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Further to the most recent announcement from Government regarding the third National Lockdown, the Grants Team is receiving huge volumes of emails in relation to business support funding that will be available. We are awaiting Government guidance on how much this funding will be and how it will be administered to businesses. We cannot tell you any more at this stage, until this information is received. Please do bear with us in these once again unprecedented times, we are working tirelessly to get this information published on our website and to our businesses.

For businesses that have already been in receipt of LRSG (Closed) grant there will be no need to apply as we will be working on an automatic payment system as soon as we have clarification.

If your enquiry relates to other funding, we will endeavour to get in touch asap. Please review www.businessnk.co.uk regularly – this is where all details regarding future funding schemes will be available as soon as we have them to share with you. Additionally, view gov.uk.coronavirus/business-support as details emerge. Support and advice are also available at businesslincolnshire.com

Financial support

In the current climate, information on grants is always evolving. Please check this page regularly for updates and ensure you read the guidance and details carefully. Privacy Notice Covid-19 Support Grants

19/01/2021

Payments for the LRSG Closed Addendum, LRSG Closed Addendum Tier 4, Closed Business Lockdown Payment and the ARG Required to Close will be made this week, please note that emails sent to the grants inbox will not be read or responded to on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 January whilst the team are processing the payments.

Further details on the ARG Severe Impact will be uploaded on our website on Friday 22 January.


15/01/2021

We have received the guidance and our allocation for the Local Restriction Support Grant CA and Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP), we are still awaiting our funding however understand that we will receive this today,


14/01/2021

We have now received the guidance for the Local Restriction Support Grant CA and Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP), we are still awaiting our allocation however understand that we will receive this today with our funding being received on Friday 15th January.

Please note that we will be making an automated payment to all business that applied and were eligible for the Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed) Addendum from the November Lockdown. Payments will be made next week and will include payment for the Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed) Addendum (42 day payment), Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed) Addendum Tier 4 (5 day payment for the period North Kesteven was in Tier 4) and Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP) (one off payment ).

 

For guidance on the Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed) Addendum please see here. If you believe you are eligible for the LRSG (closed) Addendum from the national lockdown in November then please contact [email protected] with your business name and business rates number. Please note we are receiving a high volume of enquiries and will respond to your enquiry asap.

Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (open) & Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed)

This grant is currently ceased during the national lockdown. All funds have now been allocated for the period of 3rd December to 30th December for the LRSG (Open), no monies remain.

Additional Restriction Support Grant (ARG) Severe Impact

The ARG Severe Impact is now closed for Expressions of Interest (EoI), the policy is currently being approved and we will be shortly emailing those who submitted an EoI and those who may be eligible asking to supply further evidence for validation. If you didn’t apply, details will be shared on our website on how to apply.

Additional Restriction Support Grant (ARG) Required to Close

An automated payment of £2,001 will be made next week to businesses who applied and were eligible for the ARG Required to Close for the November Lockdown to cover the 42 day period of National Lockdown we are in.

Details will be shared shortly if we will open this up for new applications to cover the current (third) National Lockdown.


13/01/2021

We have now received the guidance for the Local Restriction Support Grant CA and Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP) and further updates will be given tomorrow.


12/01/2021

We are still awaiting guidance on the grants and our allocation from Government, we understand this should be with us by tomorrow.

NKDC will receive payment from government on Friday and therefore will be looking to make payments from next week. Automatic payments will be made (using the data from previous applications) for the Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed) Addendum (3x 14 day payments), Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed) Addendum Tier 4 (5 day payment) and the one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses.

If you believe you are eligible for the LRSG (closed) Addendum from the national lockdown in November then please contact [email protected] with your business name and business rates number.

Please note our Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (open) allocation for 3-30 December has now been fully allocated.


11/01/2021

We are still awaiting guidance on the top up grant and our allocations from Government, as soon as we have this information we will be able to advise on payment dates for the LRSG Closed Addendum and the one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses.


07/01/2021

Further to the most recent announcement from Government regarding National Lockdown Number 3, the Grants Team is receiving huge volumes of emails in relation to business support funding that will be available. We are awaiting Government guidance on how much this funding will be and how it will be administered to businesses. We cannot tell you any more at this stage, until this information is received. Please do bear with us in these once again unprecedented times, we are working tirelessly to get this information published on our website and to our businesses.

If your enquiry relates to other funding, we will endeavour to get in touch asap. Please review www.businessnk.co.uk regularly – this is where all details regarding future funding schemes will be available as soon as we have them to share with you.


05/01/2021

Following yesterday’s announcement of a national lockdown across England we are awaiting further clarification on changes between Tier 4 and National Lockdown in regards to Business Grants. For businesses that have already been in receipt of LRSG (Closed) grant there will be no need to apply as we will be working on an automatic payment system as soon as we have clarification. Please check this page regularly.
Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (open)

This grant is currently ceased during the national lockdown. If you believe you were eligible for this grant during the period of 3rd December to 30th December please contact [email protected]

 

Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed)

This grant is currently ceased during the national lockdown.

