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Business Support Grants for November National Lockdown

This funding is only available for those businesses required to close during the 2nd National Lockdown period from 05 November 2020 to 02 December 2020

On 31 October the Government announced certain businesses and venues would be required to close from 5 November to 2 December 2020 and set out the circumstances where a grant payment may be made by the council to businesses affected by the closedown.

For eligible businesses, the amount of Local Restrictions Support Grant payable is as follows:

  • Businesses occupying properties appearing in the Rating List with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 5 November 2020, the grant payment will be £1,334 for this period

  • Businesses occupying properties appearing in the Rating List with a rateable value of between £15,001 - £50,999 on 5 November 2020, the grant payment will be £2,000 for this period

  • Businesses occupying properties appearing in the Rating List with a rateable value of £51,000 and over on 5 November 2020, the grant payment will be £3,000 for this period

    Further Government guidance on qualifying businesses and businesses that are excluded from the scheme can be found below:

    Guidance for new National Restrictions from 5 November

    Guidance - closing certain businesses and venues

    Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant.

State Aid Regulations

The grants issued to businesses in response to the COVID-19 outbreak are classed as 'state aid.'

State aid is when taxpayer funded resources are used to provide assistance to one or more organisations in a way that gives an advantage over others. 

As part of your application, you will be asked to confirm that your business will not exceed the state aid limits, as set down in law, if the grant is paid.

You will need to confirm how much state aid you have received within the current and previous two financial years. If you are not sure if help you have received qualifies as state aid, you should contact the awarding body or seek independent advice.

For the avoidance of doubt, any grants received from the Council would be considered state aid and you will need to declare these on your form.

You will also be asked to confirm that you are not an 'Undertaking in Distress' (within the meaning of Article 2(18) of the General Block Exemption Regulation) on 31 December 2019).

Making an Application

This application is provided to capture the information required by Torridge District Council to verify and make the payment of these grants.

Please make sure you follow the instructions very carefully and add the information EXACTLY as it is laid out on your business rates bill.

Please ensure you have the following information with you before you start your application:

  • Your 9 digit business rate account number which starts with a 26 and the name of your business as it appears on your rates bill

  • Your Company Number (as registered with Companies House) if a limited company

  • Your VAT number if VAT registered

  • Payments will be made by BACS to your business account.

    How to apply 

    If your business is eligible please complete the online application form below:

Please do not use this form to apply for a grant for the latest January 2021 lockdown. A new application form will be available once we have received full details from the Government

 Apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant