Claiming the Restart Grant

Date: 04/05/21

Claiming the Restart Grant

The Restart Grant will provide eligible businesses with a one-off payment to help reopen safely following the easing of restrictions. The size of the payment will be based on the sector your business is in and the rateable value of your premises.

The Restart Grant is separate from all previous grants and so you will therefore have to submit a new application in order to receive it, it will NOT be paid automatically by your local authority. For businesses under the local authority of Lancaster City Council applications for this grant must be received by Wednesday 30 June 2021.


What size of grant is available?

Non-essential retail sector may be entitled to:

  • Rateable value of £15,000 or under – grant of £2,667
  • Rateable value of £15,001 to £51,000 - grant of £4,000
  • Rateable value of £51,001+ - grant of £6,000

Eligible businesses in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors may be entitled to:

  • Rateable value of £15,000 or under - grant of £8,000
  • Rateable value of £15,001 to £51,000 - grant of £12,000
  • Rateable value of £51,001+ - grant of £18,000


Which non-essential retail businesses are eligible?

Eligible non-essential retail businesses include:

  • Businesses offering in-person non-essential retail to the general public
  • Businesses that were likely to have been required to cease their retail operation in the January 2021 lockdown
  • Businesses that had retail services restricted during the January lockdown
  • Businesses that sell directly to consumers

However, the following are excluded from this:

  • 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.


Which hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sector businesses are eligible?

For the purposes of this scheme eligible businesses in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors include:

  • Hospitality - a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink. Excluded from this definition are food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway.

  • Leisure - a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out. Excluded from this definition are all retail businesses, coach tour operators, tour operators and telescopes.

  • Accommodation - a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes. Excluded from this definition are private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres, beach huts.

  • Gym and sports - a gym and sport business can be defined as a commercial or non-profit establishment where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis, using exercise equipment or open floor space with or without instruction, or where individual and group sporting, athletic and physical activities are participated in competitively or recreationally. Excluded from this definition are home gyms, home exercise studios, home sports courts and home sports grounds.

  • Personal care - a business that provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing. Excluded from this definition are 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.


What information will you need when applying for this grant?

  • Your business rates account number
  • Business information
  • Dates of business closure
  • Your VAT registration number (if applicable)
  • Your company number (if applicable)
  • Your billing authority property reference number
  • Your most recent bank statement which clearly shows the business address, sort code and account number

Please note that the guidance on this blog is based on Lancaster City Council’s guidance, if you are under another local authority you should check their website, we will provide a range of links below for the various local authorities nearby.

Links to other Local Authorities:


Wyre Council 

South Lakeland District Council 

Fylde Council 

Blackpool Council 

Craven District Council 

Tim Preece FCCA

Author: Tim Preece FCCA

A former pupil at Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Tim joined Scott & Wilkinson in 1992 as a trainee after completing a degree in Maths and Economics at Leeds University and qualified as an Accountant in 1996. Tim was...

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