Covid-19 Restart Grant application

What is this for?

To apply for the Covid-19 Restart Grant scheme. This scheme is available to both rate paying businesses and those NOT registered to pay business rates.

Eligibility criteria (Rate paying businesses)

In order to be eligible to a Restart Grant a business must:

  • be the ratepayer on the Billing Authorities records of the property on 1 April 2021
  • have been trading on 1 April 2021 (purposes of this grant scheme, a business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity. This should be interpreted as carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover. Fully constituted businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible under these conditions)
  • offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the relevant sectors.
  • be within the under the non-essential retail sector, or under the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business sector, as set out in the government's guidance. please see the following definitions and exclusions.

Eligibility criteria (for businesses NOT registered to pay business rates)

In order to be eligible to a ARG Restart Grant a business must:

  • not be a business rates payer, 
  • have been trading on 1 April 2021 (purposes of this grant scheme, a business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity. This should be interpreted as carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover. Fully constituted businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible under these conditions)
  • offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the relevant sectors.
  • be able to evidence ongoing fixed property related costs. Fixed property costs can include, rent or a mortgage for the business property and other costs, such as fees for the hire of premises. Please note, that costs associated with businesses operating from from a domestic property, or mobile business, are not eligible under this scheme.
  • be within the under the non-essential retail sector, or under the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business sector, as set out in the government's guidance. please see the following definitions and exclusions.

Eligible business sectors and exclusions - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY TO CHECK YOUR BUSINESS IS ELIGIBLE

Non-essential retail

For the purposes of this scheme, a non-essential retail business can be defined as a business that is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services by the public, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public.

We will use the following criteria to assess whether a business is eligible for a grant under this threshold: 

  • Businesses offering in-person non-essential retail to the general public.
  • Businesses that were likely to have been required to cease their retail operation in the January 2021 lockdown.
  • Businesses that had retail services restricted during January lockdown.
  • Businesses that sell directly to consumers.

Exclusions

For these purposes, the definition of a non-essential retail business should exclude:

food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, corners shops, off licences, breweries, pharmacies, chemists, newsagents, animal rescue centres and boarding facilities, building merchants, petrol stations, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, taxi and vehicle hire businesses, education providers including tutoring services, banks, building societies and other financial providers, post offices, funeral directors, laundrettes and dry cleaners, medical practices, veterinary surgeries and pet shops, agricultural supply shops, garden centres, storage and distribution facilities, wholesalers, employment agencies and businesses, office buildings, automatic car washes and mobility support shops.

Hospitality

For the purposes of this scheme, a hospitality business can be defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.

We will use the following criteria to assess whether a business is eligible for a grant under this threshold:

  • Businesses offering in-person food and drink services to the general public.
  • Businesses that provide food and/or drink to be consumed on the premises, including outdoors.

Exclusions

For these purposes, the definition of a hospitality retail business should exclude:

food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway (not applicable to those that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions, in alignment with previous COVID-19 business grant schemes).

Accommodation

For the purposes of this scheme, an accommodation business can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.

We will use the following criteria to assess whether a business is eligible for a grant under this threshold:

  • Businesses that provide accommodation for ‘away from home’ stays for work or leisure purposes. 
  • Businesses that provide accommodation for short-term leisure and holiday purposes.

Exclusions

For these purposes, the definition of an accommodation business should exclude:

private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres, beach huts.

Leisure

For the purposes of this scheme, a leisure business can be defined as a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out.

We will use the following criteria to assess whether a business is eligible for a grant under this threshold:

  • Businesses that may provide in-person intangible experiences in addition to goods. 
  • Businesses that may rely on seasonal labour.
  • Businesses that may assume particular public safety responsibilities.
  • Businesses that may operate with irregular hours through day, night and weekends.

Exclusions 

For these purposes, the definition of a leisure business should exclude:

all retail businesses, coach tour operators, tour operators and telescopes.

Personal care

For the purposes of this scheme, a personal care business can be defined as a business which provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing.

