This is a fund to provide financial assistance to businesses that are facing operational and financial challenges caused by the national lockdown announced for Wales as a result of COVID-19.

The purpose of the fund is to support businesses with cash flow to help them survive the economic consequences of the restrictions put in place.

The grants will be open to applications from the 28th October and will close at 5pm on the 20th November or when the fund is fully committed.

The fund consists of two separate grants:

Lockdown Non Domestic Rate Grant

This grant is available to businesses liable for paying business rates.

Grant 1

A grant of £5,000 is being made available for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses that have been forced to close (as defined by the regulations) and occupy properties with a rateable value of between £12,001 and £51,000.

In line with the regulations, the primary operation of the business at the qualifying hereditament must be closed during the firebreak period to be eligible for this element of support. However if a food delivery or takeaway service is in operation (and is not the normal primary income source for the business) and aligns fully to the reasonable measures required you may apply for the £5k grant. Businesses should read the relevant regulations and make their own judgment before applying based on the regulation and broader support offer.

Grant 2

A grant of £1,000 is being made available to all businesses eligible for small business rates relief (SBRR) in Wales with a rateable value of up to £12,000.

Dependent on meeting the eligibility criteria, Grant 2 applicants can also apply for the following top-up grants.

  • Businesses eligible for small business rates relief that have been subject to local restrictions for 3 weeks or more and have been materially impacted (more than a 50% reduction in turnover) up to the 23rd October will be eligible for a further grant of £1,000
  • and Businesses eligible for small business rates relief that have been forced to close (as defined by the regulations) as a result of the national firebreak lockdown will also be eligible for a further top up grant of £2,000 from the Council.

You are not eligible for this grant if:

  • You are eligible for, or have received, the Lockdown Discretionary Grant from the Council

Please note: Both Grants 1 and 2 will only be available to properties/ratepayers that were shown as liable for Non-Domestic Rates on Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's records on 1st September 2020.  If the property/ratepayer is not on our records on that date but is subsequently made liable for Non-Domestic Rates from 1st September 2020 or before, it will be at the discretion of the council as to whether the business should be eligible for a grant. This could happen if a business has failed to notify the council that they had occupied their premises. Payment of the grant is also subject to funding being available

For further information on this grant please read the Lockdown Non Domestic Rate Grant Guidance Document.

APPLICATION FOR THE LOCKDOWN NON DOMESTIC RATE GRANT IS NOW CLOSED!

 

Lockdown Discretionary Grant

Grant amount 1 - a discretionary grant of £1,500 is available to assist businesses that have:

  • Been forced to close (as defined by the regulations) as a result of the national firebreak lockdown
  • OR are able to demonstrate that the national firebreak lockdown will result in at least an 80% reduction in their turnover for that period

Grant amount 2 - a discretionary grant of £2,000 is available to assist businesses that have:

  • Been forced to close (as defined by the regulations) as a result of the national firebreak lockdown
  • OR are able to demonstrate that the national firebreak lockdown will result in at least a 80% reduction in their turnover for that period
  • AND have been subject to local restrictions for 3 weeks or more up to the 23rd October and experienced at least a 50% reduction in their turnover for that period.

You cannot apply for Grant 1 and Grant 2.

You are not eligible for this grant if:

  • You are eligible for, or have received, the Lockdown Non-Domestic Rate Grant from the Council
  • If you have 50 or more employees
  • If the business generates less than 50% of your income. The business must be your main source of income

For further information on this grant please read the Lockdown Discretionary Grant Guidance Document

Apply for Lockdown Discretionary grant online

Applications for ALL grants will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. This may lead to applications not being appraised after they have been submitted if the fund is fully committed.

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