Business

COVID-19 business grants

Different government grants were made available during the coronavirus pandemic in order to:

  • provide support for different business sectors
  • provide cover during different time periods
  • respond to the varied local and national restrictions which have been in place

You may have been eligible for more than one of the available grants which were available during the course of the pandemic.

Visit GOV.UK for further advice or financial assistance.


Closed COVID-19 business grants

The following COVID-19 business grant schemes have now been closed by the government, strictly no further payments can be made from these grant schemes.

If you made an application under any of these applications and are still awaiting a decision, or if you disagree with a decision, you should contact the Business Rates Team.

You can appeal within 14 days of the date on your decision notice by email to business.rates@york.gov.uk.

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Additional Restrictions Grant

The Additional Restrictions Grant related to the periods of:

  • 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020
  • 31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021
  • 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021
  • 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021

This grant scheme covered the periods of national restrictions, as well as the period when York was under 'Tier 3: Very High Alert' local restrictions.

This discretionary scheme supported York businesses affected by the lockdowns, but which were not eligible for the Lockdown Restrictions Grant and the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Businesses) payments; it helped businesses which, whilst not legally required to close, were still severely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.

The Additional Restrictions Grant scheme was reviewed on 18 January 2021 and the decision was made that non-York residents could qualify for the scheme providing that applicants also meet the other qualifying criteria. Those other criteria included:

  • conducting 75% of trade in York
  • trade affected by 75% or more as a result of lockdown restrictions

This grant scheme closed for applications on 31 March 2021.

Closed COVID-19 business grants


Christmas Support Payment for Wet-Led Pubs

Public houses may have been entitled to this grant on top of the other available local restrictions support grants.

This grant scheme closed for applications on 28 February 2021.

Closed COVID-19 business grants


Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Businesses)

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Businesses) was for businesses that had been mandated to close by law from 2 December 2020.

This grant scheme closed for applications on 21 March 2021.

Closed COVID-19 business grants


Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open Businesses)

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open Businesses) grant closed for applications on 21 March 2021.

Closed COVID-19 business grants


Lockdown Restrictions Grant

The Lockdown Restriction Grant was for businesses forced to close by law under the period of national lockdown.

The Lockdown Restriction Grant related to the periods of:

  • 5 November to 2 December 2020
  • 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021
  • 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021

This grant was also known as 'Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) - Addendum (Lockdown)'.

This grant scheme closed for applications on 31 May 2021.

Closed COVID-19 business grants


Restart Grant

Restart Grants were a further grant scheme which provided grants to top up payments from previous schemes.

The scheme provided grants to:

  • non-essential retail businesses
  • qualifying hospitality and leisure properties

This grant scheme closed for applications on 30 June 2021.

Closed COVID-19 business grants


Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

The Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant fund was part of the York Small Business Grant Fund application process.

This grant scheme closed for applications on 28 August 2020.

Closed COVID-19 business grants


Sector Support Grant

The Sector Support Grant was available for several periods.

This grant scheme closed for applications on 21 March 2021.

Closed COVID-19 business grants


Small Business Grant Fund

The Small Business Grant Fund was part of the York Small Business Grant Fund application process.

This grant scheme closed for applications on 28 August 2020.

Closed COVID-19 business grants


Also see

Local Restriction Support Grants Team