Local Restrictions Support Grant

Applying for a Local Restrictions Support Grant

Businesses required to close under national or local tier restrictions, or which have been severely impacted due to these restrictions may be eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant.

Apply for Local Restrictions Support Grant

Please note: If you've already successfully applied, you will not need to reapply for further payments, you will receive these automatically.

When making an application, you will need:

  • Your business rate account reference number
  • Your bank details
  • Your VAT number
  • Your company registration number
  • A bank statement or headed paper alternative.

Businesses required to close by law under national lockdown, or Local Tier 2 or above may be eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant

A business may be eligible if it:

  • Occupies property in which it pays business rates to Watford Borough Council (and is the ratepayer).
  • Was required to close under national lockdown restrictions (5 November to 2 December) that resulted in a first full day of closure on or after 9 September.
  • Has been required to close under local Tier 2 or above restrictions.
  • Has been required to close for at least 14 days because of the restrictions.
  • Has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises.

Eligible businesses are entitled to a cash grant for each 14 day period they are closed.

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants to be £1,334 per month, or £667 per two weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15,000-£51,000 grants to be £2,000 per month, or £1,000 per two weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, grants to be £3,000 per month or £1,500 per two weeks.

You can find your business rates valuation online.

Your business will not be eligible if it:

  • Has been able to continue to operate during lockdown because it does not depend on providing direct in-person services from its premises.
  • Has reached the state aid limit.  The national business support grant counts towards state aid. Payments count towards the total de minimis state aid allowed over a three-year period (€200,000). If you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework where the limit is €800,000.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made at the date of the local lockdown are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
  • Eligible businesses will be eligible for grant funding for each property liable for business rates with Watford Borough Council.

Businesses that have not had to close but which have been severley impacted due to local Tier 2 or above restrictions be eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG-Open)

Businesses that have not had to close but which have been severely impacted due to local Tier 2 or above restrictions may be eligible for LRSG-Open.

Eligible businesses may be entitled to a cash grant for each 14 day period under local restrictions.

A business may be eligible if it:

  • Occupies property in which it pays business rates to Watford Borough Council (and is the ratepayer).
  • Is subject to Tier 2 or above local restrictions and has been severely impacted because of the local restrictions.
  • Was established before the introduction of Tier 2 or above restrictions.
  • Has not had to close but has been impacted by local restrictions.

Eligible businesses are entitled to a cash grant for each 14 day period they are impacted.

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, a cash grant of up to £467 for each 14 day period;
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15,000-£51,000, a cash grant of up to £700 for each 14 day period;
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, a cash grant of up to £1,050 for each 14 day period.

In the event of national restrictions being introduced, LRSG-Open will cease to apply.

You can find your business rates valuation online.

Your business will not be eligible if it:

  • Was established after the introduction of Tier 2 or above restrictions in Watford.
  • Has reached the state aid limit.  The national business support grant counts towards state aid. Payments count towards the total de minimis state aid allowed over a three-year period (€200,000). If you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework where the limit is €800,000.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made at the date of the local lockdown are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Eligible businesses will be eligible for grant funding for each property liable for business rates with Watford Borough Council.

Business in some sectors who were required to close due to the national restrictions in March 2020, and which have not been able to re-open, may be eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG-Sector)

Businesses in the following sectors that have been required to close due to the national restrictions introduced in March 2020, and which have not been able to re-open, may be eligible for the LSRG-Sector grant:

  • Nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques
  • Adult entertainment venues and hostess bars

A business may be eligible if it:

  • Occupies property in which it pays business rates to Watford Borough Council (and is the ratepayer).
  • Has been closed since 23 March 2020 because of national restrictions

A business is not eligible if it has re-opened as another type of business (for example, changing a nightclub to a bar).

Eligible businesses are entitled to a cash grant for each 14 day period they are closed.

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants to be £1,334 per month, or £667 per two weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15,000-£51,000 grants to be £2,000 per month, or £1,000 per two weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, grants to be £3,000 per month or £1,500 per two weeks.

This funding is available from 1 November 2020 and is not retrospective.  The grant will be based on the rateable value of your property on 1 November 2020.

You can find your business rates valuation online.

Your business will not be eligible if it:

  • Has reached the state aid limit.  The national business support grant counts towards state aid. Payments count towards the total de minimis state aid allowed over a three-year period (€200,000). If you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework where the limit is €800,000.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made at the date of the local lockdown are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Eligible businesses will be eligible for grant funding for each property liable for business rates with Watford Borough Council.

View the Local Restrictions Support Grant Policy online.

View the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) online.

If you have any questions, please email our Business Grants team.

Business support

The Council has launched a free business support programme for Watford businesses providing one-to-one business advice, skills training webinars, workshops and specialist support.  The Business Recovery and Growth programme is available to all Watford businesses to help them adapt and grow.  Find out more about the free programme and how to contact.

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