Covid -19 Business Support Grants

Information about the grants and financial help available to local businesses as a result of Covid-19 local and national restrictions.

We are currently experiencing high demand for the grants and we are processing applications as quickly as possible. Please try to avoid making repeat contact regarding an outstanding claim as this will affect our ability to process them.

Grants available

Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme (closed businesses) - For businesses which are registered for Business Rates

Eligibility criteria

The Government has announced further funding to help support businesses that are required to close due to the restrictions being put in place.

In order to be eligible for a grant payment under the LRSG (closed businesses) scheme, a business must:

  • Be registered as the business rates payer to Doncaster Council, for a property entered on the non-domestic rating list.
  • Must have been open as usual, and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises, then required to close for a consecutive period of no less than two weeks as a result of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984.
  • Have been forced to close due to local lock down restrictions

From 24 October 2020 to 4 November 2020, be from the following business categories required to close under Tier 3 restrictions:

    • Pubs that do not serve food
    • Casinos
    • Adult Gaming centres
    • Betting shops
    • Soft play areas

From 1 November 2020, the following businesses will also be able to apply under this scheme:

  • Nightclubs
  • Adult entertainment venues

From 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020, under national lock down measures, the following business types will be able to apply:

  • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services. 
  • Hospitality venues, such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs.
  • Leisure and sports facilities, such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges. 
  • Accommodation, such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites.
  • Entertainment venues, such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks, theme parks. 
  • Personal care facilities, such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services. 
  • Community centres and halls.

If you have already applied for a payment under Tier 3 restrictions, you do not need to re-apply. We will automatically consider your application and make a payment under the national scheme from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 as well.

Find out if your business is required to close on the Covid-19 pages of the .Gov.uk website.

Grant payment amounts

The grant payable to an eligible business depends on the Rateable Value of the property (as entered on the non-domestic rating list on 23 October 2020), and the length of time the business has to remain closed. These are as follows:

Rateable Value (RV)

Grant payable

RV of £15,000 and under

£1,334 for 4 weeks

RV of £15,001, but less than £50,999

£2,000 for 4 weeks

RV of £51,000 and over

£3,000 for 4 weeks

Grant payments are currently subject to state aid limits. If you believe that by receiving this grant payment that you will exceed state aid limits, please contact us. Read more about State Aid. 

How to apply

If your business is eligible please complete the online application form.

You will be asked to provide details about your business and to provide proof of bank account details as an upload. A delay to processing your application may arise if this information isn’t provided.

The decision to award or withhold a grant payment is entirely at the discretion of Doncaster Council. 

Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme (open businesses)

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible for a grant payment under the LRSG (open businesses) scheme, a business must:

  • Be registered as the business rates payer to Doncaster Council, for a property entered on the non-domestic rating list .
  • Must have been open as usual, and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises, for the period Doncaster was under Tier 2 restrictions.
  • Have been forced to close due to local lock down restrictions introduced on 24 October 2020 or due to national lock down restrictions introduced on 5 November 2020.
  • Be in the following business categories - Hospitality, Leisure, B&B and Hotels.

Grant payment amounts

Tier 2 payments will be made based on the following levels, pro-rated for the relevant period of eligibility:

Rateable Value (RV Grant payable      

RV of £15,000 and under

£934 for 4 weeks

RV of £15,001, but less than £50,999

£1400 for 4 weeks

RV of £51,000 and over

£2100 for 4 weeks

Grant payments are currently subject to state aid limits. If you believe that by receiving this grant payment that you will exceed state aid limits, please contact us. Read more about State Aid. 

How to apply

You do not need to apply separately for a Tier 2 support payment. We will automatically determine if your business is eligible to this support when processing any claim under the Tier 3 or National lock down measures. 

Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) scheme - For businesses which are NOT registered for Business Rates

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible for a grant payment under the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), a business must:

  • Not be registered as a business rates payer or included in the non-domestic rating list in Doncaster
  • Must have fixed property 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. Domestic dwelling costs are not included.
  • Have been open as usual, and providing in-person services to customers from their premises, prior to restrictions being announced under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984.

Grants will be paid for businesses that were forced to close as part of Government restrictions, for the period 5 November 2020 to 02 December 2020, in the following categories:   

  • Non-essential retail selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.
  • Hospitality venues, such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs.
  • Leisure and sports facilities.
  • Accommodation such as Bed and Breakfasts and guest houses.
  • Entertainment venues.
  • Personal care facilities, such as hair and beauty, tanning and nail salons.
  • Community centres and halls.

Grants will be paid for business that remained open for the period 14 October 2020 to 4 November 2020, who suffered a loss of trade due to local restrictions and were in the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors only.    

Grant payment amounts

The grant payable to an eligible business depends on the level of fixed property costs (as shown below), and the length of time the business has been closed and has to remain closed.

