A grant for Sheffield businesses with a business rates account, forced to close under tier-3 restrictions or national lockdown. Businesses should apply even if they are in receipt of business rates relief.

Page last updated: 10:06AM 11 February 2021

National Lockdown 6 Jan 2021 onwards

  • Dont apply if you have applied and received a lockdown grant anytime after 14 October 2020. We will continue to pay you all new entitlements
  • New applications will be backdated to 14 October 2020 where applicable


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

  1. have a business rates account as at 23 October 2020 or 4 January 2021
  2. was 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 premises due to any restrictions after 4 November 2020

  • accommodation
  • entertainment
  • hospitality 
  • leisure
  • non-essential retail (including those offering click and collect)
  • personal care

For example, it could also include businesses that operate primarily as an in-person venue, but which have been forced to close those services and now provide a takeaway-only service instead. 

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

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

Business that remain open during national lockdown

You are not eligible for this grant unless you are one of the following businesses:

  • accommodation business open by exception
  • non-essential retail offering click and collect
  • hospitality offering takeaway from premises closed to the public


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 and may be subject to change in line with changes in issued guidance


What you will get

A one off Lockdown grant

If successful, we award a single payment of 4 weeks based on the rateable value (RV) of the property. 

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

Top up payments

After we’ve paid the lockdown payment, we will assess which other one off top ups you are eligible for. 

These will be backdated from when restrictions were introduced. They depend on your RV and business sector.

We’ll pay automatically and confirm with you by email. You do not need to reapply.

Ongoing local restrictions payment

We’ll then pay another payment if you are affected by current local restrictions.

We’ll continue to pay this alongside the fortnightly government review.

You do not need to reapply if government changes Sheffield’s Tier level.

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. 

Contact Business Rates Grants