Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Financial assistance for businesses

Please continue to check this website page for further information regarding the launch of these schemes and also check the government website for information.

Looking for our Making a Difference Grant Fund?

Find our Making a Difference Grant fund information here:

Which grant schemes are available?

There are three new schemes to support businesses during Lockdown 3 from 5 Jan to 15 Feb 2021.

In order to distribute this money as quickly as possible we are automatically providing grant funding to all eligible businesses that previously applied and were paid a grant under the 5 Nov to 2 Dec 2020 LRSG (Closed) Addendum scheme, Closed Business Lockdown Payment (CBLP) and ARG (Discretionary). You are therefore at this time NOT required to submit any form of application for the current national lockdown.

If you have not previously applied for the grants you will have to complete the relevant application. See tables below for all relevant restriction periods.

5 Jan to 15 Feb 2021- two LRSG schemes and one discretionary scheme available.
Name of grant Types of businesses that can apply Dates applicable How to apply

LRSG (Closed) Addendum

Businesses forced to close due to the national lockdown enforced from 5 Jan 2021. Eligible businesses are entitled to a grant that covers a fixed 42-day period from 5 Jan to 15 Feb 2021. If you were eligible for this grant 5 Nov to 2 Dec 2020 you will be emailed to confirm eligibility and payment will be made automatically for the 42-day period. New Applications Form available Feb 2021. Applications close 31 Mar 2021.

Closed Business Lockdown Payment (CBLP)

One off payment to businesses mandated to close from 5 Jan 2021. Eligible businesses are entitled to a grant that covers a fixed 42-day period from 5 Jan to 15 Feb 2021.

If you were eligible for the LRSG (Closed) Addendum 5 Nov to 2 Dec 2020 you will be emailed to confirm eligibility and payment for this one off grant will be made automatically. New Applications Form available Feb 2021. Applications close 31 Mar 2021.

ARG (Discretionary) Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary) scheme to provide financial support to businesses unable to access the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum scheme and for business top up support to LRSG schemes whilst Hambleton is placed under National Lockdown or COVID Alert Level Tier 3. Eligible businesses are entitled to a grant that covers the 5-day period in tier 3 Restrictions from 31 Dec to 4 Jan 2021 and fixed 42-day period from 5 Jan to 15 Feb 2021.

If you were eligible for the ARG (Discretionary) 5 Nov to 2 Dec 2020 you will be emailed to confirm eligibility and payment for this one off grant will be made automatically. If you have not already applied for an ARG (Discretionary) grant you can apply here:

ARG (Discretionary) application

31 Dec to 4 Jan 2021 – Tier 3- four LRSG schemes and one discretionary scheme available
Name of grant Types of businesses that can apply Dates applicable

LRSG (Closed) Version 2

Application form available February

Businesses that are mandated/required to close under Tier 3 such as wet pubs. Businesses need to be closed for the full 5-day period Eligible businesses are entitled to a grant that covers a fixed 5-day period from 31 Dec to 4 Jan 2021.

LRSG Open (Tier 3)

Application form available February

Businesses who were open during Tier 3 restrictions but whose trade suffered as a result - aimed at hospitality, hotels, bed and breakfast, and leisure businesses. Eligible businesses are entitled to a grant that covers a fixed 5-day period from 31 Dec to 4 Jan 2021.

LRSG (Sector)

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This specialist grant is only available to nightclubs, dance halls, casinos, discotheques and sexual entertainment venues that have had to close due to national restrictions imposed on 23 Mar 2020, and have not been able to re-open because of the restrictions. This grant is not retrospective, and eligible businesses are entitled to a grant covering the 1 Nov to 4 Nov 2020 and then from 2 Dec to 15 Dec 2020 and 16 Dec to 29 Dec 2020, 31 Dec to 4 Jan 2021, which is the current period that Hambleton is in Tier 3.
2 Dec to 29 Dec 2020- three LRSG schemes and one discretionary scheme
Name of grant Types of businesses that can apply Dates applicable

LRSG (Closed) Version 2

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Businesses that are mandated/required to close under Tier 2 such as wet pubs.

Businesses need to be closed for the full 14-day periods

Eligible businesses are entitled to a grant covering the 2 Dec to 15 Dec 2020 and 16 Dec to 29 Dec 2020, which is the current period that Hambleton is in Tier 2.

The application for this grant will go live 18 Dec 2020.

LRSG Open (Tier 2)

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Businesses who were open during Tier 2 restrictions but whose trade suffered as a result - aimed at hospitality, hotels, bed and breakfast, and leisure businesses.

Eligible businesses are entitled to a grant covering the 2 Dec to 15 Dec 2020 and 16 Dec to 29 Dec 2020, which is the current period that Hambleton is in Tier 2. 

The application for this grant will go live 22 Dec 2020.

LRSG (Sector)

Apply here »

This specialist grant is only available to nightclubs, dance halls, casinos, discotheques and sexual entertainment venues that have had to close due to national restrictions imposed on 23 Mar 2020, and have not been able to re-open because of the restrictions. This grant is not retrospective, and eligible businesses are entitled to a grant covering the 1 Nov to 4 Nov 2020 and then from 2 Dec to 15 Dec 2020 and 16 Dec to 29 Dec 2020, which is the current period that Hambleton is in Tier 2.

Christmas Support Payment

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A one-off payment of £1000 for wet-led pubs in Tier 2 or 3 restrictions between 2 Dec to 29 Dec 2020. The application for this scheme went live 22 Dec 2020 and applications will close on 31 Jan 2021.
5 Nov to 2 Dec 2020- one LRSG scheme and one discretionary scheme
Name of grant Types of businesses that can apply Dates applicable

LRSG (Closed) Addendum

Apply here »

Businesses forced to close due to the national lockdown enforced from 5 Nov 2020. Eligible businesses are entitled to a grant that covers a fixed 28-day period from 5 Nov to 2 Dec 2020, where the application form is currently available.

ARG (Discretionary)

Apply here »

Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary) scheme to provide financial support to businesses unable to access the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum scheme and for business top up support to LRSG schemes whilst Hambleton is placed under National Lockdown or COVID Alert Level Tier 3 (Very High) restrictions anytime from 5 Nov 2020 until the end of the 2021/2022 financial year. The grant allocation is for the period 5 Nov to 2 Dec 2020.

Further Financial Support

Business rates relief

We are in the process of sending out updated bills for those businesses eligible for the new government reliefs. Please do not contact us about the reliefs; we will issue updated bills automatically if your business is eligible.

If you have a Direct Debit set up against a business rates account, which is eligible for full business rates relief, no payments will be taken for the 2020/21 financial year. You do not need to notify us to cancel your Direct Debit arrangement. 

If we do take a payment, and you think we shouldn’t have done, please let us know.

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

CBILS is a new scheme, announced by The Chancellor at Budget 2020, that can provide facilities of up to £5m for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cashflow. Find out more here:

Tax Helpline

HMRC Helpline for businesses concerned about paying their taxes due to coronavirus.

Additional Support Grants

You can find details of additional support grants for businesses here:

Other Government support

For information on the following please see the Government support for businesses page

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Deferring VAT and Income Tax Payments
  • Self-employment Income Support Scheme
  • Statutory Sick Pay Relief package for small and medium-sized businesses

Useful links

Businesses should check for daily updates at GOV.UK and subscribe to receive email alerts to ensure they are acting on the most up to date information​. 

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