Business Advice and Support Grants

For an overview of who is eligible for the different timescales please download our eligibility matrix (.pdf | 460kb)

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Local Restrictions Support Grant (for businesses able to stay open) LRSG(O) – Tier 2 period of 17 October to 4 November 2020

Open to applications, with updated guidance and expanded eligibility criteria. Applicants already awarded LRSG(O) for the period of 17 Oct to 4 Nov cannot re-apply.

Any appointment-based close contact businesses unsuccessful with an LRSG (Open) application submitted in 2020 will be reassessed against the new criteria and do not have to reapply.

Pro rata grants between £934 and £2,100 aimed at eligible:

  • Hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast and leisure businesses not legally required to close but which are severely impacted by the localised restrictions.
  • Now also eligible: Certain appointment based close contact businesses (including personal care)
    • Please note: Any appointment based close contact businesses unsuccessful in round 1 will be reconsidered and do not have to reapply.

For more information please download our LRSG(O) Guidance (.pdf | 350kb) to check your eligibility before completing the LRSG(O) Online Application (opens in a new window). In exceptional circumstances where an applicant does not have internet access, a postal application form can be requested from NEDDC Customer Services on 01246 231111.

Further enquiries about the scheme can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Council reserves the right to vary the terms of the scheme at any time, and without notice, should it be necessary to do so.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for businesses forced to close) LRSG(C) - Lockdown period of 5 November to 2 December 2020

Currently open to new applications. Applicants already awarded LRSG(C) for the period of 5 Nov to 2 Dec cannot re-apply.

From 5 November to 2 December 2020 the LRSG(C) will be paid to eligible businesses with rateable values who have been required to close under the national guidelines.

Who is eligible?

Grants are available for businesses that have a Business Rates account and were legally required to close on the 5 November 2020. These include businesses in the following sectors:

  • Hospitality settings, such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click and collect, drive through or delivery services
  • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites and guest houses. There are exceptions, such as those who use these venues as their main home, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training
  • Personal Care Services
  • Gyms
  • Indoor entertainment and tourist venues

Who isn’t eligible?

  • Those businesses that have not been legally required to close on 5 November 2020
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for this grant
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant.

Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State Aid permitted under the de-minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.

A single grant will be paid to each eligible business to cover the four-week national lockdown period. Grant amounts are fixed and rates are:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k and under: £1,334
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k: £2,000
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k and over: £3,000

We have written to those businesses that, according to our records, may qualify for this grant. However, we will need some information to enable us confirm eligibility, which will be collected through the LRSG(C) Online Application (opens in a new window).

Applications for this grant cannot be accepted after 31 March 2021

If you are unable to complete the form please contact one of our team who will be able to assist you on 01246 217114.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) for the period of 5 November to 2 December 2020

Open to applications, with updated guidance and expanded eligibility criteria. Applicants already awarded ARG for the period of 5 Nov to 2 Dec cannot re-apply.

Any personal services or taxi businesses unsuccessful with an ARG application submitted in 2020 will be reassessed against the new criteria and do not have to reapply.

As funding for this scheme is limited, the Council will be focusing on the following businesses for support with pro rata grants between £1,334 and £3,000 to cover the four-week national lockdown period:

  • Businesses required to close that are unable to trade but do not have a rateable value
    • non-essential retail businesses
    • hospitality, accommodation and leisure (including entertainment) businesses
    • events sector businesses
    • personal services
  • Businesses required to close that are able to trade by providing an alternative service instead
  • Businesses only open to those who have to travel for work purposes (and for a limited number of other exemptions which will be set out in law)
  • Businesses not required to close, but that are severely affected as a result of customer businesses being required to close including:
    • supply chain for retail, hospitality and leisure sectors
    • Now also eligible: taxi businesses with a registered trading address in NED District
  • Now also eligible: Tenant Landlords of Pub businesses who are not responsible for business rates on the premises.
  • Parish Councils which meet the scheme criteria (the precepting authority exclusion does not apply to this fund).

For more information please download our ARG Guidance (.pdf | 400kb) to check your eligibility before completing the ARG Online Application (opens in a new window. In exceptional circumstances where an applicant does not have internet access, a postal application form can be requested from NEDDC Customer Services on 01246 231111.

Please note, the Government has updated its link to the list of closed businesses on Gov.uk stated in the NEDDC ARG guidance and application forms and it now links to a different topic. Please view the downloadable list of closed businesses for 05 November to 02 December 2020 (.pdf | 200kb)

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The Council reserves the right to vary the terms of the scheme at any time, and without notice, should it be necessary to do so.

The Council is also working through the ARG to establish additional business advice and online support seminars over the next year, so please continue to check this website for any forthcoming opportunities.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for businesses able to stay open) LRSG(O)2 – Tier 3 period of 2 December to 30 December 2020

Open to new applications with updated guidance and expanded eligibility criteria.

