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December 2020 Restrictions Business Fund: Non Domestic Rate Grant

The Welsh Government has launched the Restrictions Business Fund to support businesses that have been directly impacted by the additional restrictions put in place on 4 December to control the spread of Covid-19.

Two elements of this fund are operated by local councils:

Businesses/organisations can be awarded one or other of these grants, not both.

Non-Domestic Rates (NDR) related grants

The schemes introduced in December 2020 are more targeted in nature to provide direct support principally to hospitality businesses. The grants will also support supply chain businesses linked to the hospitality sectors and some retail businesses that can demonstrate a material impact to their enterprises as a direct result of the additional restrictions.

To be eligible for an NDR related grant, the premises occupied by the ratepayer must have been on the NDR rating list as of the 1 September 2020 and the ratepayer needs to have been in occupation of the property as of the 30 November 2020.

The NDR linked grant schemes being introduced by the Welsh Ministers for the December 2020 to January 2021 restrictions period are:

i) Grant A:   £3,000

  • For hospitality businesses eligible for Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) AND
  • For ratepayers eligible for charitable relief and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) relief, operating in the leisure or hospitality sectors and occupying properties with an Rateable Value of up to £12,000 AND  
  • The Council has the discretion to pay grants to not-for-profit bodies it considers are operating for charitable purposes but aren't currently receiving charitable relief or CASC relief if 
    • they are in receipt of or have entitlement to discretionary rates relief and
    • operate in the leisure or hospitality sectors.
  • Hospitality, tourism and leisure businesses, hospitality tourism and leisure supply chain businesses (e.g. suppliers of the food a restaurant cooks and sells) and retail businesses that 
    • occupy premises with a Rateable Value of £12,000 or less AND
    • experience a greater than 40% reduction in turnover for December 2020 compared to December 2019 as a direct result of the additional restrictions. For businesses that had not yet started trading in December 2019, the 40% reduction in turnover for December 2020 should be compared to their monthly turnover for September 2020.

The same ratepayer may only receive Grant A for a maximum of two properties in each local authority area.

ii) Grant B: £5,000

  • For hospitality, tourism and leisure businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value between £12,001 and £51,000.
  • For not-for-profit organisations occupying eligible hospitality and leisure properties with a rateable value between £12,001 and £51,000.
  • Hospitality, tourism and leisure businesses, hospitality tourism and leisure supply chain businesses (e.g. suppliers of the food a restaurant cooks and sells) and retail businesses that 
    • occupy premises with a Rateable Value between £12,001 and £51,000 AND
    • experience a greater than 40% reduction in turnover for December 2020 compared to December 2019 as a direct result of the additional restrictions. For businesses that had not yet started trading in December 2019, the 40% reduction in turnover for December 2020 should be compared to their monthly turnover for September 2020.

Other than state aid limits, there is no limit on the number of Grant Bs that a business can receive in one council area.

The premises occupied must have been on the Non-Domestic rating list as of the 1 September 2020 and the ratepayer needs to have been in occupation of the property and liable for rates as of the 30 November 2020.

iii) Grant C: £5,000 (this group have not been eligible for previous Non-Domestic Rates grants)

  • For hospitality, tourism and leisure businesses occupying hereditaments with a Rateable Value between £51,001 and £150,000.
  • For not-for-profit organisations occupying eligible hospitality properties with a Rateable Value between £51,001 and £150,000.
  • This grant will also be available to hospitality, tourism and leisure supply chain businesses (e.g. suppliers of the drinks & snacks sold by a pub) and retail businesses that 
    • occupy premises with a Rateable Value between £51,001 and £150,000 AND
    • experience a greater than 40% reduction in turnover for December 2020 compared to December 2019 as a direct result of the additional restrictions. For businesses that had not yet started trading in December 2019, the 40% reduction in turnover for December 2020 should be compared to their monthly turnover for September 2020.

Other than state aid limits, there is no limit on the number of grant Cs that a business can receive in one council area.

The premises occupied must have been on the Non-Domestic rating list as of the 1 September 2020 and the ratepayer needs to have been in occupation of the property and liable for rates as of the 30 November 2020.

 

Will I need to apply for a grant and when will I be paid?

Please note: The rules on when payments should be made and whether an application is required have been set by Welsh Government.

  • Hospitality businesses, hospitality Community Amateur Sports Clubs and hospitality not-for-profit organisations that are eligible for Grant A or B and were awarded a NDR grant for the Firebreak period earlier this year, will be sent an automatic payment in December 2020 and do not need to apply for this further payment. We aim to make the payments in the week commencing 14 December.
  • Non-essential retail businesses that were required to close after Christmas Eve 2020 and were awarded a NDR grant for the firebreak period earlier this year, will be sent an automatic grant payment in January 2021 and do not need to apply for this further payment. We aim to make the payments as soon as funding is received from Welsh Government, hopefully in the week commencing 4 January 2021
  • Hospitality businesses, hospitality Community Amateur Sports Clubs and hospitality not-for-profit organisations that are eligible for Grant A or B but were not awarded an NDR grant for the Firebreak period earlier this year, will have to apply for a further payment. The online application form for this group will be made available on this web page from the afternoon of Wednesday 16 December 2020. Payments will be made as soon as possible after the application has been received.
  • The remaining eligible businesses and organisations will need to apply for a payment from Grant A, B or C. The online application form for this group will be made available on this web page early in January 2021 as required by Welsh Government. Those that need to apply in January 2021 are those not paid in December that have a
    • Rateable value up to £150,000 - Hospitality, tourism and leisure businesses, businesses in the supply chain for the hospitality, tourism and leisure sectors and retail businesses. These must evidence a greater than 40% reduction in turnover as a direct result of new restrictions.
    • Rateable value up to £150,000 - All other qualifying hospitality and leisure charities, CASCs and not-for-profit Ratepayers.

 

How to apply 

Hospitality, tourism and leisure businesses/not-for-profit organisations, hospitality tourism and leisure supply chain businesses and retail businesses/not-for-profit organisations that are eligible for Grant A, B or C as explained above but were not awarded an automatic payment can now apply for Grant A, B or C. 

To make an application for a grant, you will need to have created a Swansea Account. If you do not have one of these already, you will be able to create one at the start of the applications process.

Once you have created your Swansea account and/or signed in, you will see a list of headings on the left of your screen or under 'Menu' on mobile. You should select the 'December 2020 Restriction Business Fund - NDR Grant'.

Start your application here

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