 

Additional Restriction Support Grant (ARG) Severe Impact

This grant was in support of businesses that have remained open during the second national lockdown (04/11/20 – 02/12/20) but suffered a severe impact due to Covid 19 restrictions.  The ARG Severe Impact is now closed for Expressions of Interest, the team are currently working on the policy and details will be shared later this month on the Grant that will be available to apply for.

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

North Kesteven District Council has contacted and paid pubs that previously applied to the LRSG (closed) Addendum in regards to the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs. If you have not been contacted and believe you are eligible, please contact [email protected] with the pub name and business rates number. To be eligible for this grant, pubs must derive less than 50% of their income from the sale of food. Pubs must also meet all other conditions set out in the Government guidance for this scheme, which can be found here. Please note this support grant will close on January 31 2021.

 

Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed) Addendum

This grant was to support businesses that were required to close as part of the national lockdown between 3rd November to 2nd December. Applications for this grant have now closed, however if you believe you are eligible please email [email protected] with your business name, rates number and premises address. This support grant will close on January 31 2021.


01/12/2020

Local Restriction Support Grant for Tier 3
We are working hard to administer the Local Restriction Support Grant and Additional Restriction Support Grant (required to close). We are currently awaiting guidance on the Local Restriction Support Grant for Tier 3, this grant will not be available until after the 2nd December, it is also paid on a 14 day period, we will share all information here as soon as we have it, please bear with us.

The Additional Restriction Grant (business required to close) and Local Retriction Grant Scheme (LRGS) are now closed.

11/11/2020

Grant help is being set out for businesses affected by the second lockdown, and North Kesteven District Council will distribute the funds locally in our area.

Called the Local Restrictions Support Grant, eligible businesses directly impacted by the four week lockdown will be able to apply for the funding.

The grant will be available to rated operating business hereditaments that are required to close by Government, as set out in the lockdown restrictions. A hereditament must be rated as of 5 November 2020.

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants are to be £1,334 per four weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k grants are to be £2,000 per four weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over grants are to be £3,000 per four weeks.

Applications to previous funds will not be considered – all eligible businesses will be required to make new applications.

We will share details on how to apply as soon as we are able to do so. Please keep checking back to this page for updates.

We will also share updates via BusinessNK at twitter.com/BusinessNK, our dedicated BusinessNK Facebook group and via our business e-newsletters. You can sign up for the newsletters at www.n-kesteven.gov.uk/stayconnected

To view the latest information from Government, click here www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-restrictions-support-grants-lrsg-and-additional-restrictions-grant-arg-guidance-for-local-authorities


10/11/2020

Grant help is being set out for businesses affected by the second lockdown, and North Kesteven District Council will distribute the funds locally in our area.

Called the Local Restrictions Support Grant, eligible businesses directly impacted by the four week lockdown will be able to apply for the funding.

The grant will be available to rated operating business hereditaments that are required to close by Government, as set out in the lockdown restrictions. A hereditament must be rated as of 5 November 2020.

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants are to be £1,334 per four weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k grants are to be £2,000 per four weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over grants are to be £3,000 per four weeks.

Applications to previous funds will not be considered – all eligible businesses will be required to make new applications.

We will share details on how to apply as soon as we are able to do so. Please keep checking back to this page for updates.

We will also share updates via BusinessNK at twitter.com/BusinessNK, our dedicated BusinessNK Facebook group and via our business e-newsletters. You can sign up for the newsletters at www.n-kesteven.gov.uk/stayconnected

To view the latest information from Government, click here www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-restrictions-support-grants-lrsg-and-additional-restrictions-grant-arg-guidance-for-local-authorities


21/10/2020

Funding available to help businesses adapt after Covid-19

Has Covid-19 changed the way your business operates? If some new equipment or machinery can help you to adapt, then you could eligible for a grant of up to £25,000 from Grants4Growth. The programme provides funding to help Lincolnshire SMEs make business-boosting purchases that can improve their efficiency, increase turnover and add new members to the team. As an added bonus, they promise you a yes or no answer in just two weeks.

Visit the Grants4Growth website to see if you’re eligible.


20/10/2020

Test and Trace Support Payment scheme

If you have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to self-isolate on or after 28 September 2020, you’re under a legal obligation to do so, and could be eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment. This guidance sets out who can claim support and explains how to apply.


02/09/2020

New payment for people self-isolating in highest risk areas

Workers on low incomes who need to self-isolate and are unable to work from home in areas with high incidence of COVID-19 can benefit from a new payment scheme where individuals must meet the following criteria:-

  • Have tested positive for Covid-19 or received a notification from NHS Test and Trace asking them to self-isolate
  • Have agreed to comply with the notification from NHS Test and Trace and provided contact details to the local authority.
  • Be employed or self-employed.
  • Be unable to work from home (checks will be undertaken on all applicants) and will lose income a result
  • Be currently receiving Universal Credit or Working Tax Credit.

More information is available here.


