A grant for businesses registered for business rates, forced to close under tier-3 restrictions or national lockdown.

If you're not registered for business rates, apply for a discretionary lockdown grant


To apply, a business must meet all of the following:

  1. was registered for business rates on 23 October 2020
  2. was open and trading as usual before the restrictions
  3. providing services in person to customers from the premises
  4. must be one of the following businesses required to close:

Forced to close on 23 October 2020 (under Tier 3 local restrictions)

  • pubs, bars and licensed premises (who do not serve substantial meals)
  • casinos
  • betting shops
  • adult gaming centres
  • soft play centres

Forced to close on 5 November 2020 (under second national lockdown)

  • non-essential retail
  • hospitality
  • leisure
  • entertainment
  • personal care

Check Gov.uk website to find if your business must close under the new national restrictions 


The following businesses are not eligible to apply:

  • if outside the scope of localised or national restrictions as defined by Government
  • if they decided to close when not required to under the scope of localised or national restrictions
  • if still subject to national closures, eg nightclubs
  • businesses that were in administration, or insolvent, or where a striking-off notice has been made at the date of the local lockdown
  • businesses considered to have a detrimental impact on the city eg imposition or breach of a statutory notice


The requirements and conditions of this grant programme:

  • are not exhaustive
  • may be subject to change in line with changes in issued guidance


What you will get

The amount you receive depends on the rateable value (RV) of the property and the length of time the business remains closed. 

An initial payment will be made covering 4 weeks upon receipt of a successful application. Payments will continue to be made every 2 weeks while restrictions are in place.

RV of £15,000 or under:

  • grant per 4 weeks: £1334
  • grant per 2 weeks: £667

RV of £15,001 to £50,999:

  • grant per 4 weeks: £2000
  • grant per 2 weeks: £1000

RV of £51,000 or over:

  • grant per 4 weeks: £3000
  • grant per 2 weeks: £1500


State Aid statement

This grant is considered by Government as a State Aid and will therefore be awarded under the either of the following regimes:

  • EU State De-Minimis Regulation or 
  • the UK Covid-19 Temporary Framework

Read more about state aid 

You will receive a letter from us to confirm this once you receive payment.

How to apply

Complete the online application form. 

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