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COVID-19 Business Grants

Financial support for businesses that are legally required to close

LRSG (Closed)

This provided financial support up to the 31st of March 2021 for businesses which were legally mandated to close under National and Local Restrictions. However, this grant scheme was closed by Central Government on the 31st of May 2021. 

1st April 2021 onwards: 'Restart Grants'

The Government announced further financial support for businesses from April 2021 to help them to re-open safely. These non-repayable grants are entitled 'restart grants' and replace the previous Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) schemes.  

Non-essential retail premises (such as shops) that are rated for Business Rates can receive a one-off payment of up to £6,000 as described below. 

  • Business with a Rateable Value of £15k or under as at the 1st of April 2021 will receive a one-off payment of £2,667. 
  • Business with a Rateable Value between £15K and £51K as at the 1st of April 2021 will receive a one-off payment of £4,000. 
  • Business with a Rateable Value of £51K or over as at the 1st of April 2021 will receive a one-off payment of £6,000.  

Hospitality (such as pubs and restaurants), Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care (such as hairdressers and beauticians) and Gym business premises that are rated for Business Rates can receive a one-off payment of up to £18,000 as described below. 

  • Business with a Rateable Value of £15k or under as at the 1st of April 2021 will receive a one-off payment of £8,000. 
  • Business with a Rateable Value between £15K and £51K as at the 1st of April 2021 will receive a one-off payment of £12,000. 
  • Business with a Rateable Value of £51K or over as at the 1st of April 2021 will receive a one-off payment of £18,000. 

The restart grant schemes were closed by Central Government on the 30th June 2021. St Albans City and District Council have paid out £6.2M to 740 Local Businesses. If you have applied for a Restart Grant and have yet to receive payment we may be waiting for further information from you, such as bank statements or a State Aid declaration. Please check your e-mails for any outstanding correspondence. 

Discretionary Support Grants - Local Restrictions (Open) Support and Additional Restrictions Grant (Round 1) schemes 

These schemes are now closed. St Albans City and District Council have received over 1,500 applications for Discretionary Support and have paid out £4.28M to 848 Local Businesses. 

Businesses that have been awarded support should have received funding up to the 31st of March 2021. 

Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme - 'Round 2' 

As part of our continuing response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, St Albans is operating a further Discretionary Grant scheme to support local businesses for the period from 1st of April 2021 to the 18th of July 2021, this being the date when the majority of national restrictions were brought to an end. 

This grant scheme is now closed whilst we review and assessed all applications made prior to the 1st of September 2021. Whether further discretionary support will be available will depend on demand and spend. Please keep checking this page for updates.

'Christmas Support Payment' for 'Wet Led' Public Houses

Pubs which predominately serve alcohol rather than provide food were entitled to a one-off payment of £1,000 for December 2020. This payment is in addition to other support schemes or grants. The application process for this closed on 28th February 2021.

Fraud prevention

Please note - we have been made aware of a number of 'scams' in circulation relating to grants and other financial support. Please be careful if you receive a phone call or an e-mail requesting bank details or asking for other personal information. If you believe someone has claimed or received a grant they are not entitled to, please e-mail as much detail as possible to fraud@stalbans.gov.uk