24/08/2020

Funding available through the Culture Recovery Fund

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have published guidance that pulls together the various schemes under the £1.57bn Cultural Recovery Fund that is open for applications at the moment. They include:

  • Arts Council England Grants- £500m grants for cultural organisations that are at risk of failure because of COVID-19 and who need funding of up to £3m
  • Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas – £30m for independent cinemas who provide a year round film programme, that are at risk of failure because of COVID-19
  • Arts Council England Repayable Finance – £270m repayable finance for cultural organisations that are at risk of failure because of COVID-19 and who need funding of over £3m
  • Historic England – £50m heritage stimulus fund (capital) to restart vital construction and maintenance projects on heritage sites, stalled due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19
  • Arts Council England Capital – capital expenditure funding for existing Arts Council capital grant holders who can demonstrate a capital funding shortfall due to COVID-19.

Read the guidance here


 

30/07/2020

 

£20 million in new grants to boost recovery of small businesses

Thousands of smaller businesses in England are set to benefit from £20 million of new government funding to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government has today (30 July 2020) announced.

  • Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government announces £20 million new funding to help businesses across England get back on track.
  • Small and medium sized businesses in England can access grants between £1,000 – £5,000 for new equipment and technology and specialist advice
  • Minister confirms new support while visiting businesses and local leaders across Cornwall

Further details here: https://bit.ly/30elrnv


10/08/2020

New funding to double nursing apprentices and help deliver 50,000 more nurses

A new government package worth £172 million will help to train thousands more nursing degree apprentices.

  • Nursing careers will be made more accessible through ‘earn and learn’ route.
  • Up to 2,000 nursing apprentices are to be trained every year for the next 4 years.

Nursing careers in England will be made more accessible through a new government package worth up to £172 million, which will enable healthcare employers to take on up to 2,000 nursing degree apprentices every year over the next 4 years.


4/08/2020

£20 million to improve small business leadership and problem-solving skills in the wake of coronavirus

Two new leadership programmes to help small business leaders grow their companies in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic launched on Monday (3 August).

  • Government investment in small business training, management and productivity
  • £20 million commitment at critical time for small businesses dealing with the impact of coronavirus
  • Interested small business leaders are encouraged to sign up

The Small Business Leadership Programme will focus on strengthening decision-makers’ leadership skills, so they are able to address management challenges, some of which, such as remote working, have arisen from coronavirus. The programme will equip business leaders with the confidence and leadership skills to plan for the future of their business, and ensure that they are in a great position to recover from the impacts of coronavirus. Further details can be found here.


31/07/2020

Applications open for £50 million funding to boost UK customs intermediaries

HMRC is encouraging customs intermediaries and traders who make their own declarations to take advantage of the funding now. From Wednesday (29 July 2020), customs intermediaries can apply for £50 million of new funding, first announced in June 2020, to increase their capacity to make declarations ahead of 2021.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), which is running the scheme, is encouraging customs intermediaries and traders who make their own declarations to take advantage of the funding now. Further details can be found here.

 

More businesses set to benefit from government loan scheme

Changes to state aid rules as a result of UK Government and industry lobbying mean that more small businesses can now benefit from loans of up to £5 million under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), it was announced yesterday (30th July 2020).

Previously businesses which were classed as ‘undertakings in difficulty’ were unable to access CBILS because of EU rules. From today, businesses in this category and which have fewer than 50 employees and a turnover of less than £9 million can apply to CBILS.

  • government expects lenders to make changes in approvals processes
  • over 57,000 businesses have benefitted from £12.6 billion of support through CBILS to date

Further details here: https://bit.ly/3faa5oM


06/07/2020

£10m Tourism SME Kickstart Fund

Government confirms £10 million fund for SME tourism businesses in England that will provide grants of up to £5,000 to help them adapt their businesses following the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses can use the funding to pay for specialist professional advice such as human resources, legal or financial expertise, to adopt new technology and online systems or to purchase new equipment. There is no match-funding requirement. Please see here for further information.


20/05/2020

£40m boost for cutting-edge start-ups

Innovative businesses and start-ups are set to benefit from a £40 million government investment to drive forward new technological advances. Business Secretary Alok Sharma announced today (20 May 2020) the government is doubling investment in the Fast Start Competition with an additional £20 million.

The competition aims to fast-track the development of innovations borne out of the coronavirus crisis while supporting the UK’s next generation of cutting-edge start-ups – helping to build the businesses of tomorrow and propel their future prosperity. For more information on the competition please see here.


 

23/04/2020

Financial support for education and childcare

Funding and financial support available for education, childcare and children’s social care organisations. For more information please see here.


21/04/2020

Billion pound support package for innovative firms affected by coronavirus

UK businesses driving innovation and development will be helped through the coronavirus outbreak with a £1.25 billion government support package, the Chancellor announced today. The comprehensive package includes a new £500 million loan scheme for high-growth firms, called the Future Fund, and £750 million of targeted support for small and medium sized businesses focusing on research and development.

The Future Fund will issue convertible loans to innovative companies which are facing financing difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Future Fund will provide government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors.

These convertible loans may be a suitable option for businesses that rely on equity investment and are unable to access the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. The scheme will be delivered in partnership with the British Business Bank and will launch in May 2020. Find out more about the scheme here.