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Coronavirus grant for businesses closed due to national restrictions


The ‘Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum’ supports businesses that have been required to close or adapt due to the national restrictions between 5 November and 2 December 2020.

Eligible businesses are entitled to a grant for each 28 day period under national restrictions.

Grant amount

Grants are based on the rateable value of the property as at 5 November 2020.

The grant amounts for each 28 day period under national restrictions are as follows.

If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of:

  • £15,000 or less, you will receive a one-off grant of £1,334
  • over £15,000 but less than £51,000, you will receive a one-off grant of £2,000
  • £51,000 and above, you will receive a one-off grant of £3,000

The grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible for a grant from Merton Council if it:

  • occupies property in Merton on which it pays business rates, and
  • was open and trading on 4 November 2020, and 
  • has been required to close* for at least 4 weeks because of the national lockdown

* Businesses that have been unable to provide their usual in-person customer service from their premises and have adapted to offer takeaways or 'click and collect' products are considered to be closed. These businesses will be eligible for this scheme because their 'substantive' business has had to close. An example of this would be a restaurant who cannot have seated guests because of the restrictions but has instead moved towards providing takeaway food collection or deliveries.

See the list of businesses required to close and those allowed to stay open from 4 November 2020 (GOV.UK).

 

Businesses excluded from the grant fund

You cannot get funding if:

  • you are not a business ratepayer
  • you can continue to operate during the period of restrictions because you do not depend on providing direct in-person services from your premises (for example accountants)
  • you have been able to stay open because the type of business you operate has not been required to close
  • you have chosen to close, but have not been required to close as part of national restrictions
  • your substantive business was already a take-away
  • your main business is as an online operator and you can continue to operate your business with no restriction
  • you have exceeded the permitted state aid limit
  • you are bankrupt, or your company is in liquidation, or has had a notice that it is to be struck off the Companies House register

How to apply

Applications can only be made here using our data capture form.

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Before applying you will need to have the following documents available to upload to support your application:

  • proof of identity of sole trader (e.g. passport, driving licence) or limited company (document confirming company name, registered address, company number)
  • bank statement confirming name and address of account holder (this must be dated within the last 3 months)
  • evidence of trading on 4 November 2020 (e.g. recent invoices for sales or services)
  • evidence to confirm property was occupied (e.g. utility bills) 

Find out more about this grant

GOV.UK: Check if your business is eligible for a coronavirus grant due to national restrictions (for closed businesses)

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