Local restrictions support grant (closed businesses)

Update Thursday 3 December 2020

Trafford has been placed in Local Coronavirus Alert Level (LCAL) 3 (Very-High) restrictions for 14 days from 2 December 2020.

If your business has been mandated to remain closed due to the LCAL3 restrictions and you have already recieved a local restrictions grant payment, you do not need to reapply. Your next payment, and future payments, will be automatically processed on a recurring 2 weeks in arrears and 2 weeks in advance basis.

If you have not yet applied and are a Trafford based business registered for Business Rates, that has been required to close due to temporary COVID-19 local and national lockdown restrictions, you can still apply.

If your business is currently open but subject to the local restrictions, you may be able to qualify for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open). You do not need to apply for more than one scheme; the Council is taking one application per business and will assess eligibility for grants covering the Open and Closed schemes.

Who is eligible

The grants are available for those businesses that were open and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises and were then legally required to close. Eligible businesses are those:

  • Required to close during localised restrictions when Trafford was placed in Tier 3/Very High restrictions. This affects:
    • Pubs and bars who had to close from this date.
    • Casinos
    • Bingo halls
    • Betting shops
    • Adult gaming centres
    • Soft play centres
  • Required to close from 5 November 2020 until 2 December 2020 under the national lockdown restrictions. This affects businesses as determined by law.

Who is not eligible?

  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been legally required to close.
  • Businesses that were already closed before being legally required to close.
  • Businesses that can continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises.
  • 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.
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made.

Funding

Eligible businesses will be able to access up to £3,000 per four weeks of closure (payable by BACs), pro-rata for periods of less than four weeks, payable 2 weeks in advance and 2 weeks in arrears at the following rates:

Funding grants available
Rateable valueGrant paid per four-week period

£15,000 or less

£1,334

£15,001 and less than £51,000

£2,000

£51,000 or greater

£3,000

Before you start

You will need the following information to complete the application form:

  • Your Business Rates Account Reference Number (this will be on your most recent bill).
  • A copy of your latest bank statement (one issued within the last three months which clearly shows the name of the business or ratepayer; address; sort code and account number).

Fraud

You may face prosecution if you have manipulated or falsified your position in order to obtain these payments, including failure to close your business which puts others at risk.

Any payment made as a result of fraud may be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.

The Government is supporting local councils to make the necessary checks to ensure payments can be verified and have been made correctly.

The Council will be able to withhold payments and/or recall payments from businesses who are not adhering to the local and/or national restrictions that are in place, as this is part of the eligibility requirements.

State aid

The United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020. Under the Withdrawal Agreement, the State Aid rules continue to apply during a transition period, subject to regulation by the EU Commission.

Businesses who receive awards of Government grant funding such as the Local Restrictions Support Grant are required to comply with the EU law on State Aid.

Payments made will be provided under the existing De Minimis rules, provided doing so does not exceed the €200,000 threshold.

Payments made where the De Minimis threshold has been reached will be paid under the Covid-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities (threshold €800,000).

Businesses that have reached the limits of payments permissible under the De Minimis and the UK COVID-19 Temporary State Aid Framework will not be able to receive further grant funding.

Data sharing

Trafford Council will use your data for the processing of your Local Restriction Support Grant application.

We may check the information you provide or the information about you which somebody else provides, with other details we hold. If the law allows us, we may also receive information from other people or organisations or give information to them to check the accuracy of records, to prevent or detect crime, or to protect public funds in other ways.

All information is processed in accordance with the Council’s data protection policy .

Application process

You can apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant if you are registered for Business Rates and have been legally required to close your business.

If your business is closed for more than one period of four weeks under national lockdown arrangements, we will determine your eligibility for future payments based on your initial application, it is therefore important that you notify us immediately of any changes.

More details about all the Local Restrictions Support Grant schemes are available here:

We do not accept applications from third parties for the Local Restrictions Support Grant.

Local Restrictions Support Grants are subject to tax and will need to be declared by businesses in their tax returns.