COVID-19 - Government support for businesses

Back payment of Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) (LRSGO)

About the grant

Swindon changed tiers quickly over the festive period, so you may have missed the chance to apply for a grant for which you might be eligible.

One of these schemes is the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open).

Some businesses remained open throughout Tiers 2 and 3 (2 December to 30 December 2020), and although their income was reduced due to the restrictions, were not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) for that period. These businesses may be eligible for this grant.

Also, some businesses were only open for the Tier 2 period (2 December to 25 December 2020), then required to close by the Government under Tier 3, also with reduced income but not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) for that period. Again, these businesses may be eligible for this grant.

Business closures during these periods

Businesses in the following sub-sectors were not required to close under just Tier 2 (2 December to 25 December 2020):

  • Arcades and gaming centres
  • Bookmaker shop
  • Bowling
  • Business events and conferences
  • Circuses
  • Casinos and bingo
  • Event management
  • Food or drink retail (including convenience stores/corner shops/ takeaways) will not be eligible.
  • Hair, tattoo, piercing nails and/or beauty salon
  • Hall for hire
  • Holiday accommodation
  • Hospitality venues which serve food including restaurants and cafes
  • Indoor attractions
  • Indoor play areas
  • Indoor sport or leisure facility (please check the national guidance as facilities required to close by law may be eligible for another scheme) 
  • Non-essential retail shop or stall where the majority of income (in normal times) is face-to-face
  • Outdoor fairground or visitor attraction
  • Outdoor sports facilities
  • Snooker or pool venue
  • Theatre or cinema
  • Vehicle showroom

Businesses within the following sub-sectors were not required to close under Tier 3 (26 December to 30 December 2020):

  • Bookmaker shop
  • Event management
  • Food or drink retail (including convenience stores/corner shops/ takeaways) will not be eligible.
  • Hair, tattoo, piercing nails and/or beauty salon
  • Hall for hire
  • Indoor sport or leisure facility (please check the national guidance as facilities required to close by law may be eligible for another scheme) 
  • Non-essential retail shop or stall where the majority of income (in normal times) is face-to-face
  • Outdoor fairground or visitor attraction
  • Outdoor sports facilities
  • Vehicle showroom

If your business was required to close under Tier 3 (26 December – 31 December 2020), you may also be eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed).

Eligibility

To be eligible for the grant, businesses must:

  • Operate within one of the sub-sectors listed above during the relevant period

and:

  • Fall into one of the following two categories:
    • It was not legally required to close under the COVID-19 local tier restrictions during these periods (as those businesses may be eligible for other grants) and had income impacted by the restrictions

      or:
       
    • It was legally required to close under the COVID-19 local tier restrictions during these periods and does not have a live business rates account for the commercial property with Swindon Borough Council

Other application criteria:

  • Applicants can be sole traders, businesses, charities, town and parish councils and community interest companies
  • On 1 December 2020 businesses must have:
    • not been in administration, insolvent or subject to a striking office notice
    • not been an undertaking in difficulty (with the definition of Article 2(18) of the General Block Exemption Regulation)
    • been actively trading (buying and selling goods or services)
  • Businesses must not have received more than 800,000 EUROS in state funding within the last three-fiscal year period. Please read the Government guidance about state aid.
  • Businesses which have found alternative, safe methods of trading (for example, new takeaway services) may still be eligible for a grant. However, if the substantive business was already takeaway or deliveries, they are not eligible.
  • Eligible applicants will receive one grant per business property, so a business can apply for multiple grants.
  • More than one business can apply if they are sharing a property.
  • Eligible properties can include shared workspace (including renting a chair or desk), working from home in a defined space, individual units and outdoor pitches within the sectors above.
  • Applicants cannot apply for other schemes during this period, but can apply for grant schemes before and after this period.
  • We will endeavour to protect against fraud and neither we nor the Government will accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any businesses falsifying information will face prosecution and any funding issued will be clawed back.
  • Swindon Borough Council may verify and share any information from grant applications with other council departments and government departments.
  • There is no appeals process if your application is rejected.

If you are entitled to a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) covering the Tier 2 and 3 period (2 December to 30 December 2020), you will receive one of the below payments.

If you do not have a live business rates account and:

  • share a commercial property or work from home you will receive £517.86
  • rent a whole commercial property you will receive £967.36

If you do have a live business rates account and:

  • your rateable value is less than or equal to £15,000, you will receive a payment of £967.36
  • your rateable value is greater than £15,000 and less than £51,000, you will receive a payment of £1,450
  • your rateable value is greater than or equal to £51,000, you will receive a payment of £2,175

If you are entitled to a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) covering the Tier 2 period only (2 December to 25 December 2020), you will receive one of the below payments.

If you do not have a live business rates account and:

  • share a commercial property or work from home you will receive £428.57
  • rent a whole commercial property you will receive £800.57

If you do have a live business rates account and:

  • your rateable value is less than or equal to £15,000, you will receive a payment of £800.57
  • your rateable value is greater than £15,000 and less than £51,000, you will receive a payment of £1,200
  • your rateable value is greater than or equal to £51,000, you will receive a payment of £1,800

Making your application

  • Only company directors, owners, employees, or authorised representatives can make an application.
  • You must read the grant scheme criteria first.
  • You must first complete a universal business grant form, which will generate a unique business grant reference number. Please complete this form with as much detail as possible, even if you have already applied for other grants. You will need your unique business grant reference number when you complete the form.
  • If you need support making your application, email support@swindon.gov.uk explaining the help you need. Please note we receive many enquiries each day so it may take some time to respond.
  • If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the form, please note we recommend using the Google Chrome browser.
  • We are processing grants as quickly as possible, but have very high numbers of applicants. We understand that these are challenging times for businesses, but please bear with us. You can check the progress of your application on your online account.

Apply for the grant

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