Applicants who have applied for an LRSG(O) grant will automatically be considered for the Tier 3 period of 2 Dec to 30 Dec 2020 and therefore do not need to re-apply to the LRSG(O)2. If successful, grants will be paid directly to nominated accounts.  

Please note that funding is extremely limited and new applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Pro rata grants between £467 and £1,050 per 14-day qualifying period aimed at eligible businesses not legally required to close but which are severely impacted by the localised restrictions:

  • Leisure and sports facilities
  • Certain appointment-based close contact businesses (including personal care)
  • Must have a rateable value over £15,000

For more information please download our LRSG(O)2 Guidance (.pdf | 427kb) to check your eligibility before completing the LRSG(O)2 Online Application (opens in a new window). In exceptional circumstances where an applicant does not have internet access, a postal application form can be requested from NEDDC Customer Services on 01246 231111.

Further enquiries about the scheme can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Council reserves the right to vary the terms of the scheme at any time, and without notice, should it be necessary to do so.

LRSGC2: Tier 3 restrictions commencing on 2 December to 30 December 2020

Open to new applications.

Applicants who have been successful in applying for an LRSG(C) application for the National Lockdown period 5 Nov to 2 December 2020 will automatically be paid a grant for the Tier 3 period of 2 Dec to 30 Dec 2020 so do not need to re-apply to the LRSG(C)2.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) is a scheme to support businesses that have been legally required to close as a result of Local Tier 3 restrictions commencing on 2 December 2020. This scheme will be administered in line with Government requirements.

Check if you're eligible for the coronavirus Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses)

Who is eligible?

Grants are available for businesses that have a Business Rates account and were legally required to close on the 2 December 2020. These include businesses in the following sectors:

  • Hospitality settings, such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click and collect, drive through or delivery services
  • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites and guest houses. There are exceptions, such as those who use these venues as their main home, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training
  • Indoor entertainment and tourist venues

Who isn’t eligible?

  • Those businesses that have not been legally required to close on 2 December 2020
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme for the purposes of this grant
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State Aid permitted under the de-minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.

Grant amount

  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £667 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £1,000 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the local restrictions, will receive £1,500 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.

How do I apply?

If you are a business that applied for a grant for the period of the National Lockdown (5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020) and you also qualify for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) whilst North East Derbyshire is in Tier 3, we will make an automatic payment as we already hold your details.

If your business has been closed, due to COVID19 restrictions, since the 5 November 2020 and you have not already applied for a Local Restrictions Support Grant from the 5 November 2020 you can apply by submitting our application form (opens in a new window).

Applications for this grant cannot be accepted after 31 March 2021

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs – for the period 2 December to 29 December 2020

Applications are being accepted until 31st January 2021.

The Christmas support payment is a government grant for ‘wet-led’ pubs. Information is available on the Government's website (opens in a new window).

The grant is for pubs that mainly serve alcohol rather than provide food in recognition that they have been severely impacted over the festive season due to temporary local restrictions.

Eligible businesses may be entitled to a one-off lump sum of £1,000 which covers the period 2 December 2020 to 29 December 2020.

Eligibility

To qualify, your pub must:

  • Derive less than 50% of your sales from food (you will be asked to provide evidence of this as part of the application process).
  • Are in an area subject to Tier 2 or Tier 3 local restrictions since 2 December 2020
  • Were established in the pub before 1 December 2020
  • Not exceed state aid limits (see below)
  • Not be in administration, insolvent or have a striking-off notice issued against it

Businesses excluded from the fund

You cannot get funding if your business:

  • Has exceeded the permitted State Aid threshold
  • Is in administration, insolvent or has been struck off the Companies House register
  • Restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos are not eligible for this grant

How do I claim?

You can claim for the Christmas Support grant online.

Applications for the Christmas Support Payment will only be accepted until Sunday 31 January 2021. After this date no further applications will be accepted.

ARG2: Tier 3 period of 2 December to 30 December 2020

Open to new applications with updated guidance and expanded eligibility criteria.

Applicants who have applied for an ARG grant for the period of 5 Nov to 2 Dec will automatically be considered for the Tier 3 period of 2 Dec to 30 Dec 2020 and therefore do not need to re-apply to the ARG2. If successful, grants will be paid directly to nominated accounts.  

As funding for this scheme is limited, the Council will be focusing on the following businesses for support with pro rata grants between £1,334 and £3,000 for the Tier 3 period:

  • Businesses required to close that are unable to trade but do not have a rateable value
    • Hospitality and accommodation businesses
    • entertainment businesses
    • events sector businesses
  • Businesses required to close that are able to trade by providing an alternative service instead
  • Businesses only open to those who have to travel for work purposes (and for a limited number of other exemptions which will be set out in law)
  • Businesses not required to close, but that are severely affected as a result of customer businesses being required to close including:
    • supply chain for hospitality, accommodation, entertainment and events sectors
    • taxi businesses with a registered trading address in NED District
  • Tenant Landlords of Pub businesses who are not responsible for business rates on the premises.
  • Parish Councils which meet the scheme criteria (the precepting authority exclusion does not apply to this fund).

