Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)

Support grants for Trafford businesses that remain open during the coronavirus lockdown.

Update to cover from 30 December until national lockdown / Tier 4 ceases

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) scheme ceases to apply when in Tier 4 and national lockdown.

The national lockdown has remained in place and businesses mandated to close in the retail, hospitality and leisure industries will received a Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG Closed / Addendum) in line with the guidance. Read further information on these schemes.

If you are permitted to remain open you will not receive any further payments while Trafford remain under national / Tier 4 restrictions.

Trafford Council continues to invite applications from eligible Trafford based businesses who have not yet applied and remained open from 1 August 2020 and were subject to local restrictions; details below:

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

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.

EU state aid rules apply to all payments made before 1 January 2021.

LRSG awards count towards the total de minimis state aid you're allowed to get over a 3 year period - €200,000.

If you have reached the de minimis threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework. The limit for this framework is €800,000 under Section 3.1 of the Framework.

If you have already reached the de minimis threshold and the €800,000 limit under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework, you may be able to receive further grant funding. This subject to a number of conditions under Section 3.12 of the Temporary Framework.

The LRSG application form will ask you to complete a declaration confirming that you will not exceed the relevant state aid threshold by receiving a LRSG grant.

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 Data Protection at Trafford Council.

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.