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Business Rates, Business Grants and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

There are a number of grants schemes in operation or development to assist businesses who have been impacted by the restrictions arising from the Coronavirus pandemic.

Call our Grants Helpline

If you are not sure if your business is eligible for any of these schemes then please call our Grants Helpline on 01329 824430 or email us at brgrants@fareham.gov.uk. The helpline is open on weekdays between 8:45 am and 5.15pm.

The table below lists the current schemes and highlights if you need to complete an application form to be considered for them.

MANDATORY GRANTS  (SCHEME DEFINED BY GOVERNMENT)
Ref Scheme Who is this for? What is the value of the grant? How do I get the grant?

 

LRSG (C) / A

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum

 

Business rates payers forced to close by the government during a National Lockdown.

Businesses required to close but still partially trading, for example, by adapting to takeaway, click and collect or online trading are still eligible

 

£1,334, £2,000 or £3,000 every four weeks (based on the rateable value of the property)

 

Application form on the Council's website External Hyperlink.

Only 1 application needed for the first period of lockdown, after which payments will be automatically made.

 

LRSG (C)

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

 

Business rates payers forced to close
by the government when the borough is in Tier 2 or Tier 3.

Businesses required to close but still partially trading, for example, by adapting to takeaway, click and collect or online trading are still eligible
 

 

£667, £1,000 or £1,500 every two weeks (based on the rateable value of the property)

 

Payments automatically sent to recipients of LRSG (C)/A who also qualify for this grant

 

LRSG (C)/A T4

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum Tier 4

 

Business rates payers forced to close by the government when the borough is in Tier 4

Businesses required to close but still partially trading, for example, by adapting to takeaway, click and collect or online trading are still eligible
 

 

£667, £1,000 or £1,500 every two weeks (based on the rateable value of the property)

 

Payments automatically sent to recipients of LRSG (C)/A who also qualify for this grant

 

CSP

 

Christmas Support Payment for Wet-Led Pubs

 

Pubs and Bars who derive more than 50% of their income from sales of drink.

Businesses must be liable for business rates, open to the general public and allow free entry
 

 

One-off payment of £1,000

 

Scheme now closed

 

CBLP

 

Closed Business Lockdown Payment

 

Business rates payers forced to close by the government during the National Lockdown commencing 5 January 2021.

Businesses required to close but still partially trading, for example, by adapting to takeaway, click and collect or online trading are still eligible.
 

 

One-off payment of £4,000, £6,000 or £9,000 (based on the rateable value of the property)

 

Payments automatically sent to recipients of LRSG (C)/A who also qualify for this grant

DISCRETIONARY GRANTS  (SCHEME DEFINED BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES)
Ref Scheme Who is this for? What is the value of the grant? How do I get the grant?

 

LRSG (O)

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)

 

Business rates payers severely impacted when the borough is in Tier 2 or Tier 3.

Covers businesses in the Borough in the hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure sectors.

Businesses which are in the supply chain and whose primary customers are in the same sectors, would also be eligible for these grants.
 

 

£467, £700 or £1,050 every two weeks (based on the rateable value of the property)

 

Application form on the Council's website External Hyperlink.

 

ARG T1

 

Additional Restrictions Grants Tranche 1

 

Businesses suffering a financial loss of at least 15% during the November 2020 National Lockdown and who are not eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant.

 

One off payment of £1,334, £2,000 or £3,000 depending on nature of the business's premises.

Top up of £2,500 for businesses operating from domestic premises.
 

 

Application form on the Council's website External Hyperlink.

 

ARG T2 P1

 

Additional Restrictions Grants Tranche 2 Part 1

 

Businesses suffering a financial loss of at least 15% during the December 2020 Tier 4 restriction and January 2021 National Lockdown, and who are not eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant.

 

One off payment of £4,000, £6,000 or £9,000 depending on nature of the business's premises.

Top up of £2,500 for businesses who are not rate payers but operate from commercial premises and who did not receive assistance under the previous discretionary scheme.
 

 

Payments automatically sent to recipients of ARG T1 who also qualify for this grant

 

ARG T1M

 

Additional Restrictions Grants for Market Traders

 

Businesses who actively trade at the Fareham or Portchester Markets

 

Varies depending on the frequency and cost of hiring the market stall between 14/12/20 to 31/03/21
 

 

Arranged via the Market Operator

 

State Aid/Subsidy Control

State Aid is the financial support given to businesses by Government. The nature of the State Aid rules have changed as the country has now left the European Union.

Fareham Borough Council must be satisfied that all State Aid and Subsidy Control requirements have been fully met and complied with when making grant payments. If you are unsure whether the rules apply to you, please see this further guidance.

Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed) (LRSG-C)

The Government has provided grant funding for businesses who have been forced to close when the Borough was in Tier 2, Tier 4 or National Lockdown restrictions as listed in the table below:

Date Restrictions
5 November 2020 – 1 December 2020 National Lockdown
2 December 2020 – 25 December 2020 Tier 2
26 December 2020 – 4 January 2021 Tier 4
5 January 2021 to date National Lockdown

Where a business has been forced to close under these restrictions, Fareham Borough Council can offer the following Business Grants: 

In order to apply for the grant, you must be the ratepayer and your business must have been open and trading in the premises on the day before the restrictions began.

A tool to identify if you are a business which has been forced to close External Hyperlink has been published  by the Government.

