The Restart Grant scheme closed on 30 June 2021.
On 3 March 2021, central government announced the introduction of grant support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England.
This support will take the form of a one-off grant funding scheme in financial year 2021-2022. The scheme is called the Restart Grant.
Businesses will be eligible for this support from 1 April 2021 and local authorities must not make payments to businesses before this date. Subject to subsidy allowance conditions, businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible hereditament.
Businesses that have received Local Restrictions Support Grant to date will receive these payments automatically in April and they need not reapply. This scheme replaces the Local Restriction Support Grant which ends on 31 March 2021.
By accepting the grant payment, you are confirming that you are eligible for the grant scheme. The government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud - and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.
What grants will be paid and to which businesses?
The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses that are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public in the aforementioned sectors. The Restart Grant will support non-essential retail premises with one-off grants of up to £6,000 in Strand One of the Restart Grant. The following thresholds apply for these businesses:
The Restart Grant will also support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises with one-off grants of up to £18,000 in Strand Two of the Restart Grant. The following thresholds apply for these businesses:
This table sets out types of businesses that are eligible under the sector thresholds for this scheme. This list is not exhaustive, but indicative of the types of businesses that can be supported under this scheme.
Types of businesses
Non-essential retail (up to £6k)
Betting offices, departmental stores, markets (other than livestock), sales kiosks, showrooms, e.g. kitchen, bathroom, tile, glazing, tobacco and vape stores, antiques stores, sales offices, travel agents, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, clothes shops, book shops, auction rooms, car auction, car showrooms, car supermarkets, car washes (standalone), car/caravan, sales/display/hiring sites, charity shops, carpet stores, furniture shops, sofa shops, homeware shops, florists, plant nurseries, jewellers, stationery shops, gift shops, make-up shops, animal groomers, sweet shops, photography studios.
Hospitality (up to £18k)
Food courts, public houses/pub restaurants, roadside restaurants, wine bars, cafes.
Leisure (up to £18k)
Bingo halls, bowling alleys, casinos and gambling clubs, cinemas, ice rinks, museums and art galleries, roller skating rings, stately homes & historic houses, theatres, zoos & safari parks, amusement parks, pleasure piers, pavilions, conference centres, exhibition centres including for use as banquet halls and other events, wedding venues, events venues, heritage railways, public halls, night clubs & discotheques, hostess bars, sexual entertainment venues, shisha bars, waterpipe consumption, venues, arenas, concert halls, go kart rinks, model villages, tourist attractions, aquaria, miniature railways, theme park, amusement arcades including adult gaming centres, animal attractions at farms, wildlife centres, botanical gardens, circus, visitor attractions at film studios, soft play centres or areas, indoor riding centres, clubs & institutions, village halls & scout huts, cadet huts etc.
Accommodation (up to £18k)
Caravan parks, caravan sites and pitches, chalet parks, coaching inns, country house hotels, guest & boarding houses, hostels, hotels, lodges, holiday apartments, cottages or bungalows, campsites, boarding houses, canal boats or other vessels, B&Bs, catered holiday homes, holiday home.
Personal care (up to £18k)
Spas, sauna and steam rooms, hairdressing salons, tanning salons, nail salons, massage centres, massage treatments, tattoo and piercing studios, holistic therapy (reflexology, massage, acupuncture), barbers, groomers, beauty salons, beauticians, aesthetics, other non-surgical treatments.
Gyms & sport (up to £18k)
Dance schools and centres, dance studios, gymnasia/fitness suites, cricket centres, ski centres, sports and leisure centres, outdoor sports centres, outdoor adventure centres, squash courts, tennis centres, sports courts, swimming pools, shooting and archery venues, driving ranges, water sport centres, golf courses.
Which businesses are not eligible?
Excluded businesses include those that are not in the rating system, long-term empty or undergoing major works on 1 April 2021, and those that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances.
Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme. Other businesses not eligible are listed below, please note the lists are not exhaustive:
Types of businesses
Food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, corners shops, off licences, breweries, pharmacies, 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, laundrettes 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 and mobility support shops.
Food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway (not applicable to those that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions, in alignment with previous COVID-19 business grant schemes).
All retail businesses, coach tour operators, tour operators and telescopes.
Private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres, beach huts.
Gym and Sports
Home gyms, home exercise studios, home sports courts and home sports grounds.
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.
Update to COVID-19 business grant subsidy allowance
On Thursday 4 March new subsidy allowances were established for the COVID-19 business grants schemes.
Amount and conditions
Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance
Grants may be paid in accordance with Article 3.2(4) of the Trade and Corporation Agreement (TCA), which enables an applicant to receive up to a maximum level of subsidy without engaging Chapter 3 of the TCA. This allowance is 325,000 Special Drawing Rights, to a single economic actor over any period of three fiscal years, which is the equivalent of £335,000 as at 2 March 2021. An applicant may elect not to receive grants under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and instead receive grants only using the below allowances available under this scheme.
COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance
Where the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance has been reached, grants may be paid in compliance with the Principles set out in Article 3.4 of the TCA and in compliance with Article 3.2(3) of the TCA under the COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance (subsidies granted on a temporary basis to respond to a national or global economic emergency). For the purposes of these scheme rules, this allowance is £1,600,000 per single economic actor. This allowance includes any grants previously received under the COVID-19 business grant schemes and any state aid previously received under Section 3.1 of the European Commission's Temporary Framework across any other UK scheme. This may be combined with the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance to equal £1,935,000 (subject to the exact amount applicable under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance using the Special Drawing Right calculator).
COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance
Where an applicant has reached its limit under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, it may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £9,000,000 per single economic actor, provided the following conditions are met:
An applicant must be able to provide the necessary documentation to demonstrate it is eligible for funding under this COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance.
Grants provided in excess of the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance may not be granted to applicants that were defined as an 'undertaking in difficulty' on 31 December 2019.
In derogation to the above, grants can be granted to micro or small enterprises (as defined above) that were already in difficulty on 31 December 2019 provided that they are not subject to collective insolvency proceedings.
'Undertaking in difficulty' means an undertaking in respect of which at least one of the following circumstances occurs:
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy will be given access to the data you provide, and store and process it securely for monitoring and evaluation purposes only.
This includes, but is not limited to, follow up evaluation surveys relating to the business support grant schemes.