COVID-19 Grant Funding Schemes
Support for businesses during national and tiered lockdowns
There are a number of different Government support grants available for businesses in Babergh and Mid Suffolk.
Please note: If you need this table presented to you in a different format, please contact us.
This page outlines the grants available during the different National and Local Tier Restrictions since 5 November 2020.
Covid-19 business support grants are now open and payments are being made. Further information, including closing dates, can be found below.
Businesses can apply retrospectively for grants and may be eligible for more than one grant.
Further information can be found by reading the Government's Tier 4 and January Lockdown Frequently Asked Questions.
Contact the Council
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
Grants available for the different lockdown periods
|Grant or payment||National Lockdown November (5 Nov - Dec 1)||Tier 2 (2 - 25 Dec)||Tier 4 (26 Dec 2020 - 4 Jan 2021)||National Lockdown Jan/Feb (5 Jan - mid Feb)|
|Closed business lockdown payment||X|
|Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) Addendum||X||X||X|
|Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed)||X|
|Local Restrictions Support Grant (open)||X|
|Local Restrictions Support Grant (sector)||X|
|Christmas Support payment||X|
|Additional Restrictions Grant||X||X|
How do I apply?
If you have not applied for any COVID-19 business support grants, the application forms are at the bottom of this page.
Where possible we have made automatic payments to businesses whose were mandated to close in the November national lockdown. However, 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, if your contact information has changed or you have reached state-aid limits.
Which grant should I apply for?
Closed business lockdown payment
This is for businesses mandated to close during the January/February National Lockdown. This includes businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. This grant is a one-off payment.
Businesses who have received the November lockdown payment do not need to reapply for this payment. It will be paid automatically, following a pre-payment check. Other businesses will need to make an application to claim this grant.
Applications for the Closed business lockdown payment must be submitted by Wednesday 31 March 2021.
Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) Addendum
This is for businesses mandated to close during National Lockdowns and Tier 4 Local Restrictions. This includes businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.
Businesses only need to apply for this grant once. Businesses will automatically receive additional lockdown payments (following pre-payment checks), so long as their circumstances do not change.
Applications for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) Addendum must be submitted by 31 March 2021.
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)
This is for businesses who were open during Tier 2 restrictions, but whose trade suffered as a result. This includes hospitality, hotels, bed and breakfast, leisure, events and culture or the immediate supply chain.
This Grant has a discretionary element to it. It allows us to provide support for those businesses without a rateable value, who can demonstrate that the restrictions have led to a significant financial impact on their business.
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)
This is for businesses such as wet-led pubs or bars who serve alcohol but not 'table meals', who were mandated to close in Tier 2.
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)
This is for nightclubs, casinos and entertainment venues who have been mandated to close since March 2020.
Christmas Support Payment
This is for businesses who earn under 50% of their income from food sales (often referred to as 'wet-led pubs').
This is a one-off payment of £1,000.
Applications for the Christmas Support Payment must be submitted by Sunday 31 January 2021.
Additional Restrictions Grant
The Additional Restriction Support Grant is a discretionary grant which is open for the following businesses affected by Tier 4 and the National lockdown that commenced on 5th January 2021.
- Non- Business Rate paying businesses that are required to close (eg mobile businesses or those in shared spaces)
- Other businesses not required to close but severely affected by these restrictions
Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant must be submitted by 31 March 2021.
How do I know if I must close my business?
A full list of businesses that must close during National Lockdown and Tier 4 Local Restrictions can be viewed on the government's website.
How much will I receive?
If you have a rateable value, you will be eligible for the amounts visible in the table. These values have been rounded for ease.
|Rateable value of property||November lockdown||Tier 2||Tier 4||Jan/Feb National Lockdown||Jan/Feb National Lockdown|
|Period of cover||Grant for 27 days||Grant for 24 days||Grants for 10 days||Grant per 42 day period||One-off grant payment|
|£15,000 or under||£1,334||
|£15,001 to £50,999||£2,000||
|£51,000 or over||£3,000||
Businesses without a rateable value who can demonstrate financial impact, will be eligible for a grant payment depending on turnover and/or financial impact through the Additional Restrictions Grant.
What if I have any questions?
You can email the Economic Development team or call 01473 296444 with any queries about COVID-19 business support grants and the application process.
Locally, more information and free business support is being offered by New Anglia Growth Hub. Visit New Anglia Growth Hub's website to contact a Growth Hub adviser
You may also find it helpful to visit the Government's COVID support finder