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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

02/07/2021

The Restart Grant is now closed for new applications

As of 23:59 on 30 June 2021 the Restart Grant closed for new applications and final payments are due to be made by 31 July 2021. With final figures yet to be confirmed due to ongoing applications going through our validation process, so far North Kesteven District Council has supported 584 businesses to the value of £4,311,376 through this scheme.

With regards to the extended 4 week period of restrictions, the Government have not issued Local Authorities with any additional funding to cover this period and NKDC have delivered 100% of our current discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) fund as of 31 May 2021. We have applied for our third and final top up and will look to announce future schemes in due course and will update businesses through our website and ongoing e-newsletter.


29/06/2021

Final call for businesses to apply for the Restart Grant

The Restart Grant is still open for applications. This support is available for businesses post 1 April that are in retail, hospitality, leisure and personal care. To apply for the Restart Grant please click here. The closing date is Wednesday 30 June 2021.


18/06/2021

Less than two weeks left to apply for the Restart Grant

The Restart Grant is still open for applications. This support is available for businesses post 1 April that are in retail, hospitality, leisure and personal care. To apply for the Restart Grant please click here. The closing date is Wednesday 30 June 2021.

Please note, due to website maintenance the application form for the Restart Grant will be down for 24 hours from 22 -23 June.


07/06/2021

Please note due to website maintenance the application form for the Restart Grant will be down for 24 hours from 9PM tomorrow (8th June 2021)


04/06/2021

Less than one month left to apply for the Restart Grant

The Restart Grant is still open for applications. This support is available for businesses post 1 April that are in retail, hospitality, leisure and personal care. To apply for the Restart Grant please click here. The closing date is Wednesday 30 June 2021.


28/05/2021

Only one month left to apply for the Restart Grant

The Restart Grant is still open for applications. This support is available for businesses post 1 April that are in retail, hospitality, leisure and personal care. To apply for the Restart Grant please click here. The closing date is Wednesday 30 June 2021.


21/05/2021

492 Businesses supported through the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The Government launched the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) on 12 November 2020, the main objectives of this fund were to allow Local Authorities to support businesses severely impacted by Covid-19 restrictions. In total North Kesteven District Council has recieved in total £3,376,862, this was comprised of an initial allocation of £2,338,300 paid on 13 November 2020 and a further top-up allocation of £1,038,562 was paid 15 June 2021 when the country was in the third national lockdown. We are now delighted to day that we have spent 100% of our allocations and will be looking to apply for a third tranche once we have evidenced spending to The Treasury, we will look to announce further schemes in due course.

Over the course of the past 7 months we have devised multiple schemes in order to meet the objectives set out in this grant and, were possible, mirror the mandatory Government schemes which we have delivered and continue to do so.

Please see below a brief description of the different schemes we have run:

ARG (Required to Close) – This scheme was designed to support businesses that were on the Governments list of businesses mandated to close, however were not registered for business rates.

ARG (Sector Support) – In acknowledgement that certain business sectors had received little to no support, ARG Sector Support focused on 8 key sectors; Close Contact Services (to non-rated businesses), Animal & Pet Services, Visitor Accommodation, Business to Business Services (non-Financial), Automotive (non-retail), Childcare, Registered Charities and North Kesteven registered Taxi Drivers. Again we required businesses to show that their business had been impacted financially.

ARG (Severe Impact) – To support businesses with the hospitality Sector, including food and drink supplies, catering, disposables and transport who were severely impacted by the November lockdown. This grant was designed to incorporate a large range of sectors which either did not have access to or not enough access to the mandatory grants being delivered at the time that could show their business had been impacted financially. The grant awards also reflected the January lockdown.

ARG NER (Non-Essential Retail Top-Up) – To address the difference between the two strands of the Restart Grant (Non-Essential Retail and Hospitality/Leisure/Accommodation/Personal Care/Gyms & Sports Facilities) we have utilised ARG funds to ensure all eligible businesses that are paid under the Non-Essential Retail strand will receive 50% payment of the equivalent Hospitality strand.

ARG Reopening (Pubs/Cafes) – To further support businesses which had been impacted most within the hospitality sector 155 business were identified from previous schemes to support their reopening in advance of April 12th 2021.

ARG Targeted Support – A number of businesses which successfully applied to the ARG Severe Impact were identified for an additional discretionary payment, these businesses all operated within the Hospitality and Leisure sectors which have been hit the hardest financially during the national lockdowns.


