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Worcester City Council has received further funding from the Government’s Additional Restrictions Grant. Funding has been allocated for a Discretionary Restart Grant to help certain businesses which were not eligible for the previous COVID-19 Business Restart Grant. The funding allocation is significantly less than previous schemes and businesses which previously received a discretionary grant are not necessarily eligible for this Discretionary Restart Grant.

The Discretionary Restart Grant will support premises-based businesses and organisations. These are businesses that either operate within their own premises or their client’s premises. For those businesses which operate at events, this also includes temporary structures and defined open space which are within the operating boundary of the event.

The Discretionary Restart Grant will only be available to premises-based businesses and organisations that are not eligible for the COVID-19 Business Restart Grant and which meet the following criteria:

  • Businesses and organisations without a business rates account and that were mandated to close under the national restrictions from 5 January 2021
  • Businesses and organisations with a business rates account and that were not eligible for the BRG and provide ‘in person services’ from their premises and can clearly demonstrate a loss of income during the January – March lockdown and since businesses re-opened in April
  • Businesses and organisations with or without a business rates account and which are in the Events/conference sector or its supply chain OR the leisure/hospitality sector or its supply chain.

In addition, Worcester City Council will consider applications from businesses/ organisations which have not previously received any discretionary grant or were not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant during the period of November 2020 – March 2021.

To be eligible to apply for a grant under this scheme, a business or organisation must be trading. Fully constituted businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible under these conditions.

Eligible businesses may receive more than one Discretionary Restart Grant if they can demonstrate they trade from separate premises, e.g. Business Rates account or rental agreement for each premises. A separate application is required for each premises occupied.

The amount of grant payable is as follows:

Business Rates account

Rateable Value

Restart Grant

< £15,000

£1,200

£15,000 - £50,999

£1,800

£51,000 or above

£2,700

 

No Business Rates account

Turnover p.a.

Restart Grant

<£140,000

£1,200

£140,000 - £499,000

£1,800

£500,000 or above

£2,700

The turnover is based on the previous financial year prior to COVID.

Businesses and organisations which have previously received discretionary grant(s) since November 2020 and meet the eligibility criteria for the Discretionary Restart Grant have already been contacted by Worcester City Council by email (please check your spam files if relevant). These businesses and organisations are not required to submit a new application. 

Businesses and organisations which have not previously received any discretionary grant or were not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant during the period of November 2020 – March 2021 need to apply.  These businesses and organisations must read the guidance before applying.

Read the guidance for the Discretionary Restart Grant

Only businesses and organisations which meet the eligibility criteria should apply. Applications from businesses and organisations which do not meet the eligibility criteria will be automatically rejected.

Discretionary Restart Grant Application Form

Applications are open until 31 January 2022.  However, Worcester City Council will close the scheme earlier than this date if all the funding has been allocated.

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