Local restrictions support grant (open 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.

Trafford Council continues to invite applications from eligible Trafford based businesses that remain open and are subject to local restrictions. If your business has already received 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 your business is currently closed you may be able to qualify for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed). You do not need to apply for more than one scheme; the Council is taking one application per business and will assess elibility for grants covering the Open and Closed schemes.

Who is eligible

The grants are available for those businesses that are open and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises and are legally required to adhere to the local restrictions on socialising.

Eligible businesses are all within the following sectors:

  • Hospitality
  • Hotels
  • Bed and breakfasts
  • Leisure

Who is not eligible?

  • Businesses that were established after the introduction of the restrictions
  • 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 £2,100 per four weeks of closure (payable by BACs), payable 2 weeks in arrears and 2 weeks in advance, pro-rata for periods of less than four weeks, at the following rates:

Funding grants available
Rateable valueGrant paid per four-week period

£15,000 or less

£934

£15,001 and less than £51,000

£1,400

£51,000 or greater

£2,100

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 adhere to local restrictions to reduce socialising.

If your business is subject to further periods of local restrictions after the 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.

Apply for a local restrictions support grant