07/05/2021

North Kesteven District Council will be making an automatic payment to all successful applicants of the Restart Grant who were paid under the non-essential retail strand of the scheme, we appreciate there is a variance between the two strands set out by Government and want to continue supporting such an important part of our local economy.

This discretionary top-up payment will enable non-essential retail applicants to receive 50% of the equivalent hospitality strand payment. Please be aware that this additional payment will be made from a separate fund and is not part of the Restart Grant scheme we are delivering on behalf of the Government.

An automatic payment to all businesses that have already been paid under the Non-Essential Retail strand will be made today (7 May 2021) and any new applicants will receive a single payment of the higher amount detailed in the matrix below. Please be aware that you must have been registered with business rates on 1 April 2021 to qualify for the Restart Grant.

This matrix sets out our payment structure dependent on the rateable value of your businesses premises:


30/04/2021

The Restart Grant is open for applications. This support is available for businesses post 1 April that are in retail, hospitality, leisure and personal care.

To date, North Kesteven District Council has paid out £3,018,689 in Restart Grants, however we are aware that a number of eligible businesses have not applied. To apply for the Restart Grant please click here.


23/04/2021

The first tranche of payments were made earlier this week for the Restart grant and another payment round will be made today.

Please refrain from contacting the team, if there is an issue with your application or further information is required a member of the team will be in touch.


15/04/2021

Restart Grant

The Restart Grant is open for applications, this support is available for businesses post 1 April that are in retail, hospitality, leisure and personal care. Before starting your application, please ensure you have the following documents to hand, as these will need to be uploaded as part of your overall application:

  • Business Rates Bill 2020/21 or 2021/22 if received
  • Proof of trading from 1 April 2021 (Please refer to point 24 and 25 of the guidance) documented proof is required
  • Latest business Bank Statement
  • Date your business was established

Please ensure all your details are correct and the evidence supplied meets the criteria prior to submitting your application. If additional information is required this could delay payment.

The first tranche of payments will be made following final bank checks which are currently being undertaken. To apply for the Restart Grant please click here.

 


12/04/2021

Restart Grant

The Restart Grant is open for applications, this support is available for businesses post 1 April that are in retail, hospitality, leisure and personal care. Before starting your application, please ensure you have the following documents to hand, as these will need to be uploaded as part of your overall application:

  • Business Rates Bill 2020/21 or 2021/22 if received
  • Proof of trading from 1 April 2021 (Please refer to point 24 and 25 of the guidance) documented proof is required
  • Latest business Bank Statement
  • Date your business was established

Please ensure all your details are correct and the evidence supplied meets the criteria prior to submitting your application. If additional information is required this could delay payment.

The first tranche of payments will be made from Monday 12 April 2021. To apply for the Restart Grant please click here.


01/04/2021

Restart Grant

We will be launching the application process for this scheme on the 1 April 2021, to assist us in making the validation process quicker please ensure that all yours details are correct and the evidence supplied meets the criteria prior to submitting your form. If any additional information is required this could delay payment to your business, we are expecting our allocation of grant funds to be with us on or after Tuesday 6 April 2021 and we will be making first payments from Monday 12 April 2021.

Before starting your application, please ensure you have the following documents to hand, as these will need to be uploaded as part of your overall application:

  • Business Rates Bill 2020/21 (If registered with rates already, then you should have received an updated bill on or around 9 March) or 2021/22 if received
  • Proof of trading from 1 April 2021 – Please refer to point 24 & 25 of the guidance – we will require documented proof of this
  • Latest business Bank Statement – This is required to double check the submitted bank details on your application form. If your business uses a personal .account for its business transactions we may require further evidence as to why this is
  • Date your business was established
  • Companies House (CRN) / Registered Charity Number
  • If a non-limited company, please ensure you have National Insurance Number to hand

For a copy of the guidance and to apply to the Restart Grant please click here.

Please note the Grants Team will be on Leave from Friday 2 April until Tuesday 6 April

 

The Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) Addendum and the Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) Sector Support are now closed.


24/03/2021

Restart Grant

Following the Chancellors announcement on the 3 March 2021, we will be launching the Restart Grant to new applications on the 1 April 2021, as per the Government Guidance.

For businesses to apply they must have been occupying hereditaments (premises) as of the 1 April 2021 and registered with our Business Rates Department, any changes to the ratings list (rateable value or to the hereditament) after 1 April 2021 will be ignored for the purpose of eligibility.

