Coronavirus (COVID-19) business grants

Support for businesses

Financial support is available for businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Business adaptation grants

Small and medium-sized businesses can apply for a grant towards the cost of adaptations needed for coronavirus (COVID-19) safety, where eligible costs amount to more than £1,000. Businesses may receive funding to cover 50% of eligible costs, up to a maximum grant of £2,500.

The total amount of funding available is limited so, if your business is eligible, you should complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

Go to our business adaptation grant page.

Assistance with business rates

Businesses in the hospitality, retail and leisure sectors are entitled to reductions in the business rates bills for 2021/22. If your business is eligible, your business rates bill will be:

  • reduced by 100% for the period from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021
  • reduced by two-thirds for the period from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022

For more information, go to our business rates pages.

Grants you can no longer claim

Businesses impacted by the delay in easing coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions from 21 June 2021 to 19 July 2021, that were not automatically eligible for an Additional Restrictions Grant, can no longer apply for discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant support. The closing date was 8 October 2021.

Our process for providing further discretionary support is currently on hold ahead of autumn and winter 2021/22.

Businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors can no longer register for a one-off Restart Grant. The closing date was 30 June 2021.

Businesses that either were forced to close or were severely affected during the period of restrictions from 2 December 2020 to 29 March 2021 can no longer claim Tier 2, Tier 3, Tier 4 or national restrictions support grants. The closing date was 31 May 2021.

The discretionary support scheme for businesses severely affected by restrictions from 2 December to 31 January 2021, but not eligible for Tier 2, Tier 3, Tier 4 and national restrictions support, closed on 24 March 2021.

Businesses that were required to close during the period of restrictions from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 can no longer claim a national restrictions support grant. The closing date for claiming this grant was 31 March 2021. The discretionary support scheme for businesses severely affected by restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020, but that did not qualify automatically for a grant, closed on 13 January 2021.

The following government schemes ended on 28 August 2020:

  • Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF)
  • Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme

Further information and advice

For government information and advice, go to: