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Christmas support grant for 'wet-led' pubs

The government has announced a one-off grant payment of £1,000 to help ‘wet-led’ pubs during the Christmas period (Wednesday 2 December to Tuesday 29 December 2020). You must apply by Sunday 31 January.

A pub will be eligible for a grant payment if:

  • less than 50% of its income is from the sale of food, and
  • it's in an area under Tier 2 or Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions; following the tier reviews on Wednesday 2 and Wednesday 16 December 2020

To apply for this grant, you must have been the ratepayer for the property on Tuesday 1 December 2020.

For the purpose of these grants, pubs can be described as those businesses that under normal circumstances without local or national restrictions:

  • are open to the general public
  • allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
  • allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed, and
  • allow drinks to be purchased at a bar.

This does not include:

  • restaurants
  • cafes
  • nightclubs
  • hotels
  • snack bars
  • guesthouses
  • boarding houses
  • sporting venues
  • music venues
  • festival sites
  • theatres
  • museums
  • exhibition halls
  • cinemas
  • concert halls
  • casinos

Apply for the Christmas Support Grant for wet-led pubs

State aid

European Union laws restrict the amount of state funding businesses can receive. This includes government grants, loans and tax reductions. These grants will count towards your state aid allocation.

Whilst the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020, there is a transition period while the UK and the EU negotiate additional arrangements. The EU state aid rules continue to apply during the current transition period.

For businesses eligible for one of these grants, the state aid limit is:

  • EUR 200,000 received over a three-year period which covers the current financial year, running from April 2020 to March 2021, and the two preceding financial years, plus
  • EUR 800,000 received over the period March 2020 to December 2020.

Find out more about state aid at GOV.UK