Due to Government requesting additional information, for which we do not hold on existing applicants to other COVID-19 related grants, we will be looking to launch a new application process for this grant and businesses will not receive an automatic payment as they have done in the past. As part of our validation process we will be looking for proof of trading from 1 April 2021 to ensure that payments are only made to active businesses, further information on what constitutes as trading can be found on point 24 & 25 of the grant guidance.

For premises that are on the business ratings list, non-essential retail will receive between £2,667 and £6,000 per premises depending on the rateable value. Hospitality & Leisure including personal care and gyms will receive between £8,000 and £18,000 per premises depending on rateable value. Please view the latest guidance to see which grant you will be eligible for.

Please be aware we are still awaiting confirmation of our allocation and when it will be received from Government, at the current time will be looking to make payments to eligible businesses, which have passed validation, from the 12 April 2021, please note that the application closure date for this scheme is 30 June 2021 with all final payments made by the 31 July 2021.


22/03/2021

Applications for the ARG (Required to Close) scheme are now closed.


19/03/2021

The Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) Sector Support

The ARG Sector Support is now open and will target those businesses which have had limited support since lockdown restrictions were enforced in November 2020.

To be eligible for the ARG Sector Support a business must have either been trading on the 4 November 2020. For the full list of eligible sectors please refer to the ARG Sector Support Policy. If you think your business is eligible please apply here.

Applications will close on 31 March 2021 and grant payments will be made from Thursday 25 March 2021.

Financial business support post-April 2021

Following the Chancellor’s announcement on 3 March 2021 we are still awaiting official guidance and funding. We are hoping to receive an update from Government the week commencing 22 March 2021 and we will publish guidance on our website as soon as possible. For further information on the Chancellor’s announcement please see here.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum

The closing date for the LRSG (Closed) Addendum scheme is Wednesday 31 March 2021, if you have already applied please do not apply again. If you have recently applied and we require additional information to validate your application please ensure this is submitted by 31 March.

Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) (Required to Close)

Applications for the ARG (Required to Close) scheme close today (19 March). If you have recently applied and we have requested additional information to validate your application please ensure this is submitted as soon as possible.


15/03/2021

The Additional Restriction Grant Sector Support scheme launches today

The ARG Sector Support will target those businesses who have had limited support since Lockdown restrictions were enforced in November 2020.

To be eligible for the ARG Sector Support a business must have been trading on the 4th November 2020 regardless of whether required to close under Tier 3/4 restrictions. For the full list of eligible businesses please refer to the ARG Sector Support Policy. If you think your business is eligible please apply here.

Applications for the ARG Sector Support open today (15 March 2021) and will close on 31 March 2021. Grant payments will be made from Thursday 1 April 2021.


12/03/2021

Financial Business Support Post-April 2021

Following the Chancellors announcement on 3 March 2021 we are still awaiting official guidance and funding. We are hoping to receive an update from Government the week commencing 22 March 2021 and we will publish guidance on our website as soon as possible. For further information on the Chancellors announcement please see here.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum

The closing date for the LRSG (Closed) Addendum scheme for new applications is Wednesday 31 March 2021. If you have recently applied and we require additional information to validate your application please ensure this is submitted by 31 March.

Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) (Required to Close)

The closing date for the ARG (Required to Close) scheme for new applications is Friday 19 March 2021. If you have recently applied and we require additional information to validate your application, please ensure this is submitted by 19 March 2021.

If the deadlines for the LRSG (Closed) Addendum and ARG (RtC) are not met applications will automatically become void. Please note there will not be an opportunity to appeal this decision.

Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) (Sector Support)

We will be launching our new ARG Sector Support scheme Monday 15 March 2021. For further details on the application process and our official guidance on this new scheme, please keep monitoring our website. Full details will be shared by 16:00 on the 15 March.


10/03/2021

Since November NKDC has distributed a total of £8,610,476 worth of grant funding to 874 businesses that have been impacted by Covid-19. The table below demonstrates the amount and number of businesses paid under each grant scheme since November. An additional 1799 businesses were supported last spring through either the Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund, totalling £20,225,000, and a further 129 businesses were supported through the Discretionary Grant Fund (DGF) totalling our full allocation of £1,035,000.


08/03/2021

LRSG (Closed) Addendum & Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Required to Close – Update

The Government announced continued business support on 22 February 2021 with allocation due to Local Authorities early March, this will be under the familiar LRSG (Closed) Addendum scheme. This will be a 44 day payment up until the 31 March 2021, payment will be made automatically to businesses that were successful for the previous LRSG CA schemes. Payments were made from 5 March 2021.

