Covid-19 Financial Help for Community Facilities

The Government’s Business Lockdown Package

This is for the national lockdown which started on 5 January.  Community buildings, which are registered for Business Rates, are eligible even if they enjoy 100% relief and should apply to their Local Authority.  The package comprises:

a) Local Restrictions Support Grant: a grant of £2,001 (for a rateable value of £15,000 or under); plus

b) Closed Business Lockdown Payment: a one-off grant of £4,000 (for a rateable value of £15,000 or under).

Here is a link to Government guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-your-business-is-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-closed-businesses-lockdown-payment

Additional Restrictions Grant

This is grant funding to support closed businesses that do not directly pay business rates as well as businesses that do not have to close but have been affected by the pandemic.  This is a discretionary fund and could help community buildings which are not registered for Business Rates - for example, church halls.  Here is a link to Government guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-additional-restrictions-grant