Restart Grants

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Last updated 7th April 2021

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors with one-off grants, to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Eligible businesses in the non-essential retail sector may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £6,000 and eligible businesses in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £18,000.

Grants available from 1 April 2021. We aim to start making payments week commencing 12 April 2021

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if it is:

  • rate-paying
  • mainly delivers in-person services to the general public in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care or gym sectors
  • trading on 1 April 2021

How much will I receive?

Non-Essential Retail

The Restart Grant will support non-essential retail premises with one-off grants under the following thresholds;

Rateable Value

One-off Payment

£15,000 or under

£2,667

£15,001 - £50,999

£4,000

£51,000 or over

£6,000

For the purposes of this scheme the government defines a non-essential retail businesses as 'a business that is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services by the public, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public'.

Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care and Gym & Sport

The Restart Grant will support Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care and Gym & Sport business premises with one-off grants under the following thresholds;

Rateable Value

One-off Payment

£15,000 or under

£8,000

£15,001 - £50,999

£12,000

£51,000 or over

£18,000

Read the definitions and types of businesses that may be eligible under the sector thresholds for this scheme.

If a business operates services that could be considered non-essential and also fall into another category, such as hospitality, the level strand that they are eligible for will be determined by assessing which category constitutes 50% or more of their overall business.

How to Apply

To apply for the Restart Scheme, complete our online form.

Apply for a Restart Grant

Exclusions

This grant will not be paid to the following:

  • Businesses that are not within the ratings system will not be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Non-essential Retail Exclusions

  • Food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, corners shops, off licences, breweries, pharmacies, chemists, newsagents, animal rescue centres and boarding facilities, building merchants, petrol stations, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, taxi and vehicle hire businesses, education providers including tutoring services, banks, building societies and other financial providers, post offices, funeral directors, laundrettes and dry cleaners, medical practices, veterinary surgeries and pet shops, agricultural supply shops, garden centres, storage and distribution facilities, wholesalers, employment agencies and businesses, office buildings, automatic car washes and mobility support shops.

Hospitality Exclusions

  • Food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway (not applicable to those that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions, in alignment with previous COVID-19 business grant schemes).

Leisure Exclusions

  • Coach tour operators, tour operators and telescopes

Accommodation Exclusions

  • Private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres, beach huts.

Gym & Sport Exclusions

  • Home gyms, home exercise studios, home sports courts and home sports grounds.

Personal Care Exclusions

  • Businesses that only provide personal care goods, rather than services; businesses used solely as training centres for staff, apprentices and others; businesses providing dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services which incorporate personal care services, treatments required by those with disabilities and services relating to mental health.

 

Contact Details

Ipswich Borough Council,
Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,
Ipswich,
IP1 2DE

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01473 432000