The LRSG (Closed) Addendum is to support businesses who are on the ratings list who have been forced to close during the national lockdown in November and the current lockdown. Businesses that have already applied to this grant are not required to apply again, if you feel that you are eligible, have read the original policy here and have not been in receipt of a grant please email [email protected] providing your business name, nature of business and rates number. Should you be successful following the application process you will then automatically receive the LRSG Closed Addendum and the Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP).

The Additional Restriction Grant (business required to close) is open for applications

The Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) will be available to businesses that remain closed from the 16th February 2021 who have fixed property costs or work from home but are not on the rating list.

If you successfully applied for the Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) (Required to Close) in either the November or January lockdowns, a flat rate grant will automatically be awarded of £2,620, this will cover businesses for a 55 day period between 16 February 2021 and 11 April 2021, we look to make this the final payment under the ARG Required to Close scheme. You will not need to reapply to this scheme if you have already received payments under the Additional Restriction Grant (Required to Close)

If you haven’t previously applied to this scheme and believe you are eligible from the guidance, we invite you to submit your application. You may be eligible for payments to cover the following periods:

Please note, that you will be required to supply evidence of trading for the periods of funding you are applying for.

For further information on the eligibility criteria and a list of all documents required to support applications can be found on the ARG RTC PolicyIf you think your business is eligible please apply here.

Applications will close on Friday 19 March 2021 and Grant payments will be made from Thursday 11 March 2021.

Please note this grant is only for those required to close, not severely impacted. We are working on a sector support grant for those who have had little or no support, this will be available later in March.


25/02/2021

LRSG (Closed) Addendum & Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Required to Close – Update

The Government announced continued business support on 22 February 2021 with allocation due to Local Authorities early March, this will be under the familiar LRSG (Closed) Addendum scheme. This will be a 44 day payment up until the 31 March 2021, payment will be made automatically to businesses that were successful for the previous LRSG CA schemes. Payments will be made 5 March 2021.

For information the LRSG (Closed) Addendum is to support businesses who are on the ratings list who have been forced to close during the national lockdown in November and the current lockdown. Businesses that have already applied to this grant are not required to apply again, if you feel that you are eligible, have read the original policy here and have not been in receipt of a grant please email [email protected] providing your business name, nature of business and rates number. Should you be successful following the application process you will then automatically receive the LRSG Closed Addendum and the Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP).

Future Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) Support

The Grants Team are delighted to announce that we are looking to re-open the ARG (Required to Close) scheme, this was originally launched in mid-January, however we looking to open this up to new applications between 1st March to 19th March 2021 for businesses that have been required to close but are not on the business ratings list – We will look to communicate further information on this through our website, so please keep monitoring this for updates. Please be aware that if you have already successfully applied under this scheme, we are looking to make an automatic payment to the account details we have on record, covering businesses for the 44 days they are still required to close – Businesses that have already applied to this grant are not required to apply again.

 


17/02/2021

Business Support – Post February 16th

We still do not have any information from Central Government regarding support for businesses post mid-February unfortunately. As soon as we know and have information to share, it will be published on our website and in our businessnk newsletter. We advise you to monitor the funding updates section closely and sign up to our newsletter and information will be shared direct https://www.businessnk.co.uk/covid-19-support/

Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed) Addendum

This grant is to support businesses who are on the ratings list who have been forced to close during the national lockdown in November and the current lockdown. Businesses that have already applied to this grant are not required to apply again, if you feel that you are eligible, have read the original policy here and have not been in receipt of a grant please email [email protected] providing your business name, nature of business and rates number. Should you be successful following the application process you will then automatically receive the LRSG Closed Addendum and the Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP).

Future Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) Support

As per our last update, we are still looking into different schemes to support businesses in sectors that have not been represented as yet (such as Catteries and Kennels and some Close Contact Services), so please check the website regularly for details, we want to support as many local businesses as we can, therefore advise all businesses to keep monitoring the website.

Lincolnshire County Council Business Recovery Fund

Lincolnshire County Council are looking to launch a £12m fund, with applications starting from noon 23 February 2021, this is being targeted at small businesses within the County who have not been able to access the Government grants to date.

This is not a grant fund set up or administered by the North Kesteven District Council Grant Team, so for further information on this please visit the Lincolnshire County Council website for further information on how to apply and the application criteria.


