Financial assistance for businesses (Covid-19)

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

The Christmas Support Payment is for wet-led pubs that have been required to close due to local restrictions and for pubs that derive less than 50% of their income from sales of food for all or part of the period between 2 and 29 December 2020.

Applications close Sunday 28 February 2021.


For the business to qualify as a pub it should under normal circumstances (without local or national restrictions):

  • ✅ Be open to the general public
  • ✅ Allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
  • ✅ Allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed
  • ✅ Permit drinks to be purchased at a bar


  • ✅ To be eligible for the grant the pub must derive less than 50% of its income from food sales, and you must have been the ratepayer on 1 December 2020.


  • ❌ Restaurants, cafés, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guest houses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos
  • ❌ Pubs that derive over 50% of their income from food sales will not be eligible to receive funding through this grant scheme
  • ❌ 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 will not be eligible to receive funding
  • ❌ Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made

How much is the grant and when will it be paid?

  • The grant is a flat rate of £1,000.
  • You must apply by the 28 February 2021.
  • If you are eligible to receive the grant we will pay you as soon as possible and no later than 31 March 2021.

How to apply

Apply for the Christmas Support Payment here »

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