Business Grants your questions answered

Updated FAQs correct as of 23 February 2021.

We have seen on our social media channels that you have some general questions related to business grants which we’ve answered below.

For details about grants and how to apply, please visit Coronavirus: Help for businesses and self-employed.

What support can my business get?

You’ll find details of the business grants currently available to claim through the Council at Coronavirus: Help for businesses and self-employed.

Your business may be eligible for more than one grant.

Your business may also be eligible for other loans, tax relief and cash grants from the government, whether your business is open or closed. Find out more about coronavirus financial support for your business.

How much money has been paid in grants so far?

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve paid over £135.2 million in total to businesses that have claimed the various business grants available to date (correct as of 23 February 2021). This figure continues to rise on a daily basis.

Do I need to apply for January 2021 lockdown grants?

There is a national lockdown grant for 5 January to 15 February 2021, and a new one-off top-up grant.

You won’t need to reapply for the current national lockdown grant or top-up payment if you’ve received a Local Restrictions Support Grant for help after 9 September 2020. We will use the information we already have to continue to make the grant payments you are eligible for.

Wet led pub – applications due to close 28 February

The closing date for applications for Christmas Support Payment (Wet Pubs) is 28 February 2021. If you think you may be eligible, please get your application to us before this date.

Lockdown grant 16 February to 31 March 2021

We’ve received information from the government about a new payment cycle for lockdown restrictions from 16 February to 31 March 2021.

We’re already making payments automatically to businesses that qualify and have previously received this support, so there’s no need for these businesses to reapply.

We emailed 2,600 businesses over recent weeks asking them to self-certify their circumstances remain the same, this helps us to speed up the payment process. So far we’ve have had a fantastic response with over 2,276 (87% returned). If you’ve received this email and haven’t yet taken action, please follow the instructions it contains so we can continue to make payments. Not all businesses will have received this email so don’t worry if you didn’t get one.

We’ll continue to keep our website updated as we know more information about any grant payment from 1 April to 12 April 2021.

I’ve received an email asking me to confirm my circumstances, is it real?

We have recently sent an email to some businesses asking them to confirm their circumstances remain the same. The email will be from an @kirklees.gov.uk address and contains instructions to follow, with links to different pages on Kirklees Council website.

This email has not been sent to all businesses, so don’t worry if you didn’t get one.

Why does it take so long to give us more details about who can claim a grant?

Like you, we have to wait for the government announcement and to receive details of the scheme like the eligibility criteria, before we can introduce the grant. There can be a delay before this reaches us.

We then update our systems, make necessary changes to the application process and test things work as they should before we can open it to our customers.

We now have an online application form meaning one form gives businesses access to all Local Restrictions Support Grants. There is a separate application for the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme and the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs. All of these can found at Coronavirus: Help for businesses and self-employed.

What’s the current position on grant applications in Kirklees?

We appreciate not every business will have received their grant as quickly as wanted and thank you for your continued patience. We’ve received a huge amount of claims and continue to focus our resources on processing the claims received as fast as we can in date order.

As part of the application process we must assess each claim against the government criteria and make assurance checks to help prevent against fraud. We never ask for more information than we need. This does, however, add a short delay to the process.

You may have applied for one or more grant which could be decided at different times. Here’s an update:

  1. National Lockdown grant – 5 November to 2 December 2020

Processing of applications is up to date with a turnaround time of approximately seven days. Over £4.1m in grants has already been paid.

  1. Local Restrictions Support Grant for business that remained open but severely impacted – 5 August to 4 January 2021

Processing of applications is up to date with a turnaround time of approximately 21 days from receipt of the application. Over £1.7m has already been paid.

  1. Additional Restriction Support Grants

We are making good progress on these applications and were are turning cases around in 21 days from receipt of the application. Additional staff resources are working through these remaining applications in date order. Unfortunately, these have taken longer to sort as we are required by Government to obtain evidence of the economic impact of the virus, and undertake various other pre-payment checks.  If you applied on or after 4 January you will be contacted within 21 working days.

  1. Christmas Support Payment (Wet Pubs)

We have now considered all these applications and, where possible, have made payments. New applications are being processed within seven working days.

How do I know if my grant application was successful?

If your application is successful we will send an email to confirm details for you, but this may be a short time after we make your payment. We’re asking businesses to keep an eye on their bank account as we send grant payments you or your business are entitled to direct to your account. Please be aware it can take up to three working days for payments to arrive.

How do I know if my grant application has been rejected?

In order to decide on the outcome of each case there a specific criteria and grant assurance checks your business will need to meet that is set by the government. If we assess your claim and decide you won’t qualify for a grant, we will write to you to tell you the reasons why. The letter will go to the correspondence address on your business rates account. This could be different to your business address, for example, a head office or alternative address if you have provided one.

Why do I have different payments in my bank account?

Each grant a business may be entitled to may be paid separately, or grouped together depending on when we assess each grant. For each grant awarded you should receive an email to confirm what the payment relates to.

The table below shows payments for each grant for the time periods they were available. This is broken down by payment frequency cycles. You may find this useful to help you work out what you’ve received payments for if you’re still unsure.

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant Allowances (LRSG)
 

Scheme

 

Period

Rateable Value
£15,000 and under £15,001 to £50,999 £51,000 and over
 

 

 

 

LRSG (Open)

For businesses able to remain open but severely impacted by Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions

 

28 days

5 Aug to 1 Sept 20

£934 £1,400 £2,100
28 days

2 Sept to 29 Sept 20

£934 £1,400 £2,100
28 days

30 Sept to 27 Oct 20

£934 £1,400 £2,100
8 days

28 Oct to 4 Nov 20

£266.86 £400 £600
28 days

2 Dec to 29 Dec 20

£934 £1,400 £2,100
6 days

30 Dec 20 to 4 Jan 21

£200.14 £300 £450
LRSG (Sector)

For businesses in certain sectors required to close due to national restrictions

4 days

1 Nov to 4 Nov 20

£190.57 £285.71 £428.57
 

LRSG (Closed)

For businesses legally forced to close due to Tier 3 restrictions

14 days

2 Dec to 15 Dec 20

£667 £1,000 £1,500
14 days

16 Dec to 29 Dec 20

£667 £1,000 £1,500
6 days

30 Dec 20 to 4 Jan 21

£285.86 £428.58 £642.86
Christmas payment for wet-led pubs 2 Dec to 29 Dec 20 £1,000 £1,000 £1,000
Closing date for applications is 28 February 21
National Lockdown LRSG (Closed addendum)

For businesses legally forced to close during lockdown

28 days

5 Nov to 2 Dec 20

£1,334 £2,000 £3,000
6 weeks

5 Jan to 15 Feb 21

£2,001 £3,000 £4,500
National Lockdown One-off top up grant

For businesses legally forced to close during lockdown

6 weeks

5 Jan to 15 Feb 21

£4,000 £6,000 £9,000