10/02/2021

Business Support – Post February 16th

At this stage we do not have any information from Central Government regarding support for businesses post mid-February. As soon as we have information to share, it will be published on our website and in our weekly e-newsletter.

Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed) Addendum

This grant is to support businesses who are on the ratings list who have been forced to close during the national lockdown in November and the current lockdown. Businesses that have already applied to this grant are not required to apply again, if you feel that you are eligible, have read the original policy here and have not been in receipt of a grant please email [email protected] providing your business name, nature of business and rates number. Should you be successful following the application process you will then automatically receive the LRSG Closed Addendum and the Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP).

Future Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) Support

We are currently looking into different schemes to support businesses in sectors that have not been targeted as yet, so please check the website regularly for details, we want to support as many local businesses as we can, so therefore advise all businesses to keep an eye on the website as the situation changes and further category specific grants are tabled to launch.


09/02/2021

Lincolnshire County Council unveils £12m package of support for local economy

Local businesses could benefit from up to £10,000 of funding through a new grant scheme being planned by the county council.

In light of the economic impact of coronavirus, Lincolnshire County Council’s Executive has proposed using some the authority’s reserves to provide a £12m package of support for local firms, including business grants. The support is particularly aimed at those that have not benefited from the government’s Covid support schemes and smaller businesses with 50 employees or fewer. More information here.

Please note this new grant scheme is being planned by Lincolnshire County Council, therefore all enquiries should be sent directly to Lincolnshire County Council.


05/02/2021

Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) Required to Close

Applications for this fund are currently closed and being validatied the grants team are working towards making payments from Friday 5 February. If we require additional information, we will make contact with applicants directly.

Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) Severe Impact

Please note the deadline has been met for this grant, we are currently going through the validation process and businesses will be contacted if eligibility criteria has not been met, or if additional information is required to validate the application. We are working towards making payments at the end of next week.

Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed) Addendum

This grant is to support businesses who are on the ratings list who have been forced to close during the national lockdown in November and the current lockdown. Businesses that have already applied to this grant are not required to apply again, if you feel that you are eligible, have read the original policy here and have not been in receipt of a grant please email [email protected] providing your business name, nature of business and rates number. Should you be successful following the application process you will then automatically receive the LRSG Closed Addendum and the Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP).

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

The deadline for this grant is 28 February 2021. 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.


29/01/2021

Payments

Payments have been made in batches last week for the Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed) Addendum, Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed) Addendum Tier 4 and Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP) (one off payment).

Please note these were automatic payments to businesses that were eligible for the LRSG (closed) Addendum for November lockdown and the current lockdown, however this does not link in any way to the grants processed in March 2020.

For a breakdown of the grant payments please refer to the table below.

 

Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed) Addendum

This grant is to support businesses who are on the ratings list who have been forced to close during the national lockdown in November and the current one. Businesses that have already applied to this grant are not required to apply again, if you feel that you are eligible and have not been in receipt of a grant please click here to read the policy to understand if you are eligible. Having read the policy, if you believe you are eligible please email [email protected] your business name and rates number.

Should you be successful following an application process you will then also automatically receive the Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP).

 

Additional Restriction Grant (required to close)

The Council has reopened the Additional Restriction Grant (required to close) for applications from those affected by the current lockdown period who did not apply previously. This grant is aimed at supporting those businesses who rent premises but aren’t the registered rates payer, those who have property costs or those that have been required to close as per Government guidelines.

Those who have already received funding via this grant for the November lockdown must not reapply. An automated payment of £2,001 has been made to businesses who applied and were eligible for the November lockdown and this will cover the 42 day period of the national lockdown we are in at present. Only apply if you haven’t submitted to this grant previously.

If you didn’t receive funding for the November 2020 lockdown and believe you are eligible, please complete the form and provide trading evidence for the corresponding period. If indeed eligible for the November period, a grant award can be backdated. For details on the policy please click here and to apply please see here. The deadline for applications is Sunday 31 January 2021.

 

Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) Severe Impact

Following a successful Expression of Interest (EOI) phase running over the Christmas period, The Council has determined to focus this discretionary scheme on key target categories in the Hospitality and Leisure sector in order to provide support to those businesses evidence shows have been hardest hit by the second national lockdown (05/11/20 – 04-12/20) and which continue to be impacted by further restrictions continuing into 2021.

