Businesses and employers

We are processing applications as quickly as possible. Our teams are experiencing extremely high levels of demand. So far we have paid more than £15million in Local Restrictions Support Grants and Additional Restriction Grants to Brent businesses. Thank you for your patience.

National and local restrictions business grants

 The government has announced a series of grants for businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the tier restrictions introduced in London from October and the subsequent national lockdowns, including the period from 5 November to 2 December 2020.

Your business may be eligible for a number of grants. Make sure you read the eligibility criteria, included in each section below, before you apply.

If you have received a Local Restrictions Support grant for the November 2020 national lockdown period, then your Tier 4 and current national lockdown payments will be processed automatically. You do not need to apply again. 

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (businesses closed during current national lockdown)

If you have received a Local Restrictions Support grant for the November 2020 national lockdown period, then payments for the Tier 4 restrictions will be processed automatically. You do not need to apply again. 

If you are a new ratepayer who has been forced to close and didn’t receive the earlier Local Restrictions Support grant, you will need to apply for payments to cover the Tier 4 restrictions period.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for businesses closed during Tier 4)

If you have received a Local Restrictions Support grant for the November 2020 national lockdown period, then payments for the Tier 4 restrictions will be processed automatically. You do not need to apply again. 

If you are a new ratepayer who has been forced to close and didn’t receive the earlier Local Restrictions Support grant, you will need to apply for payments to cover the Tier 4 restrictions period.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for Hospitality, Accommodation and Leisure businesses in Tier 2 and 3)

Qualifying period: During the tier 2 and 3 restrictions introduced in London from 17 October to 4 November and from 2 December to 19 December 2020.

This grant:

  • is aimed at hospitality and leisure businesses that were most affected by the tier 2 and 3 restrictions
  • is only available to businesses that pay business rates
  • will only be paid to the ratepayer.

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be based in England
  • have been trading on 16 October 2020, prior to the introduction of Tier 2 restrictions on 17 October 2020
  • occupy property on which it pays business rates (and is the ratepayer) and must be a:
    • Restaurant, cafe, public house, wine bar or other such premises providing food or drink for sale to the general public primarily for consumption on the premises (any takeaway element should not form the main part of the business undertaken from the premises)
    • Hotel, guest house, bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation providing board to visiting members of the public
    • Premise adapted and providing for the assembly of visiting members of the public for the purpose of providing leisure or entertainment, eg gyms, sports clubs, spas and museums.

Applications for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Tier 2 and 3) are open

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for businesses that closed during the November national lockdown)

Qualifying period: The national lockdown 5 November – 2 December 2020.

This grant is for businesses that were required to close during the qualifying period or were unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises.

Eligible businesses include, non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

This grant:

  • is only available to businesses that occupy property on which it pays business rates
  • will only be paid to the ratepayer. If your business has more than one qualifying property you may be able to receive more than one grant. A single grant to cover the stated lockdown period will be paid to each eligible business.

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be the business ratepayer for the business premises and be registered for business rates with Brent Council
  • have been trading on 4 November 2020, prior to the start of the national lockdown from 5 November 2020
  • be a non-essential business that legally had to close from 5 November to 2 December 2020 (you are still eligible if for this grant if, as a result of lockdown measures, you continued to trade through click-and-collect, delivery or takeaway during this period)

Applications for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed businesses) are open

Additional Restrictions Grant

This grant is aimed at businesses that have been severely affected by the on-going restrictions due to the pandemic, and are able to provide evidence of fixed costs they are unable to meet.

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be trading in Brent
  • have been trading on 4 November 2020, prior to the start of the national lockdown from 5 November 2020
  • have fixed business costs that the business is unable to meet ie rent of a commercial property, (businesses run from a domestic property will be considered if there is other commercial rent payable ie lockup or pitch etc.)

To be considered for this grant you must be able to evidence your financial situation through bank statements, lease agreements and other business cost invoices/ schedule of payments.

This is a discretionary grant and the Council will assess your eligibility during this period using the details provided in the application form.

Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant are now open