Additional Restrictions Grant OPEN

Jul 5, 2021
Braintree District Council
Business news

Additional Restrictions Grant is open to applications

The Additional Restrictions Grant scheme is now open to applications.

This discretionary scheme seeks to help businesses in certain sectors who have had their trade severely impacted by the extension of COVID-19 restrictions, regardless of whether they pay business rates or not.

What help is available?

Applications will be assessed individually against the criteria, with grant payments being made based on the size of the business, using three payment bands of:

£3,000 for businesses occupying properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under or for non-rated properties a micro-business (0 - 9 employees)

£4,000 for businesses occupying properties with a rateable value of £15,001 to £50,999 or for non-rated properties a small business (10 – 49 employees)

£5,000 for businesses occupying properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over or for non-rated properties a medium or large business (50 – 249 employees)

To qualify for this grant, your business is:

  • a business which is based or operates primarily within the Braintree District
  • is not part of a larger national chain or franchise, except for those registered as sole traders
  • has relatively high on-going fixed costs e.g. business premises and/or equipment costs (excluding staffing costs) 
  • a business which falls into the weddings, events and/or international travel sectors

Which businesses are eligible?

This fund will support the following types of businesses:

  • businesses with venues which host events
  • businesses licensed to host ceremonial events such as weddings
  • businesses which in the main supply the weddings and/or events sector 
  • travel agents which offer predominantly international bookings – excluding national travel agents or tour operators
  • businesses which in the main supply the international travel sector

Which businesses are ineligible?

Businesses cannot apply if:

  • they were in administration or are insolvent
  • they were given a striking off notice at the date of the restriction
  • they have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of COVID-19 Business Grant Subsidy Allowance.

How do I apply?

Businesses can check their eligibility at www.braintree.gov.uk/helpforbusinesses

Applicants must complete and return an application form before 5pm on Monday, 12 July.  

Please email ecodev@braintree.gov.uk to ask for an application form.

Fill-out the form in full, scan or take a photograph of it before emailing it back to busrates@braintree.gov.uk.

Please note that once the current allocation is spent, we will not be able to offer another round of grants unless additional funding is released by the Government.