The Welsh Government has launched the Restrictions Business Fund to support businesses (principally in the hospitality, tourism, leisure and non-essential retail sectors) with cash flow support and to help them survive the economic consequences of the additional restrictions put in place to control the spread of Covid-19 starting on Friday 4th December 2020. The grant seeks to complement other Covid-19 response measures to support businesses, social enterprises and charitable organisations in Wales.
Please note that if you are a hospitality OR non essential retail business that successfully applied for a Non Domestic Rate Firebreak Grant during October/November you will have automatically been paid and DO NOT NEED to make an application to this grant fund.
The fund consists of two separate grants:
A £3,000 cash grant payment for hospitality businesses with Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) qualifying hereditaments with rateable value £12,000 or less.
A £5,000 cash grant payment for hospitality businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value between £12,001 and £51,000.
A £5,000 cash grant payment for hospitality businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value between £51,001 and £150,000.
These grants will also be available to supply chains to hospitality, tourism and leisure businesses / hospitality, tourism and leisure not-for-profit organisations and retail businesses with qualifying properties that can evidence (on a self-declared basis) greater than 40% reduction in turnover as a direct result of new restrictions.
Those businesses will be asked to self-declare whether they have experienced a 40% reduction in turnover for December 2020 as compared to December 2019. If the business was not trading in December 2019, the comparison in turnover should be for the monthly turnover for December 2020 vs September 2020. The turnover reduction must be as a direct result of the new restrictions introduced on and since 4th December.
Eligible hospitality and non-essential retail businesses and not-for profit organisations do not need to make any form of self-declaration in respect of their turnover.
The applicant’s hereditament must have been on the NDR rating list as of the 1st September 2020 and the ratepayer needs to have been in occupation of the property as of the 30th November 2020.
Please only compete this application form if you are liable for paying business rates to your local authority.
For further information please read the Restrictions Business Fund NDR Grant Guidance Document
Apply for the Restrictions Business Fund Non Domestic Rate Grant
A discretionary grant of £2,000 is available to assist those businesses and sole traders that are NOT registered to pay Non Domestic Rates and that have:
- Been forced or required to close as a result of the national restrictions put in place during December 2020
- OR estimate that the latest restrictions put in place will result in at least a 40% reduction in their turnover for December 2020 as compared to December 2019 (or September 2020 turnover if not trading in December 2019)
The discretionary grant is not restricted to hospitality, leisure or tourism businesses.
For further information please read the Restrictions Business Fund Discretionary Grant Guidance Document
Apply for the Restrictions Business Fund Discretionary Grant
Businesses CANNOT apply for BOTH the NDR grant and the Discretionary Grant and businesses should be aware that ALL applications made to the wrong grant scheme will be refused and you will be required to make another application to the correct grant fund. Therefore, it is imperative that you read the details on the application form and guidance carefully.
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