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Rate paying businesses legally required to close

Find out about the financial support available for businesses in Torbay during the national lockdown.

There are grants available for businesses that have been required to close due to or have been affected by, national or local lockdown restrictions.

These grants remain available all of the time that Torbay is affected by national restrictions and Tiers 2, 3 and 4 restrictions.

There are currently grants available covering the periods:

Please note that due to annual billing the grants application form will be offline from 8 to 12 March, sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Current grants and payment statuses (as of 1 March)
Period Payment status
National/Local Lockdowns: 5 November to 15 February

Open for applications until 31 March 2021

January Lockdown Grants: One off payment of £4k to £9k

Open for applications until 31 March 2021

National Lockdown: 16 February to 31 March 2021

Open for applications until 31 May 2021

Support from 1st April 2021

To be announced following the Governments budget which takes place on 3 March 2021

If you have previously applied for one of the above grants since November, you do not need to reapply.  Recurring or additional payments will be automatically made to applicants.

We are focussed on paying the grants as quickly as possible.

The latest grant scheme is fundamentally different in terms of administration as businesses qualify for different levels of support, paid from different grants based on the length of time they are impacted by COVID-19. We will process your grant according to this detailed criteria.

Making an application

Where applicable, businesses will need to provide the following evidence:

  • Business address
  • A copy of the business' bank statements from 1 October to 31 October
  • Rate paying businesses legally required to close
  • Business rates account number
  • Company number - as registered with Companies House
  • VAT registration number
  • Unique Taxpayers Reference (UTR) Number

Please note you can find your business rates account number on your business rates bill. If you have previously been awarded a business grant your account number is on your award email.

For other ways to find your account number please visit our business rates page.

Copies of paper bills may take up to 7 days to receive.

Rate paying businesses required to legally close, are eligible for a business grant depending on their Rateable Value. The grant values are as follows:

  • rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under will receive £1,334 per 28 days
  • rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive £2,000 per 28 days
  • rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above will receive £3,000 per 28 days

This scheme known as 'Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)' is funded by the Government on a rolling programme for all the time there are National or Local restrictions requiring closures.

Your business will receive these grant amounts whilst your business is closed. If as a result of changes to tiers, you are legally allowed to reopen the grant values will change for the periods you are allowed to open. The grant amounts will change to the payment and you will be paid at the levels in the scheme for businesses not legally required to close.

One-off January Grant

  • rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under will receive £4,000
  • rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive £6,000
  • rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above will receive £9,000

In addition to the above, rate-paying businesses that had to close and operate within the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will also receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000. You do not need to re-apply for this grant it will be paid automatically.

Apply for a business grant

Do state aid rules apply?

The Local Restrictions Support Grant counts towards state aid. The rules are fully explained in the government state aid guidance. By accepting this grant you must confirm that you are not in breach of these rules.

Our policy

Read the policy for the awards of discretionary grants during the Local Covid Alert Level Tier System and national lockdown.

For information on the other grants available through us to help mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 visit the advice and support for businesses page.

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