Covid-19 Discretionary Restart Grant for Businesses

For businesses and charities that are not eligible for the Restart Grant, a Discretionary Restart Grant is available for those in the following circumstances:

  • Were mandated to cease their main trading activity due to the Covid-19 restrictions on 5 January 2021 or those that have lost 75%+ income due to sectors that were mandated to close on 5 January 2021 ceasing to require their goods or services (such as supply chain businesses to the mandated to close sectors)

For businesses and charities that are not eligible for the Restart Grant or the above Discretionary Restart Grant, the council will consider making a Discretionary Restart Grant - Exceptional Circumstances award for those in the following circumstances:

  • Lost 50% or more of their business income (turnover) for January 2021 compared to January 2020 (or October 2020 if not trading in January 2020) as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions or the situation

If you received Discretionary Grant Support funding for the restrictions that came into force on 5 January 2021 (Discretionary Grant Fund 3/Exceptional Circumstances Fund 2) please do not re-apply via this page or make another application. Please action the email we have sent you, if you have not received an email, please see frequently asked questions 1.2 and 1.4.

Further eligibility requirements for both above awards

Your business or charity must:

  • Be a micro business, small business or a registered charity^
  • Have been trading on 1 April 2021 (see frequently asked question 2.3) within/from Herefordshire
  • Employ someone for at least 15 hours per week within/from Herefordshire (charities can include volunteer time) and this can include the business owner(s) or director(s)
  • Either have had a premises with a business rating in Herefordshire on 1 April 2021 or can demonstrate that the business or charity trades most weeks of the year from/within Herefordshire

^Exempted or excepted charities are eligible to apply if they have an annual income of £5,000 or above.

Circumstances that are not eligible include:

  • Businesses or charities that are eligible for or have received another Covid-19 grant (including a Restart grant or Additional Restrictions Grant/Discretionary Grant but not Self-employed income support scheme or Job Retention Scheme) for the same period, including from another authority
    • The only exception is if businesses have additional rateable premises within Herefordshire that have not received grant support and will lose 50% of turnover for January 2021 related to these premises
  • Businesses that are not trading including those in administration, are insolvent, or where a striking-off notice has been made
  • Those that have received more than 1,000,000 Euros of state aid in the last financial year and the two financial years preceding it
  • Business or charity main activities (above 50%) in fishery aquaculture, forestry, horticulture and primary production and processing of agricultural products
  • Public or precept authorities, doctors or dentist surgeries or other similar health centres or premises, communication masts, quarries or other mineral extraction, schools, car parks or other parking spaces, renewable energy generation or other energy installations, premises in personal use, empty premises, premises in occupation by national chains or similar organisations and premises that the business of the applicant is not undertaken from
  • Businesses that have owners or directors in common with other businesses applying or have received funding from this grant or any other Covid-19 grant for the same period, will generally be considered ineligible. Businesses in this situation will need to make a strong case around the employment that the business(es) provides within their application to receive an award (see FAQs)

Scheme award levels

A one-off grant will be paid to businesses and charities that meet the eligibility requirements of the scheme. Grant awards will be determined by the number of full-time equivalent employees (FTE) as follows for the different elements of the scheme:

Discretionary Restart Grant For those that were mandated to cease their main trading activity on 5 January 2021 due to the restrictions or have lost 75%+ income due to sectors that are mandated to close on 5 January 2021 ceasing to require their goods or services.

0.5 – 1 FTE 1.1 – 2.9 FTE 3 – 4.9 FTE 5+ FTE
£2,667 £4,000 £6,000 £8,000

Discretionary Restart Grant - Exceptional Circumstances For those that lost 75% or more of their business income (turnover) for January 2021 compared to January 2020 (or October 2020 if not trading in January 2020) as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions or the situation.

0.5 – 1 FTE 1.1 – 2.9 FTE 3 – 4.9 FTE 5+ FTE
£2,000 £3,000 £4,500 £6,000

Discretionary Restart Grant - Exceptional Circumstances For those that lost 50% or more of their business income (turnover) for January 2021 compared to January 2020 (or October 2020 if not trading in January 2020) as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions or the situation.

0.5 – 1 FTE 1.1 – 2.9 FTE 3 – 4.9 FTE 5+ FTE
£1,334 £2,000 £3,000 £4,000

How to apply

Apply online for the discretionary support schemes

Please use the online application form linked above to apply for the Discretionary Restart Grant (including Discretionary Restart Grant - Exceptional Circumstances, there is a single form for both schemes). Please review all online information and the application form which contains further guidance next to each question, before preparing and submitting your final application. Please do not make two applications.

The application form requires standard business information including:

  • Name and address
  • Business registration numbers (Company Reference Number/Unique Taxpayer Reference Number)
  • Business rates property reference number (if a ratepayer)
  • Premises details
  • Number of employees
  • Date your business was established
  • Cumulative total of previous funding received under all Covid-19 grants schemes
  • Impact of the new restrictions on the business/charity including why mandated to close and what the turnover loss is for January 2021 compared to the previous year

All applicants:

  • Electronic bank statement - showing evidence of trading up to and on 1 April 2021. The bank statement should have the account number and sort code redacted but the business name must be clear as should transactions for at least two weeks up until 1 April 2021
  • Evidence of the income loss - this includes evidence of the turnover in January 2021 compared to January 2020 (or October 2020 if not trading in January 2020). Examples of evidence include management accounts/projections for January 2021 and filed accounts for the comparative month. Cancelled orders, letters from customers that demonstrate reasons linked to the restrictions/Covid-19 could further evidence this. It is for the business or charity to evidence the loss in business income and what is required may vary depending on circumstances

Self-employed, sole traders or partnerships (not required for registered companies or charities) only:

  • Evidence of trading/business activity - this can include, one of the following - a letter from your business accountant, HMRC document that includes your UTR (Unique Taxpayer Reference), HMRC Registration (SA302), proof of tax-free childcare (if self-employed)

Those that have five or more employees only:

  • Electronic payroll return - and/or a declaration for those employed by the business but paid via drawings or dividends for the payroll period including or prior to the 1 April 2020

After your application is received

After correctly submitting your application, you will be presented with a confirmation page that includes your reference number and this will also be emailed to you. Please make a record of this reference number and quote it if you need to contact us. If you do not receive this email with your reference number, please contact us within 48 hours of submitting your application.

On receiving your form we will review the application to ensure that eligibility is met. If your application is not eligible then we will contact you by email.

If your application is eligible, we will carry out proportionate pre and post payment checks that include reviewing the information and evidence submitted with the application and data held by other agencies.

You will be informed of the grant award by email. Payments will be made by BACS and we will contact you for your bank details before making the final pre-payment checks.

You must notify us if the business no longer meets the eligibility criteria at any point, for example if the business becomes insolvent.

Due to the anticipated number of applications for the grant, please wait 25 working days after submitting your application before contacting us.

Frequently asked questions

Before contacting us with a question, please review the Discretionary Restart Grant frequently asked questions.

If you still have any queries please complete our contact form. If you need to speak to us by phone please use the form to explain what you need to discuss and request a call back. We aim to respond to enquiries within 48 hours (working days only).

Fraud statement

By completing the application or accepting the grant payment, you are confirming that you are eligible for the grant. If your eligibility circumstances change after making an application or receiving this funding, you must notify us immediately.

Herefordshire Council will not accept deliberate manipulation or fraud, and any instances will be actively investigated. Any business who falsifies their records or dishonestly provides inaccurate information to gain grant money will face prosecution. The council reserves the right to recoup funds and claw back any grants paid in error.

The council reserves the right to close the scheme or vary funding awards at any point.

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