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COVID-19 - Government support for businesses

Restart Grant now open for applications

Business premises must have a live business rate account and operate in the following sectors:

  • Non-essential retail
  • Hospitality
  • Leisure
  • Personal care
  • Accommodation sector

Find out more and apply for a Restart Grant or browse other grant schemes below. 

The Government provides a range of support for businesses and organisations which are affected by coronavirus restrictions. We recommend you first check the Government’s support finder tool to get an understanding of what support is available to you.

It can be complicated to know which grant or grants to apply for, particularly because restriction guidelines have changed so rapidly over recent months.

You may be able to apply for multiple grants. To make it easy to apply for grants that you may be eligible for, we recommend you:

  1. browse through each date period below
  2. select a business description that matches yours
  3. click through to the grant application page(s), where you can read more about eligibility and make your application

Alternatively, you can view a list of available grants, and click through to their respective pages.

Please note before applying:

  • The names of the grants, and most of the eligibility criteria, is set by the Government and not by Swindon Borough Council.
  • You must complete a Universal Business Grant Property Form (UBG) for each business property before applying for any grants. You will find a link to the the UBG form on each grant application page.
  • We are experiencing very high numbers of applications, which are taking some time to process. We understand this is a difficult time for you and ask for your patience while we work as quickly as possible to process applications.

Find grants by date:

From April to June 2021 - Restart Grants

Your business property is used for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care or gym and sports and has a business rates account with Swindon Borough Council.

Apply for:

From 16 February to 31 March 2021 – Extended national lockdown period

Your business property was required to close under national restrictions and has a business rates account with Swindon Borough Council.

Apply for:

Your business property was required to close under national restrictions and does not have a business rates account with Swindon Borough Council.

Apply for:

Although your business property may not be mandated to close under national restrictions, your main income comes from businesses which are required to close.

Apply for:

From 6 January to 15 February 2021 – National lockdown period

Your business property was required to close under national restrictions and has a business rates account with Swindon Borough Council.

Apply for:

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards (Applications closed on 31 March 2021)
  • Closed Business Lockdown Payment (Applications closed on 31 March 2021)
  • Additional Restrictions Grant - Version 2

Your business has lost income as a result of the national restrictions.

Apply for:

You are a sole trader taxi driver licensed to Swindon Borough Council and operating with a reduced income during the national lockdown period.

Apply for:

31 December 2020 to 5 January 2021 - Tier 4 period

Your business property was required to close under local restrictions and has a business rates account with Swindon Borough Council.

Apply for:

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum Tier 4 (Applications closed on 31 March 2021)

2 December to 30 December 2020 – business either open or shut throughout both Tier 2 and Tier 3 periods

Your wet pub business property was required to close under local restrictions throughout both Tier 2 and Tier 3 periods and has a business rates account with Swindon Borough Council.

Apply for:

  • Back payment of Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) (Applications closed on 31 March 2021)
  • Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs (Applications closed)

Your wet pub business property was required to close under local restrictions throughout both Tier 2 and Tier 3 periods, but does not have a business rates account with Swindon Borough Council.

Apply for:

  • Back payment of Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) (Applications closed on 31 March 2021)

Your business operates in a specific, in-person service sector and lost income during the Tier 2 and Tier 3 periods, but was not required to close by law.

Apply for:

  • Back payment of Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) (Applications closed on 31 March 2021)

You are a sole trader taxi driver licensed to Swindon Borough Council and operating with a reduced income during the Tier 2 and Tier 3 periods.

Apply for:

26 December to 30 December 2020 – just Tier 3 period

Your business operates in a specific, in-person service sector, was required to close during the Tier 3 period, and has a business rates account with Swindon Borough Council.

Apply for:

  • Back payment of Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) (Applications closed on 31 March 2021)

2 December to 25 December 2020 – just Tier 2 period

Your business operates in a specific, in-person service sector and lost income during the Tier 2 period, but was not required to close by law.

Apply for:

  • Back payment of Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) (Applications closed on 31 March 2021)

From 5 November to 2 December 2020 – Previous national lockdown period

Your business property was required to close under national restrictions and has a business rates account with Swindon Borough Council.

Apply for:

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 November to 2 December 2020 (Applications closed on 31 March 2021)

23 March 2020 to 5 January 2021

Your business was required to close throughout the period from 23 March 2020 to 5 January 2021, is a nightclub, disco or adult entertainment venue, and has a business rates account with Swindon Borough Council.

Apply for:

  • Local Restrictions (sector) Support Grant (Applications closed on 31 March 2021)

Browse grants by name:

In Swindon, the following grant schemes are currently available. Click through to the relevant pages for eligibility details and how to apply:

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