The target sector categories for this initial ARG Severe Impact are of strategic importance to North Kesteven and vital for the sustainability of the local economy and communities in The District. The ARG Severe Impact Policy and full list of eligible businesses can be found here. The ARG Severe Impact is now closed and we cannot accept any more submissions,

 

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

Please note this support grant will close on 28th February 2021. 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. 

 

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.


25/01/2021

For businesses enquiring about the Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP), please note this is not related to the grant payments back in March.


22/01/2021

Additional Restrictions Grant Severe Impact (ARGSI)

NKDC has today (22/01/21) launched the latest Government-backed Covid-19 business support grant, the Additional Restrictions Grant Severe Impact (ARGSI) for the hospitality and leisure sectors.

The target sector categories for this initial ARGSI are of strategic importance to North Kesteven and vital for the sustainability of the local economy and communities in The District. They include: pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels and cafes and their supply chain business in the food and drink sectors, caterers and catering supplies; the events sector including theatres, weddings, exhibitions, shows, markets and their supply chains, sporting and motorsports events and their supply chains including manufacturing; the retail supply chain both goods and services and visitor attractions open to the general public.

Eligible business who completed an EOI will be contacted directly by the council while those potentially eligible businesses who did not register an EOI but for which the council already holds data will also be contacted and invited to apply by The Grants Team. Otherwise only businesses trading in the following sector categories should apply for the grant and only if they have not already been invited to do so by The Grants Team.

  1. Supply chain business for the Hospitality Sector including food and drink supplies, catering, disposables and transport
  2. Retail supply chain businesses (stock goods and manufacture)
  3. The events sector and its supply chain including entertainment, theatres, weddings, music, exhibitions, shows and markets. Also sports and motorsports.
  4. Travel sector and supply chain including coach tour operators, local tour operators, booking agents, etc.
  5. Visitor Venues and attractions open to the general public
  6. Rate-paying businesses in the Hospitality Sector including pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels and cafes.
  7. Non-rate-paying business and the self-employed supplying goods and services to the Hospitality and Leisure sector or supply chain.

The window for applications for those businesses not invited to apply or not having submitted an EOI, will initially be open for one week only beginning 22/01/21 in order to disperse funds as quickly as possible. If you believe your business is eligible please apply here. Payments will be made from 08/02/21.

Grant Awards

This is a discretionary fund. Awards will be made in respect of actual or estimated loss of income for the second lockdown period. All applicants must be able to evidence (via annual accounts, HMRC tax return, lost or cancelled orders) a year on year loss of income for the qualifying period. ARG grants cannot be used to support wages or salaries.

Process for applying for Severe Impact Fund

Eligible businesses who submitted an Expression of Interest form will be contacted directly by the Grants Team via email and sent a link to apply. Other potentially eligible businesses (determined by data already held by The Grants Team) will also be invited to apply by email. Other potential applicants may apply via the NKDC website. The live application window will be open for 1 week only, reflecting the urgency of the situation for the eligible categories. Further windows may be opened if funds and demand permit. Business in the eligible categories will be required to submit an online application, providing the information outlined in the NKDC Additional Restriction Grant Severe Impact Policy


20/01/2021

Payments are being made in batches this week for the Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed) Addendum, Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG) (closed) Addendum Tier 4 and Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP) (one off payment).
If you haven’t received payment by Friday then please contact [email protected]

Additional Restrictions Grant (required to close) – deadline for applications – Sunday 31 January 2021

The Council will be opening the Additional Restrictions Grant (required to close) for applications from those affected by the current lockdown period. This grant is aimed at supporting those businesses who rent premises but aren’t the registered rates payer, those who have property costs or those that have been required to close as per Government guidelines.

Those who have already received funding via this grant for the November lockdown must not reapply. An automated payment of £2,001 will be made w/c 18.01.21 to businesses who applied and were eligible for the November lockdown and this will cover the 42 day period of the national lockdown we are in at present. Only apply if you haven’t submitted to this grant previously.

If you didn’t receive funding for the November 2020 lockdown and believe you are eligible, please complete the form and provide trading evidence for the corresponding period. If indeed eligible for the November period, a grant award can be backdated.

The link to apply is as follows https://n-kesteven-ss.achieveservice.com/service/Additional_Restriction_Support_Grant

Please find the policy here – NKDC ARG Required to close Policy (Jan)

The deadline for applications is Sunday 31 January 2021.

 

For businesses enquiring about grants please note only those in rated business premises have received the Close Business Lockdown Payment, not those who were successful with their applications to the Additional Restrictions Grant (required to close).


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.