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.

UPDATED – 24 FEBRUARY 21

Business Grants – Current situation update

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on 22 February that current lock down restrictions remain in place, further grant payments are payable to businesses under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) (closed business) scheme.

Further payments under the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme (closed businesses) - for businesses registered for business rates

If you have already received grant payments, or have an application outstanding under the LRSG (closed business) scheme, we will automatically identify eligible businesses and make additional payments to those businesses at the following rates:

Rateable Value Grant amount payable
Under £15,000 £2,096
£15,001 to £50,999 £3,143
£51,00 and over £4,714

Further payments under the Additional Restrictions Support Grant (ARG) schemes including those for businesses not registered for business rates, supply chain businesses, and open businesses

As the above schemes are awarded from limited funding given to Sheffield City Region (SCR), we cannot currently confirm if these schemes will also be extended as a result of the Government's announcement. Regrettably, as remaining funding is limited not all schemes will be subject to additional payments.

We ask that business who have previously received support under any of these schemes remain patient. Should sufficient funding remain available to extend any of the ARG schemes , we will automatically identify eligible businesses under the relevant schemes, and where further payments are applicable, we will process payments to you as soon as possible. Please be aware, that not all schemes will be subject to additional payments.

What do you need to do?

If you have already received a grant payment under the LRSG scheme, you DO NOT need to re-apply

If your business has already received grant payments under the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme (LRSG) you DO NOT need to re-apply for any additional payments payable as a result of the Government’s announcements. We will automatically identify eligible businesses under the  scheme, and where a further payment is applicable, we will process payments to you as soon as possible. Please allow up to 10 working days from any announcement for us to identify eligible businesses and make payment. You will receive a further email notification once any payment has been made to you. Please be aware, that not all schemes will be subject to additional payments.

If you have an outstanding grant application under the LRSG scheme and have not yet received payment, you DO NOT need to re-apply

If you already have submitted an application, but have yet to receive payment, do not worry. If you are eligible, all payments will be automatically included once your application is approved. Please DO NOT submit a repeat application.

If you have already received a grant payment under any of the Additional Restrictions Support grant (ARG) schemes, please DO NOT re-apply

As the above schemes are awarded from limited funding given to Sheffield City Region (SCR), we cannot currently confirm if these schemes will also be extended as a result of the Government's announcement. Regrettably, as remaining funding is limited not all schemes will be subject to additional payments. If you have already received support under any of the ARG schemes we ask that businesses do not re-apply.

We ask that business who have previously received support under any of these schemes remain patient. Should sufficient funding remain available to allow the extension any of the ARG schemes, we will automatically identify eligible businesses under the relevant schemes, and where applicable, we will process payments to eligible businesses as soon as possible. Please be aware, that not all schemes will be subject to additional payments.

If your circumstances have changed, you must tell us immediately

If you no longer meet the eligibility criteria to receive a grant, have breached state aid limits, or no longer wish to receive grant payments, you must tell us straightaway at localsupportgrants@doncaster.gov.uk.

Any deliberate manipulation or withholding of information to incorrectly receive a grant is considered an act of fraud, subject to prosecution and any money paid under the grant scheme will be recovered from you.

If you have still not applied, check your eligibility

If you have not yet applied for a business support grant, please check below for the schemes available. You will find information about the eligibility and how to apply online.

Grants available

Different grants are available for:

Grants available for Businesses registered to pay business rates

The following grants are payable to eligible businesses who are registered to pay business rates. This means that each year you you receive a business rates bill, even if you are receiving relief and have nothing to pay. 

If you are eligible under any of the periods and schemes listed below, you only need to apply once. If your application is approved we will automatically identify which payments are are eligible to receive.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed businesses) Addendum, applicable under National Lock downs (5 November to 2 December 2020, and 5 January 2021 onwards)

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 trading the day before local restrictions came into force to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme. 
  • Have been forced to close due to local lock down restrictions

From 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020, and from 5 Janaury 2021, 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.

Businesses that are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors) are not eligible under this scheme.

