On 2 December 2020, Worcester was placed in Tier Two, and on 31 December until the 4 January, Worcester was placed in Tier 3 under the national Covid regulations. The Government has made financial support available for businesses affected by the move to Tier Two and/or Tier Three.
Local support grant for businesses that are required to CLOSE
Businesses registered for business rates that were legally required to close due to Worcester moving to Tier Two and/or Tier Three restrictions up to 4 January 2021may be eligible for 14-day grant payments.
The value of this grant payment will depend on the rateable value of your business.
- Businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under will receive £667.00 per 14-day period.
- Businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive £1,000 per 14-day period.
- Businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above will receive £1,500 per 14-day period.
Businesses may receive more than one grant where they have more than one eligible hereditament.
In order to access this grant, businesses need to register to confirm their details and eligibility for this grant.
Local support grants for businesses that are OPEN
For a business that is not required to close, there are two separate types of funding that are available:
- Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)
- Local Restrictions Discretionary Grant (Tier Two and Tier Three)
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)
This scheme is designed primarily for businesses on the Worcester City Council ratings list in the hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast and leisure sectors, many of which were required to close under the recent lockdown between 4 November and 2 December.
The amount of grant payable is specified in regulations. However, the Council has taken the decision to top-up these grants so that the amount payable is in line with its discretionary grants policy.
Local Restrictions Discretionary Grant (Tier Two and Tier Three)
The Local Restrictions Discretionary Grant (Tier Two and Tier Three) is for those businesses which are not eligible under the Government’s Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) scheme but have been affected by the national lockdown and continue to face loss of business under the Tier Two and Tier Three restrictions.
All businesses that are not required to close but have faced loss of business as a result of Covid-19 should apply here using the same registration form. The Council will allocate businesses to the appropriate grant and will advise you in due course of the amount of grant for which you are eligible. Please read the guidance setting out the details of these schemes.
Businesses and organisations are eligible to apply, if they:
- were trading on 2 December 2020
- are of any size, subject to the amount of the grant not exceeding state aid rules, including any temporary lifting of restrictions, - this includes limited companies, partnerships, sole traders, charities and community interest companies
- occupy rateable or non-rateable property.
Eligible businesses may receive more than one grant if they can demonstrate that they trade from separate premises, e.g. separate business rates accounts or rental agreements for each premises. In these instances, the grant amount may be adjusted to reflect the number of days/week occupied at each premises. A separate application is required for each premises occupied.
Businesses and organisations that have applied for the previous Local Restrictions Discretionary Grant (immediate) and were deemed eligible to receive a payment do not need to re-register – you will receive an automatic payment for the 14-day period using your previously submitted details.