Forced Closures grants (5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020)

Non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, accommodation, entertainment, personal care and community categories

Fixed Property Costs e.g. Rent

Grant payable

£0 to £1,499

£0

£1,500 to £2,999

£500

£3,000 to £15,000

£1,334

£15,001  to £51,000

£2,000

More than £51,000

£3,000


Open Business grants 
(hospitality, accommodation and leisure categories only)

(14 October 2020 to 23 October 2020, Tier 2 Local Restrictions)

(24 October 2020 to 4 November 2020, Tier 3 National Restrictions)

The total grant payable for both Tier 2 and Tier 3 periods is as follows:  

Fixed Property Costs e.g Rent

Grant Payable

£0 to £1,499

£734

£1,500 to £2,999

£734

£3,000 to £15,000

£734

£15,001  to £51,000

£1,100

More than £51,000

£1,650

Your business may be eligible under more than one category. You only have to apply once. If you do qualify under more than one category, the amount of grant will be calculated for you and paid as separate amounts into your bank account, so you can easily see which elements you have qualified for.  The amount will be a one off discretionary payment.  

Grant payments are currently subject to state aid limits. If you believe that by receiving this grant payment that you will exceed state aid limits, please contact us. Read more about State Aid.

How to apply

If your business is eligible please complete the online application form.

You will be asked to provide details about your business and to provide proof of bank account details and evidence of your fixed property costs as an upload. A delay to processing your application may arise if this information isn’t provided.

This funding is limited and once Doncaster’s allocation has been used, no further applications can be considered and any outstanding applications will be rejected.

The decision to award or withhold a grant payment is entirely at the discretion of Doncaster Council. 

NEW - Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme - Supply Chain

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for a grant payment under the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) - Supply Chain a business must:

  • Be a Business located in South Yorkshire. (applications will be made to the Local authority in which the business is located )
  • Operate business to business, within the South Yorkshire region.
  • Show that the majority of trade was with the hospitality, accommodation, leisure and entertainment sectors.
  • Have been open and trading on 13 October 2020.
  • Have minimum fixed business property costs identified either by a rateable value (for existing business rate payers), or other costs such as rent or a business mortgage for businesses who are not included on the rating list, and as a result do not pay business rates. These can also include storage costs directly associated with the business.

Examples of supply chain business can include but are not restricted to:

  • Booking agents
  • Event Management companies
  • Sporting equipment
  • Catering equipment
  • Travel Agents
  • Outdoor Pursuits companies
  • Wedding Cars
  • Coach Hire
  • Catteries/Kennels
  • Dry cleaning companies
  • Breweries/Drink providers
  • Food preparation (not retail)
  • Florists
  • Cake companies
  • Security Services

Grant payment amounts

The grant payable to an eligible business depends on the level of fixed property costs (as shown below), business activity and extent of losses.

Fixed Property Costs (Rateable Value or Rent etc.)

Grant payable

£1 to £2,999

£500

£3,000 to £15,000

£934

£15,001 to £50,999

£1,400

£51,000 and above

£2,100


Payment is a one off payment on the basis of being open for a 28 day period.

  • All properties with RV or Fixed costs of £3,000 or over will receive the relevant grant (one grant per property)
  • For any properties with RV or Fixed costs under £3,000, one grant will be paid per business rather than per property

Exclusions

  • Businesses that have already benefited from a Local Restrictions Grant or an Additional Restriction Grant.
  • You must not have been able to access any other government business support during this period. Please note, this excludes the government's furlough support scheme or self-employed income scheme
  • National and larger companies
  • Properties that were already closed on 13 October 2020
  • Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de-minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework are not eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses in areas outside the scope of the restrictions, as defined by Government, are not eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses run from domestic properties with no business fixed property costs.
  • Professional services that can operate remotely, such as accountants.
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made at the date of the local lockdown are not eligible for this grant.

How to apply

If your business is eligible please complete the online application form.

You will be asked to provide details about your business and to provide proof of bank account details, evidence of fixed property costs if you are not a registered business rates payer and evidence of insurance. You may also be asked to supply evidence of losses and certain marketing information. A delay to processing your application may arise if this information isn’t provided.

This funding is limited and once Doncaster’s allocation has been used, no further applications can be considered and any outstanding applications will be rejected.

These grants are also subject to state aid and by accepting any grant you must confirm that you are not in breach of state aid rules.

CLOSING DATE: Please Note this Scheme will close for applications at 17:00 on 16 December 2020

NEW - Licensed taxi driver support grant scheme

To support taxi drivers within South Yorkshire who have suffered loss of income due to local and national restrictions which have had an impact on their trade, a one-off payment of £500 is available to each licensed taxi driver. This payment will be made from the £30m funding provided to Sheffield City Region to support the region's businesses.

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible for a grant payment, the licensed taxi driver must:

  • Be registered as a licensed taxi driver with Doncaster Council on 14 October 2020.
  • Operate as a licensed taxi drivers in the South Yorkshire area.

The bank account details provided for payment must belong to the applicant licensed taxi driver. Payments will not be made to a 3rd party bank account. 

How to apply

If you are an eligible licensed taxi driver, please complete the online application form.

You will be asked to provide details about you, your address, your taxi license, and bank account details. You will also be asked to upload a recent bank account statement. Your application may be delayed or refused if this information isn’t provided.

The decision to award or withhold a grant payment is entirely at the discretion of Doncaster Council. 