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), and the length of time the business has to remain closed. These are as follows:

Rateable Value (RV) Scheme grant amount payable Actual grant amount paid for lock down 5/11/20 to 2/12/20 Actual grant amount paid for lock down 5/01/21 for 6 weeks
RV of under £15,000 £1,334 for 4 weeks £1,334 £2,001
RV of £15,001 to £50,999 £2,000 for 4 weeks £2,000 £3,000
RV of £51,000 and over £3,000 for 4 weeks £3,000 £4,500


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. 

 

The Local Restrictions Support grant (open businesses) applicable under Tier 2 & Tier 3 (14 October 2020 to 4 November 2020, and 2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021)

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 adversely affected by local lock down restrictions introduced on 24 October 2020 or due to national lock down restrictions introduced on 5 November 2020.

From 14 October 2020 to 4 November 2020, the business must be in the following business categories:

  • Hospitality, Leisure, B&B and Hotels.

From 2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021, the business must be in the following business categories

  • Leisure

(please not Hospitality, B&B and hotels are covered by Tier 3 restrictions for this period)

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) Scheme grant amount payable Actual grant amount payable for 14/10/20 to 4/11/20 for Hospitality, Leisure and accommodation (22 days) Actual grant amount payable for 14/10/20 to 23/10/20 (Pubs not serving food only) Actual grant amount payable for 2/12/20 to 18/12/20 for Leisure only (17 days) Actual grant amount payable for 19/12/20 to 1/1/21 for Leisure only (14 days)
RV of £15,000 and under £934 for 4 weeks £734 £334 £567 £467
RV of £15,001 to £50,999 £1,400 for 4 weeks £1,100 £500 £850 £700
RV of £51,000 and over £2,100 for 4 weeks £1,650 £750 £1,275 £1,050
 

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 Local Restrictions Support Grant application.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed businesses), applicable under Tier 3 (24 October to 4 November 2020, and 2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021)

Eligibility criteria

  • Be registered as the business rates payer to Doncaster Council, for the relevant property entered on the non-domestic rating list on the first day of local restrictions being implemented.
  • Have been trading the day before local restrictions came into force to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme. Where local restrictions are preceded by national ‘lockdown’ measures, requiring the extended closure of eligible businesses, it is accepted that those businesses are still trading.
  • 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.
  • must be closed for the entirety of the 14-day payment cycle to be eligible. If a business is open and then decides to close during a payment cycle, it will only become eligible for a grant when it enters the next 14-day payment cycle.

From 24 October 2020 to 4 November 2020, only businesses from the following business categories were 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, support was extended to include the following businesses under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) scheme:

  • Nightclubs
  • Adult entertainment venues

From 2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021, Tier 3 restrictions required the following business types to close

  • 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. 

Please note: where a business is required to close its main in-person service, but adapts its business to operate takeaway, click and collect, or online with delivery services, it will be considered closed and be eligible to receive grants under this scheme, because its substantive business must close.

For full details of the business required to close during Tier 3 restrictions please go to .Gov.uk  .

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), and the length of time the business has to remain closed.

Grants are payable on a 2 weekly basis. Your first payment will be made from the next available payment cycle after your application is received.

These are as follows:

Rateable Value (RV) Scheme grant amount payable Actual grant amount payable for 24/10/20 to 4/11/20 (12 days) Actual grant amount payable for 2/12/20 to 18/12/20 (17 days) Actual grant amount payable for 19/12/20 to 01/01/21 (14 days) Actual grant amount payable for 2/1/21 to 4/1/21 (3 days)
RV of £15,000 and under £667 for 2 weeks £572 £810 £667 £143
RV of £15,001 to £50,999 £1,000 for 2 weeks £857 £1,214 £1,000 £214
RV of £51,000 and over £1,500 for 2 weeks £750 £1,821 £1,500 £321

Exclusions

The following exclusions apply:

  • Businesses that are able to conduct their main service because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors).
  • Business premises that are empty are not eligible under this scheme.
  • Businesses subject to local restrictions that are implemented for less than 14 days and businesses that are closed for less than 14 days are not eligible for grant funding.
  • Businesses in areas outside the scope of the localised restrictions, as defined by Government, are also excluded.
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses that 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.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme. However, eligible businesses that have a voluntary agreement but are not insolvent, in liquidation or in administration will be eligible to receive a grant if they are still trading and operating, but only under de minimis, if the agreement means the business is ineligible for a grant under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities.
  • Specific businesses subject to national closures since 23 March 2020 will not be eligible for this funding. They will be provided support through the strand of the LRSG (Sector) for nationally mandated business closures.

