Applications are now open for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum scheme, which applies from 26 December 2020.

This scheme supports retail, hospitality and leisure businesses which were legally mandated to close and are subject to paying National Non-Domestic Rates.

On Monday 4 January, the Prime Minister announced that the country would enter a third national lockdown. In response the Chancellor has announced an additional package of lockdown grants. This will support the retail, leisure and hospitality sector and businesses who must close under the current Covid restrictions.

The grant will be a one-off payment of up to £9,000. This amount is dependent on the rateable value the business premises: 

 Rateable value of the businessPayment amount
 £15,000 or under£4,000
 Between £15,000 and £51,000£6,000 
 Above £51,000£9,000 

We will advise further on the detail of the new scheme and when businesses can start applying for the grant once we receive the guidance from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). We have been advised by BEIS that all councils will receive them by next week.

We are aware that some businesses that are mandated to close and have no non-domestic rating assessment will be impacted such as B&B’s, businesses operating in shared spaces and home based businesses offering ‘in person’ services which cannot be provided remotely. Details of the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme and how to apply will be published as soon as possible.

Eastbourne Borough Council and Lewes District Council understand the impact that COVID-19 is continuing to have on our business community. This is a priority for us, and we are working hard to support you during these circumstances.  

This section outlines:

  • The range of measures Government has made available to support businesses and the self-employed cope with the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak
  • How we can help you meet Government guidelines and keep employees and customers safe
  • Local business support organisations

For further guidance on coronavirus support for businesses, visit the government’s Business Support website.

If you would like help navigating the range of measures including eligibility, contact Business East Sussex, a free and impartial government funded business support service. 

More information can be found on the Business East Sussex website.