Frequently asked questions

We are working tirelessly to process as many payments as possible to help all eligible businesses. Before any payment can be made we have to check each individual request and determine a business’s eligibility under the scheme. We ask that you remain patient during these difficult times, as call volumes, grant requests and queries relating to these are extremely high. We hope that the frequently asked questions below may help.

My business hasn't been forced to close, but is still adversely affected. Are other grants available?

As a result of the additional Covid-19 lock down restrictions, funding of £30m has been allocated to Sheffield City Region (SCR) to help put in place economic support measures.

SCR have agreed a package of support to help local businesses, including those which are not registered for business rates, and have been forced to close or that have not been forced to close but that are severely affected by the latest restrictions. This will be administered under the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme (ARG).

Further information and details of all the central government financial support that is available can be found on the .Gov.uk website.

Are there any exclusions to the schemes?

The following exclusions apply:

  • Business properties which are empty are excluded from this scheme.
  • Takeaway businesses are considered essential retail, and are therefore not required to close under national lock down. Such businesses are not eligible to support under this scheme.
  • Businesses in areas outside the scope of the restrictions, as defined by Government, are not eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to are not eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de-minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework are not eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made at the date of the local lockdown are not eligible for this grant.

In cases where it was factually clear to us that on the local lock down date that the non-domestic rating list was inaccurate on that date, we may withhold the grant and/or award the grant based on our view of who would have been entitled to the grant had the list been accurate. The decision to award or withhold a grant payment is entirely at the discretion of Doncaster Council. 

Any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the hereditament) after the first full day of localised restrictions and business closures regulations came into force including changes which have been backdated to this date, are to 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 the local lock down date.

How much is the grant payment?

Under the Local restrictions grant scheme - for businesses forced to close under Tier 3 or National lockdown measures

Under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) scheme the following grants are available to businesses forced to closed under either tier 3 restrictions (from 24/10/20) or national lock down restrictions (from 05/11/20):

The grant payable to an eligible business depends on the Rateable Value of the property as entered on the non-domestic rating list on 23 October 2020, and the length of time the business has to remain closed. These are as follows:

Rateable Value (RV)

Grant payable

RV of £15,000 and under

£1,334 for 4 weeks

RV of £15,001, but less than £50,999

£2,000 for 4 weeks

RV of £51,000 and over

£1,500 for 4 weeks

Under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (open businesses) for period under Tier 2/3 payments will be made based on the following levels, pro-rated for the relevant period of eligibility:

Rateable Value (RV

Grant payable      

RV of £15,000 and under

£934 for 4 weeks

RV of £15,001, but less than £50,999

£1400 for 4 weeks

RV of £51,000 and over

£2100 for 4 weeks

Under the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme

The grant payable to an eligible business depends on the level of fixed property costs (as shown below), and the length of time the business has been closed and has to remain closed.

Forced Closures grants (5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020)

Non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, accommodation, entertainment, personal care and community categories

Fixed Property Costs e.g. Rent

Grant payable

£0 to £1,499

£0

£1,500 to £2,999

£500

£3,000 to £15,000

£1,334

£15,001  to £51,000

£2,000

More than £51,000

£3,000


Open Business grants 
(hospitality, accommodation and leisure categories only)

(14 October 2020 to 23 October 2020, Tier 2 Local Restrictions)

(24 October 2020 to 4 November 2020, Tier 3 National Restrictions)

The total grant payable for both Tier 2 and Tier 3 periods is as follows:  

Fixed Property Costs e.g Rent

Grant Payable

£0 to £1,499

£734

£1,500 to £2,999

£734

£3,000 to £15,000

£734

£15,001  to £51,000

£1,100

More than £51,000

£1,650

 

When will my grant be paid?

We aim to make payment to eligible businesses within 10 working days of receiving an application.

We apologise if your grant request is taking longer to consider. This may be because they need further checks before a payment can be made. This is often as a result of a discrepancy between our business rates records and the information you have provided on your e-form. If your grant request is still outstanding, please remain patient. A member of our team will be in contact if further information is needed from you. 

Will you contact me when you send me a grant payment?

Yes. If you are an eligible business, once your payment has been processed we will send you an email notification, followed by a letter. The letter will include important information about state aid requirements and your eligibility to a grant payment.

How will the grant be paid to me?

Payments are being made by BACS payment. These can take between 3-5 days to reach bank accounts from the date of processing.

Is the grant taxable?

Yes, grant income received by a business is taxable. The Local Restrictions Support Grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business. Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

Can I check the progress of my request?

We ask that you do not contact us to follow up on your request or payment. 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 grant application is still outstanding, please remain patient. A member of our team will be in contact if further information is needed from you. If checking the status of your request on MyDoncaster, this may show as 'closed' or ‘pending’. We apologise for this. This does not mean that your request has been dealt with, and it may still be outstanding. We are looking to resolve this error and will deal with all requests as soon as possible. Once your payment has been processed we will send you a letter confirming this.

We thank you for your patience at this difficult time.

Further information about COVID - 19 and the support available to businesses is also available on the .Gov.uk website .

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Last updated: 25 November 2020 17:05:31