Apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant
If you are a business rates account holder who has had to close due to COVID-19 restrictions, you may be eligible for the Local restrictions support fund
If you are a business owner in Brent that has been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, you may be eligible for an Additional Restrictions Grant to help cover your fixed costs.
Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant are now open. Grants will be initially administered for the 28-day period following the end of the National Lockdown on 2 December 2020. To apply, your business must meet the eligibility criteria listed below.
About the grant
A business can receive up to a maximum of £5,000 over a 28-day period. We will award grants on a first come first served basis, within the funding limits of the scheme agreed by the council.
In exceptional circumstances, we may award a higher level of grant. This is at the discretion of the council and subject to the level of funds available at the time of applying. A business will need to provide a significant amount of additional evidence in order for the council to consider awarding a higher level of grant.
Who can apply?
The Additional Restrictions Grant is open to applications from business owners who:
- Have a registered or trading address in Brent
- Have been required to close by COVID-19 regulations or
- May have no choice but to close, e.g. because their customer’s business or essential suppliers are closed or
- Have been severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID-19
- Operate from either a commercial or in some circumstances, a domestic property where you have rental liability for a market stall, pitch, lockup, storage, warehouse, factory etc
- Were trading on 4 November 2020
Who cannot apply?
- Any company that is in administration, insolvent, has ceased trading or where a striking-off notice has been made.
- Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State Aid, which is Euros 800,000.
There are a number of alternative financial packages available if your business does not qualify for the Additional Restrictions Grant
If your business has been required to close, you will need to provide evidence of your trading status. This will be in the form of a bank statement that clearly states the business and applicant’s name, registered address and income within the last 3 months.
If your business is still trading then you will need to show how it has been affected. This will be in the form of a bank statement that clearly states the business and applicant’s name, registered address with income within the last 3 months, along with additional evidence of changes in revenue.
You will also need to provide evidence of any fixed-cost* business expenditure that you are unable to meet.
* Fixed Costs are any costs, relating to the operation of the business, that you have to pay even if you are unable to trade during the lockdown period. This could include costs such as business property rent, lease agreements, utilities, etc. Fixed costs do not include employee costs.
Before you apply, make sure you have the following evidence to hand:
- Bank statements for the last three months, for all accounts that you use for business, showing transactions, account number, name and address
- Evidence of fixed costs and expenditure you cannot meet
- Certificate of incorporation, HMRC registration, most recent account
- If you have received a bounce back loan or loan to support your business please also supply a copy of the agreement and the bank statement showing when this was received.
Please take your time when completing the application and ensure you read each question carefully. You do not have to complete your application in one go, you can save it and come back to it later on.
The council carries out checks to prevent and detect fraud. If fraud is detected, you could be refused certain services, finance or employment. Further information on this, and on how this information may be used by other parties, can be found on our website and and on the CIFAS website.
In the event that you do not have access to the online form or are unable to complete it online, an electronic version can be emailed to you. Send your request to: email@example.com