Cheshire East businesses invited to apply for Restart Grant

Grants

Cheshire East Council will soon be inviting applications from businesses for the government's Restart Grant.

The scheme, which will be available from 1st April 2021, will support eligible non-essential retail businesses and hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses with one-off grants of up to £18,000 to help them reopen safely.

The council is also awaiting further details from government on an extra allocation of funding for the Additional Restrictions Grant to allow it to open another round of applications. A further announcement will be made soon.

Once the schemes are open, businesses will be able to apply via the council's new online application system, which businesses will need to use for all support grant applications going forward.

The new system allows businesses to manage their account, track the status of their application and see which grants they are due to receive payment for.

It also allows the council to carry out the necessary anti-fraud measures in a more time efficient way.

Frank Jordan, Cheshire East Council's executive director for place, said: "Businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic and many continue to be significantly impacted.

"So far, more than £134m in grants has been paid out to Cheshire East businesses to help boost their recovery and rebuild the local economy.

"This latest grant scheme offers further support to businesses to help ensure they can reopen safely and get back to being able to welcome customers.
"I urge those eligible to ensure they submit their application so that they can receive the full amount of support they are entitled to."

The Restart Grant, which closes to applicants on 30 June 2021, is a one-off grant for eligible rate-paying businesses and will be distributed in two strands.

Strand one will support rate-paying non-essential retail premises with one-off grants of up to £6,000.

The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

• Businesses occupying a property with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667;

• Businesses occupying a property with a rateable value of more than £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000; and

• Businesses occupying a property with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or more on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.

Strand two of the Restart Grant will support rate-paying hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses with one-off grants of up to £18,000.

The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

• Businesses occupying a property with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000;

• Businesses occupying a property with a rateable value of more than £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000; and

• Businesses occupying a property with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or more on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000.

To be eligible to receive funding, businesses must be trading on 1 April 2021 and have not already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances.
Details of the full eligibility criteria are available on the council's website.

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Sandy Martin
Wednesday 31st March 2021 at 2:39 pm
I’m interested to know what a business that Does not pay rates will get to start up ? The coaching industry has hit rock bottom with no aid or assistance
Mark Russell
Tuesday 6th April 2021 at 6:08 pm
Sandy, zero. Over three million self employed have gone without a penny. No help from central government or Cheshire east.

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