Covid-19: Business grants and financial support

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Covid 19 Business Grants

You can now apply for a range of new business grants to support businesses impacted by local and national restrictions. Specifically, these grants are to support businesses legally forced to close, and those in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors (or supplying businesses in these sectors) that were severely impacted by local restrictions and/or national lockdowns.

To apply for support you need to use our online forms to provide information. We will use your information to calculate what level of grant you may be eligible for. The specific schemes are:

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant Closed
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant Open
  • Christmas Support Payment for Wet-Led Pubs
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant Sector
  • National Lockdown Grants (to be confirmed)

We have also ‘topped-up’ these schemes with funding through the ‘Additional Restrictions Grant’ (ARG) to extend the eligibility criteria. We do not plan to launch a separate application process for the ARG.

Businesses may be eligible for more than one type of grant. Our systems are designed to calculate the grants that each business is entitled to, based on the information provided to us.

Before applying for a grant, please ensure you have read the detailed eligibility criteria found here.

To receive a grant, you will first need to apply for support for the period 18th Sep - 2nd Dec 2020.

Apply for business support grant up to 2nd Dec 2020

You will then be given a reference number which you will need to apply for further funding from the 2nd Dec 2020 onwards (including support for those prevented from reopening following the national restrictions, grants for businesses required to close under Tier 4 restrictions, and grants for wet-led pubs).

Apply for business support grant for 2nd Dec 2020 onwards 

We plan to use this application form to also inform the award of the one-off national lockdown grants for the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors (ranging between £4,000 and £9,000 depending on the rateable value of your property). We are awaiting formal Guidance from Government concerning these final grants and will provide further detail in due course on this page. Depending on this new guidance we may need to get in touch with you after you have completed the form for additional information.

At this time, we are unfortunately unable to provide grants to every business, including those working from home, businesses without fixed premises costs, and businesses that have not been legally required to close outside of the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors and its supply chain. Please see below for advice on other sources of support that may be of use.

Citylife Business Support

Tailored advice to help SME’s to adapt to new challenges and safeguard jobs

Citylife Business Support is a new service for SME’s who have be adversely affected by COVID-19.

Funded though the £1.5 million Capacity Fund that was granted to Newcastle City Council by the North of Tyne Combined Authority, it is part of the city’s commitment to supporting businesses, voluntary and community organisations and unemployed residents who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19.  Read more here

Business rates relief

Those retail, hospitality and leisure businesses who pay business rates will also be able to benefit from a 12-month payment holiday this year. This process will be automated, and businesses do not need to contact the council

Further help and advice

To find out what support you may be able to access from Government through the Job Retention (Furlough) Scheme, Self Employment Income Support Scheme and other measures, visit the Government’s Coronavirus Business Support website.

We have a specialist team who can provide support for businesses during this difficult time.

Please email and our team will be in touch within two working days.  

We also continue to offer our usual support for businesses. Details of this can be found via our Business support in Newcastle page.

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