Business and investment

Coronavirus financial support for your business

A new national lockdown is now in force across England.

The gov.uk website has the detail on what this means for your business

The government’s website also has advice on grants, funding, help for self-employed workers or sole traders, and how to run your business safely if it is permitted to open.

The North Yorkshire County Council website has advice and guidance on how to prevent a Covid-19 outbreak in your workplace.

We know that this is a difficult time for many businesses in the district. We are working hard to pay grants to eligible businesses as soon as possible.

Your business must be based in the Harrogate district to be eligible for a payment from any of the grant schemes.  Some businesses may also be eligible for support from more than one of the schemes.

National lockdown effective from 5 January 2021

If you received a business grant relating to the second national lockdown in force from 5 November to 1 December 2020, you do not need to apply again for a grant relating to the current lockdown which started on 5 January.

We will email all eligible businesses that received a grant to let them know about payments relating to the new national lockdown. You'll hear from us before the end January.

If your business is responsible for paying business rates (even if your bill shows 100% relief) it will be entitled to the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum). The gov.uk website has details of the grant funding available, which depends upon the rateable value of your business premises.

If your business has not applied for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum) for the second national lockdown (4 November to 1 December), please complete and submit this application form. This will register your business for the current lockdown grants. 

If your businesses is not responsible for business rates it may be entitled to the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG). Details of the ARG scheme for the current national lockdown will be published by the end of January. Please see the information about the ARG scheme below.

Grant support for the November 2020 lockdown, Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions

Grant support is also available for eligible businesses impacted by the following coronavirus lockdown and restrictions:

  • the national lockdown from 5 November to 1 December 2020
  • the Tier 2 restrictions from 2 December to 30 December 2020
  • the Tier 3 restrictions from 31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021

Your business must be based in the Harrogate district to be eligible for a payment from any of the grant schemes. Some businesses may also be eligible for support from more than one of the schemes.

Please ensure you read the grant schemes in detail before applying to check which grant applies to your business. Make sure you provide all the required information with your application. This will help us pay approved grants as soon as possible.

National lockdown from 5 November to 1 December 2020

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum)

This covers the period of the national lockdown from 5 November to 1 December 2020 (and the period of the current national lockdown which began on 5 January). Grants of up to £3,000 are available depending on the rateable value of your business premises.

Your business may be eligible if:

  • it occupies property on which it is liable for business rates (even if your bill shows 100% relief) and is the ratepayer
  • it was required to close for at least 14 days because of the national lockdown
  • it was unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises

Read the eligibility criteria - Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum) on the government website.

Apply for a Local Restriction Support Grant

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The ARG covers the national lockdown in November, the Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions and the current national lockdown. The grant is primarily for those businesses that are not eligible to apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grants. 

Phase 1 of the ARG is now closed.  All applicants will be contacted before the end of January.  

Phase 2 of the ARG Scheme will open for applications by the end of January. Please keep checking this website for updates.

The criteria and grant funding for Phase 2 of the ARG scheme will be confirmed and published on this page by the end of January.

Tier 2 restrictions (from 2 December to 30 December 2020)
Tier 3 restrictions (from 31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021)

There are three types of Local Restrictions Support Grants for the tier restrictions:

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) 

Grants of up to £1,500 are available depending on the rateable value of your business premises.

Your business may be eligible if it:

  • occupied property on which it was liable for business rates (even if your bill shows 100% relief) and is the ratepayer
  • was not required to close but has been severely impacted by the Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions

Read the eligibility criteria - Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) on the government website.

Apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

Grants of up to £1,500 are available depending on the rateable value of your business premises.

Your business may be eligible if:

  • it occupies property on which it is liable for business rates (even if your bill shows 100% relief) and is the ratepayer
  • it is required to close for at least 14 consecutive days because of the Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions.
  • it is unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises

Read the eligibility criteria - Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) on the government website.

Apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sectors)

This covers the period of the Tier 2 restrictions from 2 December to 30 December 2020 and the Tier 3 restrictions that were in force from 31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021. Grants of up to £1,500 are available depending on the rateable value of your business premises.

Your business may be eligible if:

  • it is a nightclub, dance hall, discotheque, adult entertainment venue or hostess bar

Read the eligibility criteria - Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sectors) on the government website.

Please email [email protected] with the address of the business premises, a contact name and telephone number.

Christmas grant for 'wet-led' pubs

This covers the period of the Tier 2 restrictions between 2 December and 30 December 2020. Grants of up to £1,000 are available.

Your business may be eligible if:

  • it is a pub that predominately serves alcohol rather than food and cannot provide a substantial meal

Read the eligibility criteria - Christmas grant for 'wet-led' pubs on the government website.

Apply for a Christmas grant for 'wet-led' pubs

Applications for this scheme will close at 11.59pm on 31 January.

Brexit: leaving the European Union

The UK has left the European Union.

A trade deal with the EU was announced at the end of 2020.

The government's website has full details on what this means for your business.

How can we help your business?

For details on how your business can benefit from free support services please visit our web pages and contact us at [email protected]. Please keep updated by following us on Twitter and subscribe to our free e-newsletter.

​​​​​​​Business toolkit

We've put together a business toolkit to provide you with practical safety advice, guidance and supporting materials to help your business operate safely while the Covid-19 pandemic continues.

Business toolkit

North Yorkshire County Council has also produced a set of publicity materials which may be useful to your business.

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