Please note that non-essential retail, personal services and leisure and sports facility businesses are ineligible as they could open in the Tier 3 period.

For more information please download our ARG2 Guidance (.pdf | 458kb) to check your eligibility before completing the ARG2 Online Application (opens in a new window). In exceptional circumstances where an applicant does not have internet access, a postal application form can be requested from NEDDC Customer Services on 01246 231111.

Further enquiries about the scheme can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Council reserves the right to vary the terms of the scheme at any time, and without notice, should it be necessary to do so.

LRSGC3: Tier 4 period 31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021, and National Lockdown 5 January 2021 onwards

Open to new applications.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) is a scheme to support businesses that have been legally required to close as a result of Local Tier 4 restrictions commencing on 31 December 2020 and continuing with the National Lockdown from 5 January 2021. This scheme will be administered in line with Government requirements.

Check if you're eligible for the coronavirus Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses)

Who is eligible?

Grants are available for businesses that have a Business Rates account and were legally required to close from 31 December 2020. These include businesses in the following sectors:

  • Hospitality settings, such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click and collect, drive through or delivery services
  • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites and guest houses. There are exceptions, such as those who use these venues as their main home, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training
  • Personal Care Services
  • Gyms
  • Indoor entertainment and tourist venues

Who isn’t eligible?

  • Those businesses that have not been legally required to close on 31 December 2020
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme for the purposes of this grant
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de-minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.

Grant amount

  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £667 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £1,000 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the local restrictions, will receive £1,500 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.

How do I apply?

If you are a business that applied for a grant for the period of the National Lockdown (5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020) and you also qualify for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) whilst North East Derbyshire is in Tier 4 and the National Lockdown from 5 January, we will make an automatic payment as we already hold your details.

If your business has been closed, due to COVID19 restrictions, since the 5 November 2020 and you have not already applied for a Local Restrictions Support Grant from the 5 November 2020 you can apply by submitting our application form (opens in a new window).

Applications for this grant cannot be accepted after 31 March 2021

ARG3: Tier 4 period 31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021, and National Lockdown 5 January 2021 onwards

Open to new applications with updated guidance and expanded eligibility criteria.

Applicants who have applied for an ARG grant (for the period of 5 Nov to 2 Dec) or ARG2 grant (for the period of 02 Dec to 30 Dec) will automatically be considered for the Tier 4 period of 31 Dec to 04 Jan and National Lockdown Period of 5 Jan onwards and therefore do not need to re-apply to the ARG3. If successful, grants will be paid directly to nominated accounts.  

As funding for this scheme is limited, the Council will be focusing on the following businesses for support with pro rata grants between £667 and £1,500 per 14-day qualifying period:

  • Businesses required to close that are unable to trade but do not have a rateable value
    • non-essential retail businesses
    • hospitality, accommodation and leisure businesses
    • events sector businesses
    • personal services
  • Businesses required to close that are able to trade by providing an alternative service instead
  • Businesses only open to those who have to travel for work purposes (and for a limited number of other exemptions which will be set out in law)
  • Businesses not required to close, but that are severely affected as a result of customer businesses being required to close including:
    • supply chain for retail, hospitality and leisure (including gyms) sectors
    • taxi businesses with a registered trading address in NED District
  • Tenant Landlords of Pub businesses who are not responsible for business rates on the premises.
  • Parish Councils which meet the scheme criteria (the precepting authority exclusion does not apply to this fund).

For more information please download our ARG3 Guidance (.pdf | 459kb) to check your eligibility before completing the ARG3 Online Application (opens in a new window). In exceptional circumstances where an applicant does not have internet access, a postal application form can be requested from NEDDC Customer Services on 01246 231111.

Further enquiries about the scheme can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Council reserves the right to vary the terms of the scheme at any time, and without notice, should it be necessary to do so.

One-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

As part of the package of support available to businesses under the national lock down restrictions imposed on 5 January 2021, the chancellor has announced a one off grant payment of up to £9,000 for businesses required to close.

Businesses who are eligible for support under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed businesses) for the national lockdown from 5 January 2021 – 15 February 2021, will also receive the following payment:

Rateable Value                                                   Grant Amount Payable

Under £15,000                                                           £4,000

£15,001 - £50,999                                                      £6,000

£51,000 and over                                                       £9,000

How to apply

The one off grant payment will be automatically paid to eligible businesses as part of any Local Restrictions Support Grant application.

If you have already been paid a grant, and you are eligible, a further payment will be made to you for this scheme automatically. You do not need to submit a new application.

Forthcoming Discretionary Scheme, details TBC

This will be a discretionary fund made available to support other impacted businesses.

Details are awaited from Government and will be publicised in due course.

Make your workplace COVID secure

Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic has been published on the government's website (external link).

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue service have put together some information to help businesses with fire safety checks when retiring and re-opening their premises. Please view the fire safety information booklet (.pdf | 395kb).

Useful links for businesses