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Business grants eligibility criteria

Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary)

Eligibility Criteria

  1. This funding is available for business closures, where companies are not covered under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Scheme, but have significant fixed costs which are not related to employment*. 
  2. Businesses significantly affected** by business closures caused by national restrictions that came into force on the 5 November 2020. This grant will not be administered for periods of impact before these dates. 
  3. Businesses with a registered address in the Canterbury City Council area will be eligible for this scheme. The business will need to be trading*** within the Canterbury district. Where a business is registered in another council area (although has a presence in the Canterbury district) the council will take a discretionary view on a case-by-case basis.****
  4. The business must have been trading on 4 November 2020.
  5. Discretionary Grants will be paid subject to State Aid regulations, meaning the business needs to check that they comply with State Aid rules and inform the Local Authority accordingly prior to payment being made. If State Aid rules are breached the responsibility lies with the applicant and, in line with the legislations, the Council can take action to recover the funding. 
  6. Top Up grants for the Local Restriction Support Grant scheme will not be paid out to businesses except in exceptional circumstances where this is essential to support the wider local economy. Where businesses feel they fit this criteria, contact with the council will need to be made prior to an application being accepted. 

* Fixed Costs – any costs relating to the operation of the business that cannot be cancelled during this period. These could include property costs such as rent for non-rateable commercial premises, utilities, etc. Fixed costs do not include employee costs. 

** Significant Impact – A statement will be required from the company showing at least a 50% loss of revenue and evidence should be provided to support that statement.

***Trading – a business that even if not registered within the district on Companies House, has a presence in the area and is clearly trading from an address within the district. 

**** Market Traders – Market Traders will be paid by the Local Authority where their home address is. The location of the markets they attend will not be considered as part of this grant scheme apart from in exceptional circumstances.

Exclusions to the Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary) 

  • Businesses that are able to continue to trade and can operate their services effectively remotely. 
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant, unless they can demonstrate Significant Impact** through cancelled orders for products and services to closed businesses in the retail, hospitality, leisure or events sectors.
  • Businesses which 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. 
  • For the avoidance of doubt, businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Grant levels

Business can receive up to a maximum of £3,000 for any given property***** over a 28-day period. In exceptional circumstances a higher level of grant may be awarded at the discretion of the council and subject to the level of funds available at the time of applying. Significant additional amounts of evidence will need to be provided in order to be considered for a higher level of grant.

Grants will be awarded on a first come first served basis within the funding allocation limits of the scheme agreed by the Council. 

Indicative grant amounts will follow the Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme for the amounts paid.

  • RV of £15,000 or under - grants to be £1,334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
  • RV of between £15,001 and £51,000 -  grants to be £2,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
  • RV of £51,001 or over - grants to be £3,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period

Where a property does not have a rateable value or is part of a larger rateable value, rents paid, the size of the business and projected impact will be used to provide a professional judgement by officers on the level of grant that should be applied.  

Where the impact on businesses can be identified to be lower than £1,334, officers will have discretion to administer grants at a lower level to reflect the financial impact on income.

***** Property – a business that has more than one property will be eligible to submit an application for each actively trading property.

Appeals

An appeals process will be in place where a business disputes the decision made by the council. The appellant will need to email [email protected] requesting an appeal within one week of receiving a decision notification.

Appeals will need to include a statement providing additional information and supporting evidence. The application and appeal documents will be considered by the Director of Finance and Procurement who will make a final decision. The appellant will subsequently be notified of the outcome of their appeal. 

Queries

All enquiries about this grant funding and the policy should go to the Property and Regeneration Team