We will use the following criteria to assess whether a business is eligible for a grant under this threshold:

  • Businesses that deliver in-person holistic, beauty and hair treatments.
  • Businesses that provide services such as tattoos and piercings.
  • Businesses that offer close-contact services, which are required to deliver the treatment. 
  • Businesses that offer services, treatments or activities that require social distancing and cleaning protocols, which have led to a reduction in their capacity to deliver personal care services.

Exclusions

For these purposes, the definition of a personal care business should exclude:

businesses that only provide personal care goods, rather than services; businesses used solely as training centres for staff, apprentices and others; businesses providing dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services which incorporate personal care services, treatments required by those with disabilities and services relating to mental health.

Gym & sports

For the purposes of this scheme, a gym & sport business can be defined as a commercial or non-profit establishment where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis, using exercise equipment or open floor space with or without instruction, or where individual and group sporting, athletic and physical activities are participated in competitively or recreationally.

We will use the following criteria to assess whether a business is eligible for a grant under this threshold:

  • Businesses that offer in-person exercise and sport activities to the general public. 
  • Businesses that open to members of the public paying an entry or membership fee. 
  • Businesses that require extensive cleaning protocols, which significantly slow down trade. 
  • Businesses that offer exercise classes or activities, which may mandate space and no masks etc.

Exclusions

For these purposes, the definition of a gym & sport business should exclude:

home gyms, home exercise studios, home sports courts and home sports grounds.

Examples of eligible business

For examples of eligible business types under each category, please check the following document:

Annex C - Business categories for the Restart Grant

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The following general exclusions also apply

  • Businesses which do not fall within the eligible sectors and thresholds.
  • Businesses that are not within the ratings system will not be eligible to receive funding under the national rate paying business scheme. However, depending on their circumstances they may be eligible under the ARG Restart scheme for businesses not registered for business rates.
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
  • Any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the property) after 1 April 2021 should be ignored for the purposes of eligibility. Local Authorities are not required to adjust, pay or recover grants where the rating list is subsequently amended retrospectively to 1 April 2021.

What is it going to cost?

Free

What we need from you

Using our address look-up function on this e-form

We are aware some people are having difficulty finding their business address using the address look-up system on this form. To avoid issues, please only enter your post code (using correct spacing), before selecting your address from the drop down list provided.

You will need to:

  • Register for a MyDoncaster account if you haven’t already. This will allow you to track your enquiry. You will also be able to access additional online services offered by us.
  • Provide your Business Rates account and Property Reference number. These can be found on your bill. Please don't worry if these are not available or you do not have one because you are not a business registered for business rates. You will still be able to submit your application
  • Supply details about you, your business, and your business bank account so that a payment can be made to you if you are eligible for the grant. 
  • Provide a copy of a business bank account statement, clearly showing the bank account holder’s name, sort code, account number and business address
  • If you are not registered to pay business rates, you will also be asked to supply evidence of your ongoing fixed property related costs. Fixed property costs can include, rent or a mortgage for the business property and other costs, such as fees for the hire of premises. Please note, that costs associated with businesses operating from from a domestic property, or mobile business, are not eligible under this scheme.

If you do not supply the required information, this may cause a delay to your request being considered.

Before submitting an application, please check:

  • You have not automatically been awarded a Restart Grant. If you have already received grants from us under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) schemes, this is very likely.
  • That you are a business rates payer. You must have a business rates account number to be eligible under this scheme. If you are not registered for business rates, i.e you operate from a domestic property, are a mobile business,  you are not eligible under this scheme.
  • That you meet the eligibility criteria above, and that none of the exclusions apply to your business.
  • Please do not submit repeat or speculative applications, as this will slow down our ability to make payments promptly.

What you should expect from us

Once submitted, we will check if you are eligible for a grant payment and make a payment to you as soon as possible within 10 working days. If you are not eligible we will contact you by email to tell you why.

Please do not submit repeat payment requests or contact us to follow up on your request. Doing so requires us to redirect limited resources to answer calls and individual enquiries, slowing our ability to check and process payments to everyone as quickly as possible. 

If your business is eligible, a payment will be made direct to the nominated bank account you have provided on your request form. We will contact you if we cannot pay you the grant, or if further information is required to process your request.

More information

More advice about the support available to businesses can be found on the following pages:

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Last updated: 05 May 2021 14:31:23