In December 2021, the Government announced that further business grant support would become available in recognition that the rise of the Omicron variant means that some businesses were likely to struggle during the winter period.
All three application processes are now open via Tandridge District Council (TDC). Further details below;
Additional Restrictions Grant (21 January 2022 to 6 February 2022)
A one-off payment through the Additional Restrictions Grant is now available to businesses severely impacted by Covid-19 restrictions or by the Omicron variant i.e. current Business Rate payers, running a business from home, mobile home-working or within a flexible working space where the rent is inclusive. This grant is available from 21 January 2022 to 6 February 2022.
To check whether businesses are eligible, please refer to the 2022 scheme before completing an application form. If the total applications exceeds the allocation of £216,634, applications will be treated on a first come first served basis.
TDC’s awards panel will review all applications submitted and will decide which ones are approved for funding under the Additional Restrictions Grant. Successful applications will be acknowledged by e-mail, which will confirm the amount of grant funding.
Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)
This Relief Fund is to help businesses pay their business rates to offset the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Local Authorities are responsible for designing this discretionary relief scheme, please refer to TDC’s scheme.
In order to qualify for CARF, Government guidelines are quite clear that Local Authorities must not award relief to ratepayers who for the same period of the relief, i.e., 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022, would have been eligible for the Extended Retail Discount or Nursery Discount and must not award relief to a period when it is unoccupied.
Businesses may complete the application form if they meet the criteria.
Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant
This support will take the form of a one-off grant funding scheme. Funding has been made available to all Local Authorities from this month. The scheme will close for applications on 18 March 2022 and all final payments must be made and dispersed to recipients by 31 March 2022. Businesses will be eligible for this support from 30 December 2021.
The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant will support hospitality, leisure and accommodation business premises with one-off grants of up to £6,000. The following thresholds apply for these businesses:
Businesses appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 30 December 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.
Businesses appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 30 December 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.
Businesses appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 30 December 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.
Businesses should complete TDC’s application form before the deadline date of 18 March 2022.