Businesses that have been required to close due to the national restrictions introduced in March 2020, and which have not been able to re-open, may be eligible for LSRG (Sector).
Eligible businesses are entitled to a cash grant from their local council for each 14 day period they are closed.
This funding is available from 1 November 2020 and is not retrospective.
Eligible businesses include:
- nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques
- adult entertainment venues and hostess bars
Your business may be eligible if it:
- is based in England
- occupies property on which it pays business rates (and is the ratepayer)
- has been closed since 23 March 2020 because of national restrictions
Eligible businesses can get one grant per non-domestic property.
Businesses excluded from the fund
You cannot get funding if:
- you have re-opened as another type of business (for example, changing a nightclub to a bar)
- your business is in administration, insolvent or has been struck off the Companies House register
- you have exceeded the permitted state aid threshold
You must notify your local council if your situation changes and you no longer meet the eligibility criteria. For example, if you become insolvent.
If you already get state aid
LSRG (Sector) counts towards the total de minimis state aid you’re allowed to get over a 3 year period – €200,000.
If you have reached the de minimis threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework. The limit for this framework is €800,000.
Your local council will ask you to complete a declaration confirming that:
- you will not exceed the relevant state aid threshold
- you were not an ‘undertaking in difficulty’ on 31 December 2019 (this applies to the temporary framework only)
The undertaking in difficulty test does not apply to small and micro undertakings (less than 50 employees and less than €10 million of annual turnover or annual balance sheet), unless any of the following apply:
- the business is already in insolvency proceedings
- the business has received rescue aid that has not been repaid
- the business is subject to a restructuring plan under state aid rules
What you get
The grant will be based on the rateable value of your property on 1 November 2020.
If your business has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £667 for each 14 day period your business is closed.
If your business has a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £1,000 for each 14 day period your business is closed.
If your business has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £1,500 for each 14 day period your business is closed.
The grant will be extended to cover each additional 14-day period of closure. If your business is closed for 28-days, or 2 payment cycles, it will receive £1,334, £2,000 or £3,000, depending on the rateable value of the property.
How to apply
Visit your local council’s website to find out how to apply.