Businesses forced to close, but able to provide a takeaway service only, or click and collect service, may still be eligible for the Local Restrictions Grant (Closed) Schemes.

If your business has been forced to close and you wish to claim one of the grants listed above, please complete this application form External Hyperlink and provide the proof of your Bank Account where requested.  We may have asked you to provide evidence of your Bank Account before but providing this again as an attachment to this application will help us to pay your grant more quickly.

You do NOT need to apply again for further grant payments for different periods of restriction. If you have already applied as you will automatically receive these.

Closed Business Lockdown Payments (CBLP)

On 5 January 2021, the Government announced one-off grants for certain types of businesses of up to £9,000 due to the period of national lockdown. We have now started making these payments to eligible businesses.

You do NOT need to apply for these grant payments as they will automatically be paid to LRSG- applicants who are entitled over the next few weeks.

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

The Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs (CSP) supports pubs in Tier 2 and Tier 3 areas that derive less than 50% of their sales from food. This grant, provided in addition to furlough, VAT and business rates relief and other existing grants, is intended to help these affected businesses to cope with the challenging conditions under local restrictions. The grant is a one-off flat-rate payment of £1,000 per wet-led pub.  

Please note that this scheme is now closed.

Tier 2 or Tier 3 Restriction Grants - If not forced to closed (LRSG-O)

The Government has also provided additional grant funding for businesses who have not been forced to close but are severely impacted if the Borough is subject to Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions.

This is the Local Restrictions Grant (Open) Scheme which is a discretionary scheme. Full details of the local scheme can be found here PDF (155 KB)

The scheme is open to businesses in the Borough in the hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure sectors. Businesses which are in the supply chain and whose primary customers are in the same sectors, would also be eligible for these grants.

In order to apply for the grant, you must be the ratepayer and your business must have been open and trading in the premises on 1st December 2020 or the day before other periods of Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions began.

Please note you cannot receive both a LRSG-C grant and the LRSG-O grant, but you can apply for this LRSG-O grant as well as the Additional Restrictions Grants.

If you think your business will be entitled to this grant, please complete this application form External Hyperlink and provide proof where requested.

Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG-T1 and ARG-T2 Part 1)

The Additional Restrictions Grant Schemes provide support to businesses (including charities, non -profit organisations, community interest companies or similar organisations) who have not been forced to close but have suffered losses of at least 15% during the relevant periods of restrictions.

These Schemes are NOT available for businesses who are eligible for assistance under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) scheme. 

The scheme aims to assist the following 3 eligible groups:

There are currently 2 live Additional Restrictions Grant Schemes with more in development.

Scheme Period of Restriction Covered Details of the Scheme
ARG – Tranche 1 5 November 2020 – 1 December 2020 (National Lockdown)

Full details of the scheme can be found here PDF (169 KB).

Scheme live from 14th December 2020.

ARG – Tranche 2 Part 1 26 December 2020 – 19 March 2021

Full details of the scheme can be found here PDF (123 KB).

Scheme live from 19 January 2021.

If you think your business will be entitled to one of these grants, please complete this application form External Hyperlink and provide proof where requested.

You do NOT have to apply for both schemes. Once you have applied once we will assess your eligibility for the second scheme.

Additional Restrictions Grants for Market Traders (ARG-T1M)

The scheme is available for market traders operating as part of the Fareham and Portchester markets. The aims of this scheme are to support existing market traders, and to provide opportunity for casual or new traders to trade.

The scheme will also provide a retail opportunity for sectors which have not been able to trade fully due to the impact of COVID-19. The ultimate aim is to keep the markets vibrant and attractive to customers, increasing footfall in the two centres further supporting the retail and food outlets in the area and the local economy.

The reimbursement paid will match, in full, the pitch fees paid each week. The table below shows the current charges which will be in place for the entirety of the scheme. The charges are in £/foot referring to the size of the market stall

The number of reimbursements at each market is capped. 'Signed on' traders will be reimbursed first, then any casual traders up to a maximum total of 50 pitch fees reimbursed each market.

The pitch fees for additional markets will also be eligible.

Fareham Market (inclusive of VAT) Value Per Foot £
Signed on Pitch Fee Per foot minimum 15ft, maximum 50ft 2.00
Casual Pitch Fee Per foot minimum 15ft, maximum 50ft 2.50
Additional Markets Per foot minimum 15ft, maximum 50ft 1.00
Portchester Market Value Per Foot £
Signed on Pitch Fee Per foot minimum 15ft, maximum 50ft 1.00
Casual Pitch Fee Per foot minimum 15ft, maximum 50ft 1.50

Only Active Market Traders who trade as part of the Fareham or Portchester markets are eligible for this scheme. All other businesses should refer to the Local Restrictions Support Grants Schemes and other ARG schemes

There is no need to apply for reimbursement under this scheme as these will be arranged via the market operators.

This scheme will commence on Monday 14th December 2020 and will run until the end of March 2021. Full details of the scheme can be found here PDF (179 KB).

Business Rates Grants Schemes no longer available

The Government put in place two types of  mandatory grants to assist business with the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) earlier in the year. These schemes closed on 28 August 2020.

Small Business Grant Fund - Now Closed

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant - Now Closed

Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund - Now Closed

The Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund was announced by the UK government on 2nd May 2020. This was a discretionary scheme for the Borough which closed on 28 August 2020.




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