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Dudley Council is committed to its businesses and will do all it can to support them through this difficult time.

Government Business Grants

Following the introduction of national restrictions on 5 November 2020 the government announced further financial support for businesses in the form of new grant schemes:

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant 
  • Additional Restrictions Support Grant

Local Restrictions Support Grant

** Only businesses who have business rates liability AND have been forced to close by the government are eligible to apply for this scheme. ** 

  • This grant is for certain businesses who have business rates liability and have been instructed to close by government. (see list below)

If you do not meet the criteria the grant portal system will not allow you to complete an application.

Grants are available to the following businesses and venues who have been forced to close:

  • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.
  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs, with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm; and not including alcohol), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery.
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes.
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges.
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks, theme parks. Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open.
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other peoples’ homes.
  • Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities as set out below. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services – e.g. for people who do not have it at home - and for click-and-collect.

Grants are not available to businesses that:

  • are able to continue to trade, because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and/or can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors).
  • have chosen to close but have not been instructed to do so.
  • are in administration, insolvent or subject to a striking-off notice.

Grant awards:

Grants are awarded to the ratepayer for the four week period. The value is dependent on the Rateable Value (RV) of the relevant property:

  • RV of £15,000 or less – grant award £1,334
  • RV over £15,000 but less than £51,000 - £2,000
  • RV of £51,000 or over - £3,000

Additional Restrictions Grant

A discretionary scheme has also been announced to provide further support for:

  • Businesses that have closed but do not pay business rates, and
  • Businesses that have not been required to close, but are still severely impacted by national lockdown restriction.

Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant will be available on a staged basis.

Stage one: National restrictions 5th November 2020 - 2nd December 2020.

Grants may be available for business in the following categories:

1A – Businesses that are legally required to close and have commercial premises, but that do not have Non-Domestic Rates liability.

1B – Businesses that are legally required to close and do not have commercial premises

1C – Businesses that are not legally required to close but are significantly impacted by the national restrictions – businesses with Non-Domestic Rates liability*

1D - Businesses that are not legally required to close but are significantly impacted by the national restrictions – businesses with commercial premises but that do not have Non-Domestic Rates liability.*

1E - Businesses that are not legally required to close but are significantly impacted by the national restrictions – businesses that do not have commercial premises.*

*All business applying for 1C, 1D and 1E will be required to self-declare that they supply the majority of their goods/services directly into the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors. 

You can check if your business is required to close under the national lockdown measures.

Grants are not available to businesses that:

The following businesses will not be eligible for an award: 

  • Businesses in areas outside the scope of the localised restrictions, as defined by Government and not subject to a widespread national restriction. 
  • Businesses in categories 1A or 1B (above) that have chosen to close but not been required to.
  • Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State Aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework; and
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made at the date of the local restriction or widespread national restriction. 

Grant awards:

For the initial 28-day national restrictions period (ending 2nd December 2020):

Category Rateable value (if required) Award
1A N/A £1,334
1B N/A £500
1C RV of £15k or less £934
  RV over £15k but less than £51k £1,400
  RV of £51k or over £2,000
1D N/A £934
1E N/A £350

This applies to the national restriction period 5th November - 2nd December 2020 only. 

How to apply for a Grant

You can apply for the grant schemes listed above using our self-service grant application portal and attaching all supporting evidence.

**Please note: If you do not meet the criteria of the scheme to which you are applying the grant portal system will not allow you to complete an application. 

As part of your application process you will be required to provide copies of the following: 

  • Proof of ratepayer/applicant/business identification (Passport / Driving Licence / Financial Accounts)
  • Evidence of business trading as at 4th November (Delivery Note / Expenses Receipt / Purchase Order / Sales Receipt)
  • Evidence that the ratepayer/applicant/business is named holder of bank account (Bank Statement)
  • Evidence of company occupying the property as at 4th November (Electric Bill / Gas Bill / Landline Bill / Water Bill).
  • If a rates payer you will also need to supply both your property reference number and account reference number (you will find these on your bill) 

Depending on scheme and business category, you may also be required to supply your national insurance number (dependent upon your trading status), and/or multiple examples of evidence of fixed business related costs. 

The grant awards are subject to the State-Aid de minimis limits.

Apprentices

Apprentice support - The Government have introduced payments to support employers who hire new apprentices between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021. They will make this payment in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice:

  • aged 16 to 18 years old
  • under 25 with an education, health and care plan or has been in the care of their local authority

Employers who hire a new apprentice between these dates will receive a payment of:

  • £2,000 for apprentices aged 16 to 24
  • £1,500 for apprentices aged 25 and over

Find out more on the government website.

Hire experienced, work-ready apprentices - When you take on new apprentices, consider hiring apprentices who have been made redundant . They already have relevant skills and experience, and they qualify for the incentive payments too.

Support for apprentices facing redundancy - If you’re considering making an apprentice redundant, or you’re aware of employers who are, you can support them by sharing this guidance for apprentices facing redundancy.

  • Due to high volumes of calls our phone lines are very busy.  You can check progress of your application in the Grant Approval self-serve portal. 

    If your enquiry relates to the Additional Restrictions Grant please contact: discretionary.grant@dudley.gov.uk

    If your enquiry relates to the Local Restrictions Support Grant please contact: businessratesgrants@dudley.gov.uk