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COVID-19 Grant Funding Schemes

Support for businesses during national lockdown

There are several different Government support grants available and open for businesses in Babergh and Mid Suffolk.

  • Government Restart Grant
  • Discretionary Restart Grant
  • Local Restriction Support Grant
  • Additional Restrictions Grant

Contact the Council

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 business support grants or the application process please call 01473 296444 or email the Economic Development team

Grant applications and payments

All businesses must a submit an application form for the Covid-19 business and restart grants even if they have previously applied for and received a grant. This is due to additional information required by Government.

Once you have successfully submitted your grant application and have received a confirmation email by return, there is no need for you to contact us to check the status of your application. We are dealing with a large number of applications and will contact you if we require further information, otherwise please bear with us as we try to process the applications as quickly as possible.

Please check junk/ spam folders if a confirmation email has not been received. Grant payments are starting to be made - however, they cannot be paid until all relevant checks have been completed. 

Government Restart Grant

In the recent Budget the Chancellor announced the new Restart Grant scheme. The Restart Grant scheme, which replaces the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme, will launch on 1 April 2021 and aims to support businesses registered for Business Rates that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the sectors below;

  • Non-essential retail
  • Hospitality
  • Accommodation
  • Leisure
  • Personal care
  • Gym & Sport

The Restart Grant will be split into two strands. Under Strand One, grants of up to £6,000 will be paid to non-essential retail business premises, to help them reopen safely. Under Strand Two, grants of up to £18,000 will be allocated to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises.

Find out more and apply for the Government Restart Grant 

Discretionary Restart Grant

The Discretionary Restart Grant is now open to businesses unable to access the Government Restart Grant, but who may have costs associated with reopening their business or to resume trading at pre-Covid levels following the lifting of lockdown restrictions.

The grant will be a one-off payment that will consider the size of business, permitted opening dates,  anticipated costs and the impact of Covid on the business. All businesses must a submit an application even if they have previously applied for and received a Covid business support grant. This is due to additional information required by Government. 

Applications for the Discretionary Restart Grant must be submitted by 13 June 2021.

To find out more about the criteria and eligibility, please read the policy for the Discretionary Restart Grant 

Apply for the Discretionary Restart Grant

Back to Business Grant

More information about the Back to Business Grant will be available here soon.


Local Restriction Support Grant (closed) Addendum

This is for businesses in rated premises, mandated to close during the national lockdown restrictions between 16 February to 31 March 2021.

This includes businesses in the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors.

A full list of businesses that were mandated to close during national lockdown can be viewed on the government's website.

If you have not applied for any COVID-19 business support grants you must complete an application form.

Where possible we have made automatic payments to businesses that applied for, and were successful for, previous lockdown grants if they were mandated to close. If you haven’t heard from us but believe that you are eligible for further grants please submit an application form.

If your circumstances have changed since submitting your original application, you must inform us. This includes if your business has permanently closed, your bank details, your contact information has changed or you have reached state-aid limits.

Applications must be submitted by 31 May 2021

All other Local Restriction Support Grants which cover the periods between 5 November 2020 and 15 February 2021 are now closed.

Businesses can still apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant and Restart Grant if they meet the criteria.

How much will I get?

The grant is based on the rateable value of each business:

  • £15,000 or under - £2,096
  • £15,001 to £50,999 - £3143
  • £51,000 or over - £4,714


Additional Restrictions Grant

The Additional Restriction Support Grant is a discretionary grant which is open for businesses who do not pay business rates but have been severely financial impacted by National Lockdown restrictions between 5 January – 31 March 2021.

These businesses may include mobile businesses and those in shared premises.

Businesses without a rateable value who can demonstrate significant financial impact, may be eligible for a grant payment.

Find out more about the criteria and eligibility read the policy for the Additional Restrictions Grant.

Applications for Phase Two of the Additional Restrictions Grant covering the period between 5 January - 31 March 2021 must be submitted by 31 May 2021.


Subsidy Allowance

The new domestic subsidy allowance for the COVID-19 business support grants took effect on 4 March 2021. Applications made prior to that date are subject to the previous rules.

This scheme is covered by 3 subsidy allowances:

  • Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance – you’re allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of 3 years
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance – you’re allowed up to £1,600,000
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance - if you have reached your limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £9,000,000, provided certain conditions are met

Grants under these 3 allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £10,935,000 (subject to exchange rates).

Find out more about eligibility for the Additional Restrictions Grant and the subsidy allowance

External support

Further support is being offered by the New Anglia Growth Hub. Contact a Growth Hub advisor

You may also find it helpful to visit the government's COVID-19 support finder


Questions and Advice

You can email the Economic Development team or call 01473 296444 with any queries about COVID-19 business support grants and the application process.


Apply for a business support grant or payment

Restart Grant and Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) addendum

Application forms for Babergh businesses WITH a Rateable Value

Application forms for Mid Suffolk businesses WITH a Rateable Value

Discretionary Restart Grant 

Application form for the Discretionary Restart Grant (Open to businesses in Babergh and Mid Suffolk)

Additional Restrictions Grant 

Application form for the Additional Restrictions Grant  (Open to businesses in Babergh and Mid Suffolk)