How to apply

You do not need to apply separately for a Tier 3 support payments. We will automatically determine if your business is eligible to this support when processing any Local Restrictions Support Grant application.

The Additional Restrictions Support Grant (ARG) scheme - One off Hospitality, Accommodation and Entertainment Sectors top up payment

Sheffield City Region have agreed a one-off top payment for December 20, to supplement the LRSG (closed) scheme for hospitality, accommodation and entertainment businesses forced to close under Tier 3. The level of payment will be based on a business’ Rateable Value or rental values. This additional payment is to reflect our recognition of the difficult trading conditions experienced by these sectors.

The scheme applies to both Business Rate paying business and non-Business Rate paying businesses.

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible a business must:

  • be in the Hospitality, Accommodation or Entertainment sectors
  • be required to close under the current Tier 3 restrictions.

The following business types from the Hospitality, Accommodation and Entertainment sectors are excluded under this scheme:

  • national chains,
  • casinos,
  • bingo halls
  • adult gaming and
  • adult entertainment venues

Grant payment amounts

Rateable Value One off December grant amount One off January 21 grant amount  Total payable under scheme
Under £15,000 £2,000 £2,000 £4,000
£15,001 to £50,999 £4,000 £4,000 £8,000
£51,000 and over £6,000 £6,000 £12,000

How to apply

The additional grant top up will be automatically paid to eligible businesses as part of any Local Restrictions Support Grant application.

If you have already been paid a grant, and you are eligible, a further payment will be made to you for this scheme very soon. You do not need to submit a new application. 

The National one-off Closed Business Lock down Support Payment (CBSP)

As part of the package of support available to businesses under the national lock down restrictions imposed on 5 January 2021, the chancellor has announced a one off grant payment of up to £9,000 for businesses required to close.

Businesses who are eligible for support under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed businesses) Addendum, for the national lock down from 5 January 2021, will also receive the following payment:

Rateable Value Grant amount payable
Under £15,000 £4,000
£15,001 to £50,999 £6,000
£51,00 and over £9,000

How to apply

The one off grant payment will be automatically paid to eligible businesses as part of any Local Restrictions Support Grant application.

If you have already been paid a grant, and you are eligible, a further payment will be made to you for this scheme very soon. You do not need to submit a new application. 

Submit an application as a business that is registered to pay Business Rates

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

You only need to apply once. We will determine which of the scheme payments listed above your business is eligible to receive.

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. 

Please DO NOT submit repeat applications.

If your business has already received grant payments under the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme (LRSG) you DO NOT need to re-apply for any additional payments which may be available as a result of any Government announcement extending the current lock down restrictions. We will automatically identify eligible businesses under the relevant schemes, and where further payments are applicable, we will process payments to you as soon as possible. Please allow up to 10 working days from any announcement for us to identify eligible businesses and make payment. You will receive a further email notification once any payment has been made to you. 

Businesses must tell us immediately if they no longer meet the eligibility criteria, for example, if you become insolvent.

Grants available for Businesses NOT registered for Business Rates

The following grants are payable to eligible businesses who are NOT registered to pay business rates. This means you do not receive a business rates bill. 

If you are eligible under any of the periods and schemes listed below, you only need to apply once. If your application is approved we will automatically identify which payments are are eligible to receive.

 Additional Restrictions Support grant scheme - For business which are NOT registered to pay 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 National Closures

(5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020)

(5 January 2021 for 6 weeks)

Includes business within the Non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, accommodation, entertainment, personal care and community sectors

Fixed Property Costs e.g. Rent Grant payable for 5 November 20 to 2 December 2020 Grant payable 5 January 2021 for 6 weeks One off closed business support payment for January 21
£0 to £1,499 £0 £0 £0
£1,500 to £2,999 £500 £750 £1,500
£3,000 to £15,000 £1,334 £2,000 £4,000
£15,001  to £51,000 £2,000 £3,000 £6,000
More than £51,000 £3,000 £4,500 £9,000

 

Fixed Property Costs e.g. Rent Grant payable for 5 November 20 to 2 December 2020 Grant payable 5 January 2021 for 6 weeks
£0 to £1,499 £0 £0
£1,500 to £2,999 £500 £750
£3,000 to £15,000 £1,334 £2,000
£15,001  to £51,000 £2,000 £3,000
More than £51,000 £3,000 £4,500

Open Business grants 
(hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors 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

Closed Business grants (Hospitality, Accommodation and Entertainment sectors only)

(2 December 2020 to 1 January 2021)

Fixed Property costs e.g. Rent Grant paid for period 2/12/20 to 18/12/20 (17 days) Grant paid for period 19/12/20 to 1/1/21 (14 days)
£0 to £1,499 £810 £667
£1,500 to £2,999 £810 £667
£3,000 to £15,000 £810 £667
£15,001 to £51,000 £1,214 £1,000
More than £51,000 £1,821 £1,500

Open Business grants (leisure sector only)

(2 December 2020 to 1 January 2021)

Fixed property cost e.g. Rent Grant paid for the period 2/12/20 to 18/12/20 (17 days) Grant paid for period 19/12/20 to 1/1/21 (14 days)
£0 to £1,499 £567 £467
£1,500 to £2,999 £567 £467
£3,000 to £15,000 £567 £467
£15,001 to £51,000 £850 £700
More than £51,000 £1,275 £1,050


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. 

The Additional Restrictions Support Grant (ARG) scheme - One off Hospitality, Accommodation and Entertainment Sectors top up payment

Sheffield City Region have agreed a one-off top payment for December 20, to supplement the LRSG (closed) scheme for hospitality, accommodation and entertainment businesses forced to close under Tier 3. The level of payment will be based on a business’ Rateable Value or rental values. This additional payment is to reflect our recognition of the difficult trading conditions experienced by these sectors.

The scheme applies to both Business Rate paying business and non-Business Rate paying businesses.

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible a business must:

  • be in the Hospitality, Accommodation or Entertainment sectors
  • be required to close under the current Tier 3 restrictions.

The following business types within the Hospitality, Accommodation and Entertainment sectors are excluded under this scheme:

  • national chains,
  • casinos,
  • bingo halls
  • adult gaming and
  • adult entertainment venues

Grant payment amounts

Eligible non-Business Rate paying businesses will receive the following based upon their fixed property related costs.

Rateable Value / annual Rent One off December grant amount One off January 21 grant amount  Total payable under scheme
Under £15,000 £2,000 £2,000 £4,000
£15,001 to £50,999 £4,000 £4,000 £8,000
£51,000 and over £6,000 £6,000 £12,000
How to apply

The additional grant top up will be automatically paid to eligible businesses as part of any Additional Restrictions Support Grant application.

If you have already been paid a grant, and you are eligible, a further payment will be made to you for this scheme very soon. You do not need to submit a new application. 

Submit an application as a business that is NOT registered to pay Business Rates

If your business is not registered to pay business rates and is eligible for a grant please complete the online application form.

You only need to apply once. We will determine which of the scheme payments listed above your business is eligible to receive.

If you are registered for business rates, but your bill is zero, for example because you get 100% relief, please complete the application for business registered to pay business rates.

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. 

Please DO NOT submit repeat applications.

If your business has already received grant payments under the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme (ARG) you DO NOT need to re-apply for any additional payments which may be available as a result of any Government announcement extending the current lock down restrictions. If the Sheffield City Region (SCR) scheme is extended to cover additional periods of lock down, we will automatically identify eligible businesses under the relevant schemes, and where further payments are applicable, we will process payments to you as soon as possible. Please allow up to 10 working days from any announcement for us to identify eligible businesses and make payment. You will receive a further email notification once any payment has been made to you. 

Businesses must tell us immediately if they no longer meet the eligibility criteria, for example, if you become insolvent.

Additional Schemes

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 £1,000 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. 

Grant payment amount

A one of payment of £1,000 is payable to eligible licensed taxi drivers.

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. 

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme - Supply Chain

This scheme has recently been re-opened. The application window under this scheme now closes at 17:00 on 31 March 2021. 

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. 

The scheme has now been supplemented by SCR through a further discretionary one-off payment for December 2020.This amount will be paid in addition to the Supply Chain grant and will be paid into bank accounts at the same time as the initial payment. There is no need to apply again if you have already applied under the Supply Chain Scheme. Grants will be paid as follows:

Fixed property costs (Rateable Value or Rent etc) Initial Grant amount December 20 Top up amount January 21 Top up amount Total payable under scheme
£1 to £2,999 £500 £934 £1,868 £3,302
£3,000 to £15,000 £934 £934 £1,868 £3,736
£15,001 to £50,999 £1,400 £1,400 £2,800 £5,600
£51,000 and above £2,100 £2,100 £4,200 £8,400
  • 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: This scheme has recently been re-opened. The application window under this scheme now closes at 17:00 on 31 March 2021. 

Discretionary Grant Scheme (home based businesses, mobile and self-employed)

Working alongside the Sheffield City Region, funding has been secured to support home working, mobile and self-employed businesses that provide an in-person/face to face service and have suffered loss of trade because of COVID-19 and that have been unable to access any of the existing business grant schemes. All qualifying businesses will receive a one off payment of £1000.

Eligibility criteria
  • Be unable to access any other government business support packages during this period or the Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) with the exception of the Furlough support scheme.
  • Be a micro/small business (fewer than 49 employees).
  • Be registered as a business before 31 December 2020.
  • Confirm trading has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
  • Demonstrate some business related costs e.g. business insurance costs, trade association membership costs, etc.
  • Comply with De-Minimus State aid rules.
Exclusions
  • Businesses that have already benefited from a Local Restrictions Grant or an Additional Restriction Grant.
  • National and larger companies
  • Professional services e.g. solicitors, accountants, insurance agents/financial advisers that can operate remotely
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made at the date of the national restriction for funding under this scheme.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) - Businesses permitted to remain OPEN but that have suffered significant loss of trade

This scheme only applies to businesses which are NOT required to close under the national lock down restrictions from 5 January 2021, and which have suffered a significant loss of trade.

If you have been required to close, please see the Local Restrictions Support Grant (for businesses registered for business rates) and Additional Restrictions Support Grant (for business not registered for business rates) schemes. If you are a self employed, mobile or home based business, please see the Discretionary Grant scheme. If you are a supply chain business to the hospitality, accommodation and entertainment sectors, lease see the Supply Chain scheme.

We are aware that many businesses that have been able to remain open during the national lock down are suffering from a loss of trade. Using funding allocated to Sheffield City Region, this grants is being made available to acknowledge the loss of trade and costs associated with staying open at a time of lack of footfall on the High St and reduced consumer confidence in visiting those businesses which can remain open to the public since national lock down restrictions were introduced on 5 January 2021.

Under this scheme a one-off grant is available to public facing businesses that are allowed to stay Open under the 5th January 2021 National Lock down.

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible a business MUST:

  • be permitted to remain open under Government lock down regulations effective from 5 January 2021.
  • have its business property in South Yorkshire.
  • have fixed property costs – identified by RV or Rent (or mortgage payments).
  • have been trading on 4th January 2021.
  • be able to demonstrate a significant loss of trade because of current or previous national lock downs (March 2020 / November 2020 / January 2021).
  • have the primary activity of provision of in-person services for the sale of goods/services to the public on a face to face basis e.g. the public are required to enter business premises to purchase goods/services.

