Richmondshire District Council

Restart Grant application information

Richmondshire District Council are administering the Restart Grant for business in our district area on behalf of the government.

On 3 March 2021, Government announced the introduction of grant support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England.

The Restart Grant scheme is for businesses on the ratings list only.

This form will take up to 30 minutes to complete please ensure you have everything you need prior to starting your application. A checklist is attached to assist you in this. Restart grant checklist

This support will take the form of a one-off grant funding scheme in Financial Year 2021-2022. The scheme is called the Restart Grant (RG) and is administered by business rate billing authorities in England.

Under the Restart Grant scheme, Local Authorities will receive funding to be allocated in one-off grants to businesses. Grants of up to £6,000 will be paid to non-essential retail business premises, to help them reopen safely. Grants of up to £18,000 will be allocated to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises, which may open later under plans set out in the roadmap and will be more impacted by restrictions when they do reopen. The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses that are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public.


Strand One: up to £6,000 per hereditament

A non-essential retail business can be defined as a business that is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services by the public, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public. Businesses eligible for a grant under this threshold include:

  • Businesses offering in-person non-essential retail to the general public.
  • Businesses that were likely to have been required to cease their retail operation in the January 2021 lockdown.
  • Businesses that had retail services restricted during January lockdown.
  • Businesses that sell directly to consumers
  • The types of Non-essential retail business that are eligible include:

    Antiques stores, Auction rooms, Betting offices, Bookshops, Car and caravan sales, display and hiring sites, Car auctions, Car showrooms, Car supermarkets, Car washes (standalone), Carpet stores, Charity shops, Clothes shops, Department stores, Electronic goods and mobile phone shops, Florists, Furniture shops, Homeware shops, Markets, Plant nurseries, Sale kiosks, Sales offices, Showrooms, such as kitchen, bathrooms, tile and glazing, Sofa shops, Tobacco and vape shops, Travel agents.

    Restart Grant support scheme

    The Restart Grant will support non-essential retail premises with one-off grants of up to £6,000 in Strand One of the Restart Grant. The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.

  • Strand Two: up to £18,000 per hereditament

    The Restart Grant will also support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises with one-off grants of up to £18,000 in Strand Two of the Restart Grant

  • A hospitality business can be defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.
  • A leisure business can be defined as a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out.
  • An accommodation business can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes
  • A gym & sport business can be defined as a commercial or non-profit establishment where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis, using exercise equipment or open floor space with or without instruction, or where individual and group sporting, athletic and physical activities are participated in competitively or recreationally
  • A personal care business can be defined as a business which provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing.
  • The Restart Grant following thresholds apply for these businesses:

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000.
  • Eligibility criteria

    Your business may be eligible for the Restart Grant if it:

  • Has been forced to close from 5 January 2021 onwards because of the National Lockdown Restrictions.
  • Please note that businesses that have been required to close but are operating a take-away or click-and-collect service may also be eligible.

  • Occupies property in the Richmondshire District Council area on which it is registered for business rates (prior to 1 April 2021)
  • This funding is available for businesses that have a business property that has a rateable value as determined by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA).
  • The business must have been actively trading on and before the 1 April 2021
  • The EU State aid rules no longer apply to subsidies granted in the UK following the end of the transition period, which ended on 31 December 2020. This does not impact the limited circumstances in which State aid rules still apply under the Withdrawal Agreement, specifically Article 10 of the Northern Ireland Protocol. The United Kingdom remains bound by its international commitments, including subsidy obligations set out in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) with the EU. BEIS Guidance for public authorities explaining the subsidies chapter of the TCA, World Trade Organisation rules on subsidies, and other international commitments can be found on the GOV.UK website.
    Information outlining the full eligibility criteria can be found on the Government website.

    Any changes to the rating list after the first day that the restrictions came into force will be ignored for the purpose of eligibility.

    Businesses must have been trading the day before local restrictions that came into force to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme. Where local restrictions and national 'lockdown' measures, required the extended closure of eligible businesses, it is accepted that those businesses are still trading.

    If a business is required to close its main, in-person service but adapts its business to operate takeaway, click and collect or online with delivery services, it will be considered closed and be eligible to receive grants under this scheme because its substantive business must close.

    Businesses that can continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors) will not be eligible for this grant.


    Businesses that have chosen to close but have not been required to close will not be eligible for this grant.

    This grant scheme is fully funded and defined by central government and the funds will be administered by Richmondshire District Council in accordance with the guidance issued by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

    Please read the Richmondshire District Council restart grant scheme.

    Before you start to complete this grant application, please have to hand your:

  • Business rate account number (this can be found on your business rate bill)
  • Rateable value of the property (this can be found on your business rate bill)
  • Name on business bank account
  • Business bank account number
  • Business bank sort code
  • Business VAT registered number - where applicable
  • Business company registration number - where applicable
  • Utility bill for the business
  • Full bank statement for the business
  • Fields with an asterisk (*) are mandatory answers that need to be complete so that you are able to submit the form.

    If you are liable for business rates on 1 April 2021 (or have become so subsequently) but have not informed the council of this, you should supply your details by sending an email to local.taxation@richmondshire.gov.uk so that we can create your business rate account number.

    Who will receive the funding?

    The company or sole trader / partnership who will receive the grant must have been trading the day before restrictions came into force i.e. on the 1st April 2021.

    Rate relief shall not be awarded in any circumstances where it appears that an award will result in the ratepayer receiving subsidy allowance state aid that is above the current levels outlined below:

    Subsidy allowance

    This scheme is covered by 3 subsidy allowances:

  • Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance – you are allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of 3 years
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance – you are allowed up to £1,600,000
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance - if you have reached your limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £9,000,000, provided certain conditions are met
  • Grants under these 3 allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £10,935,000 (subject to exchange rates).

    Further details can be found on the GOV.Uk website.

    Please note - The government and local authority will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud - and any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.

    The application closure date for this scheme is 30 June 2021 and final payments will be made by 31 July 2021.


    What happens next:

    If the criteria have been met, payment will be made to the bank account that you have provided on this form.

    Please note Richmondshire District Council is required to follow this guidance and conduct activity to provide assurance that the grants have been paid out in line with the eligibility and Subsidy Allowance conditions for this scheme. We must continue to ensure the safe administration of government grants and that appropriate measures are put in place, pre-award, to mitigate against the increased risks of both fraud and payment error. In this respect, we will supplement existing controls with digital tools to support efficient, appropriate and accurate grants awards. The Government has provided councils with access to their anti-fraud tools such as Spotlight and National Fraud Initiative (NFI) to support the administration of Covid-19 emergency grants.


    What you will need to provide:

  • Your contact details
  • Business details (including business rate / council tax account number and rateable value of your property)
  • Business bank details (including VAT and Company Registration Number if applicable)
  • Proof the business was trading on the 1 April 2021 (for example - receipts, invoices)
  • Utility bill for the business
  • Full bank statement for the business

  • Your privacy

    The information you provide on this application form will be used to facilitate your business Restart grant application request. The information will only be disclosed to individuals in the Council who require it to complete your request. Please be aware that your information may be passed to the Council’s Counter Fraud Service and/or the Police if we suspect any fraudulent activity. We are also required to refer claim information to HMRC / Government for checking for potentially fraudulent activity. For more information about how we use your personal data please see the Council’s Privacy Notice on its website.

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