criteria:

  • Businesses that may provide in-person intangible experiences in addition to goods
  • Businesses that may rely on seasonal labour
  • Businesses that may assume particular public safety responsibilities
  • Businesses that may operate with irregular hours through day, night and weekends

For these purposes, the definition of a leisure business should exclude:

  • All retail businesses,
  • Coach tour operators
  • Tour operators
  • Telescopes

When applying please choose Restart Grant 2 - Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care and Gyms and then choose the rateable value that applies to your business.

Apply for Business Restart Grants

Accommodation

For the purposes of this scheme, an accommodation business can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes using the following criteria:

  • Businesses that provide accommodation for ‘away from home’ stays for work or leisure purposes
  • Businesses that provide accommodation for short-term leisure and holiday purposes

For these purposes, the definition of an accommodation business should exclude:

  • Private dwellings
  • Education accommodation
  • Residential homes
  • Care homes
  • Residential family centres
  • Beach huts.

When applying please choose Restart Grant 2 - Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care and Gyms and then choose the rateable value that applies to your business.

Apply for Business Restart Grants

Gym and sports

For the purposes of this scheme, a gym & sport business can be defined as a commercial or non-profit establishment where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis, using exercise equipment or open floor space with or without instruction, or where individual and group sporting, athletic and physical activities are participated in competitively or recreational using the following criteria:

  • Businesses that offer in-person exercise and sport activities to the general public
  • Businesses that open to members of the public paying an entry or membership fee
  • Businesses that require extensive cleaning protocols, which significantly slow down trade
  • Businesses that offer exercise classes or activities, which may mandate space and no masks etc.

For these purposes, the definition of a gym & sport business should exclude:

  • Home gyms
  • Home exercise studios
  • Home sports courts
  • Home sports grounds

When applying please choose Restart Grant 2 - Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care and Gyms and then choose the rateable value that applies to your business.

Apply for Business Restart Grants

Personal care

For the purposes of this scheme, a personal care business can be defined as a business which provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing using the following criteria:

  • Businesses that deliver in-person holistic, beauty and hair treatments
  • Businesses that provide services such as tattoos and piercing's
  • Businesses that offer close-contact services, which are required to deliver the treatment
  • Businesses that offer services, treatments or activities that require social distancing and cleaning protocols, which have led to a reduction in their capacity to deliver personal care services

For these purposes, the definition of a personal care business should exclude:

  • Businesses that only provide personal care goods, rather than services
  • Businesses used solely as training centres for staff, apprentices and others
  • Businesses providing dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services which incorporate personal care services
  • Treatments required by those with disabilities and services relating to mental health

When applying please choose Restart Grant 2 - Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care and Gyms and then choose the rateable value that applies to your business.

Apply for Business Restart Grants

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) - 16 February 2021 – 31 March 2021

Please note if you applied for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) prior to the 31 March 2021 you have already been awarded this payment. Please do not make a new application as this will be denied.

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:

  • have been 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

Local Restrictions Support Grants (National lockdown 3) will be based on the below rateable values of property and will be paid for the period 16 February 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 £2,096
  • 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 £3,143
  • 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 £4,714
How to apply

Don’t apply for this grant if your business was 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.

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 (Closed) - 16 February, 2021 – 31 March, 2021

Additional Restrictions Grant - November & December 2020

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 OPEN but has been severely affected as a result of the measures in place for Covid 19
  3. A business with no fixed property costs but can evidence a loss of income.

The grant is to support businesses with fixed property costs or 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 November & December 2020 online by clicking the button below.

Apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant November & December 2020

Additional Restrictions Grant 2021

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 schemes, City of Wolverhampton Council has opened two discretionary schemes covering the period of national lockdown from 5 January 2021 to 31 March 2021

  • Additional Restrictions Grant – (Closed) 
  • Additional Restrictions Grant – (Open)

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 Additional Restrictions 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 

Business Testing Grant

To ensure we continue to manage the spread of Covid 19, the council is offering a grant to support Wolverhampton businesses to undertake regular testing of its workforce. 

Please visit Business Testing Grant for more information.

Business Testing Grant

Grants that have now closed
Closed business one-off lockdown 3 payment

The deadline for applications to this grant passed on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

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.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)

The deadline for applications to this grant passed on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

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

The deadline for applications to this grant passed on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

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.

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.

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

The deadline for applications to this grant has passed.

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.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

The deadline for applications to this grant passed on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

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

The deadline for applications to this grant passed on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

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.

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.

Taxi and Private Hire Grant Scheme

The deadline for applications to this grant passed on Wednesday, May 5, 2021.

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.

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 phone line on 01902 290242 between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Thursday or from 9am to 4.30pm on Fridays.

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