Subject to evidencing a significant loss in trade, whilst not limited to, this may include businesses such as, independent food retailers – including mini-markets, corner shops, butchers, green grocers, newsagents, vehicle repairs and MOT services, independent launderettes and dry cleaners, professional training centre, takeaways, or providers of medical services e.g. dental services, opticians, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health.

Exclusions

The following exclusions apply:

  • A business that has been forced to close but still trades on a revised basis e.g. a restaurant offering a takeaway service are not eligible.
  • National/ Large Companies and Franchises (unless an independent business operating the franchise) e.g. large and national supermarkets are not eligible.
  • Businesses whose primary function is not to provide goods/services to members of the public within their premise e.g. manufacturing sales/show rooms are not eligible.
  • Businesses that can continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors) are not eligible.
  • Office and manufacturing businesses are not eligible.
  • Businesses eligible to receive grants under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed businesses) scheme cannot claim under this scheme.

Grant payment amounts

The grant payable to an eligible business depends on the level of rateable value (RV) for rate paying businesses or fixed property costs for non rate paying businesses. These are as follows:

RV or Fixed property cost e.g. rent Grant amount payable
£1 - £15,000 £1,400
£15,001 to £50,999 £2,100
£51,000 and over £3,150

Grants will be provided based on one grant per eligible property

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.

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: This scheme closes to applications at 17:00 on 31 March 2021.

 Closed schemes

Wet led pub support grant scheme - Applications are now closed

We are sorry, but applications for this scheme have now closed. Regrettably, any application received after 28 February 2021 cannot be considered for payment.

On 1 December 2020, the Government announced the introduction of additional support over the festive period for wet-led pubs in areas under Tier 2 or 3 restrictions.

Eligibility criteria

A one off grant of £1,000 will be payable to eligible wet led pubs.

In order to be eligible, the business must:

  • Be registered as the business rates payer to Doncaster Council, for the relevant property entered on the non-domestic rating list on 1 December 2020.
  • Be defined as a pub. For the purpose of this grant, defined as -open to the general public, allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided, allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed and permit drinks to be purchased at a bar.
  • Be a wet-led pub, meaning it derives less than 50% of its income from sales of food.
  • Have been trading on 30 November (the day before this scheme was announced). Where local restrictions are preceded by national ‘lockdown’ measures, requiring the closure of businesses that are otherwise eligible, it is accepted that those businesses are still trading.

Please note: This scheme excludes restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos.

Where a Local Authority has reason to believe that the information that they hold about the ratepayer is inaccurate they may withhold or recover the grant and take reasonable steps to identify the correct ratepayer. Local Authorities should make clear to recipients that the grant is for the ratepayer and may be liable for recovery if the recipient was not the ratepayer on the eligible day.

Businesses that are also in receipt of other Local Restrictions Support Grants – for example LRSG (Closed) or Additional Restrictions Grant – can also receive this grant.

Grant payment amount

A one of payment of £1,000 is payable to eligible wet let pubs.

Exclusions

The following exclusions apply to this scheme:

  • Pubs that derive over 50% of their income from food sales are not be eligible to receive funding through this grant scheme.
  • Restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos are not eligible under this scheme.
  • Businesses in areas moving from Tier 1 to Tier 2 or Tier 3 after 29 December are not be eligible to receive funding.
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis, the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework and all other UK schemes under the terms of the European Commission’s Temporary Framework are 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.

How to apply

We have actively identified eligible businesses and have written to those businesses providing details of the scheme and an application form. The letter contains a disclaimer application form, asking you to confirm that your business meets the criteria of this scheme and to confirm your business bank account details.

This scheme closed on 28 February 2021. Regrettably, no further applications can be accepted. Any application received before that date will still be considered under the scheme.

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.

Please see individual schemes for additional exclusions.

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?

Please see the individual grant schemes for details of any amounts payable. 

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 payments.

How will the grant be paid to me?

Payments are being made by BACS. Payments 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. Grant payments 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: 01 March 2021 09:45:09