Coronavirus: business grants and funds

Updated: 5 March 2021

We are in the process of making further grant payments to ratepayers that remain mandated to close. Awards will be automatic and based on information contained in your previous Business Support Lockdown Payment application (5 January - 15 February). You do not need to apply again.

If your business is not mandated to close, a further Additional Restriction Grant (Discretionary Award) will be available shortly. Please check the website regularly for updates.


Help is available to businesses through various grant and discount schemes:

Ongoing support:

Government support programmes (including help for business ratepayers, statutory sick pay, business liquidity loans, loan support for larger firms and with HMRC):


Additional Restrictions Grants

Ratepayers that have been affected by the national lockdown but were not entitled to help under the Local Restrictions Support Grants scheme can apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant. Non-ratepayers such as market traders and homeworkers can also apply.

You cannot qualify for this grant if you have already been awarded grants for the National Restrictions (November), Tier 4 or Business Support Lockdown Payment.

This grant scheme will cover the period of National Restrictions from 19 December 2020 to 15 February 2021.

This will be an 8 weeks payment in line with the current mandatory grant schemes. The closing date for applications is 28 February 2021.

There are four different application forms - please make sure that you complete the correct application form, as the questions are specific to your business type.

1. Eligible market traders

For: business that trade within the North Hertfordshire District Council area

This is a fixed grant amount.

You will need the following documents before you start your application:

  • proof of property costs - such as Lease Agreement/Stall Rental Statement
  • evidence you have suffered a loss of income - such as Accounts/Bank Statements/Profit & Loss Statement
  • your two most recent business bank statements
  • proof the business was trading on 4 November - such as Sales Receipt/Delivery Note/Purchase Orders

2. Businesses that support the retail, hospitality & leisure sector

For: businesses such as event hire companies

This award will be broadly based on the awards payable under the mandatory schemes.

You will need the following documents before you start your application:

  • evidence of fixed monthly costs - you will need 4 documents, such as Utility Bills/Rent Statements
  • proof of occupying the business premise - such as a Lease Agreement
  • your most recent business bank statement
  • proof of ID - such as Drivers Licence/Passport/Companies House Registration Document
  • proof the business was trading on 4 November - you will need two documents, such as Sales Receipt/Delivery Note/Purchase Orders

3. Businesses run from home

For: home-working businesses, such as driving instructors, beauticians who work from home, hairdressers that work from  home etc.

This is a fixed award.

You will need the following documents before you start your application:

  • evidence you have suffered a loss of income - such as Accounts/Bank Statements/Profit & Loss Statement
  • evidence of any fixed operating costs - such as a Lease Agreement for any storage space/utility bills
  • proof the business was trading on 4 November - you will need two documents – such as Sales Receipt/Delivery Note/Purchase Orders
  • your two most recent business bank statements

4. Other business types

For: organisations like charities or shared office spaces

This award will be broadly based on the awards payable under the mandatory schemes

You will need the following documents before you can start your application:

  • evidence of fixed monthly costs - you will need 4 documents, such as Utility Bills/Rent Statements
  • your most recent business bank statement
  • evidence you have suffered a loss of income - such as Accounts/Bank Statements/Profit & Loss Statement
  • proof of ID - such as Drivers Licence/Passport/Companies House Registration Document
  • proof the business was trading on 4 November - you will need 2 documents - such as Sales Receipt/Delivery Note/Purchase Orders

All supporting documents must be no more than 3 months old. Your bank statement must relate to your business as we will only pay successful applications into a business bank account.

If you have made a previous application, you will be able to prefill some of the information from your previous application.

In all cases when you start your application, you will need to create an account. This is so that your grant applications can be managed in one place.

Apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant

We will keep you updated on your application by email. Log back in to the portal to check on the progress of your application or to upload further documentation if requested.

If you experience any technical difficulties please send an email to revenues@north-herts.gov.uk and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


National Restrictions Support Grant and Closed Business Lockdown Payment

We are now accepting applications for the National Restrictions period which began on 5 January 2021. The payment covers the period 5 January - 31 March 2021.

When you complete this application, we will also determine and include the one-off payment for the Closed Business Lockdown Payment for those businesses in the Retail, Hospitality & Leisure sector.

Apply for a National Restrictions Support Grant

If you have previously completed an application form using the Council’s portal, you will be able to transfer across data from previous applications to ease completion. If you have not used the Council’s portal before, you will need to log in before you make an application.

If you experience any difficulties with the portal, please email revenues@north-herts.gov.uk.


Additional Restrictions Grant - North Herts Licensed Taxi Drivers

Taxi Drivers that are licensed by us and reside in the North Herts area were able to apply for an Additional Restrictions Support Grant.

This scheme closed on Sunday 21 February 2021.


Tier 4 - Local Restrictions Support Grant

We are still accepting applications for the Tier 4 restriction period which began on 19 December 2020.

This application is for Business Ratepayers only. You will need your property reference and account number to hand - this can be found on your current Business Rates bill.

Applications for this Tier will be used to calculate the amount of grant award you were also entitled to under the Tier 2 restrictions for the period 2-18 December 2020, so you will not need to make a separate application for Tier 2.

Apply for a Tier 4 Local Restrictions Support Grant

This scheme will close on 31 March 2021.

If you have previously completed an application form using the Council’s portal, you will be able to transfer across data from previous applications to ease completion. If you have not used the Council’s portal before, you will need to log in before you make an application.

If you experience any difficulties with the portal, please email revenues@north-herts.gov.uk.


Local Restrictions Support Grants

Business ratepayers that were mandated to close during the national lockdown (5 November to 2 December) can apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant.

A full list of premises mandated to close is available on the GOV.UK website.

To be eligible, you must be a business ratepayer and you must be mandated to close.

If this is not the case you cannot apply to this scheme, but you may be considered under the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme.

Before you start the application process you will need:

  1. your Business Rate Account Bill – both your Property Reference and Business Rate Account numbers are a mandatory requirement
  2. proof of ID – for a company this can be trading accounts (profit and loss/balance sheet), for a sole trader this can be your passport or driving licence
  3. proof that you were trading prior to the restriction – such as delivery notices, stock invoices, appointment registers
  4. a current business bank account statement – this is the account the grant will be paid in to
  5. proof that you were in occupation – two utility bills

All supporting documents must be no more than 3 months old. Your bank statement must relate to your business as we will only pay successful applications into a business bank account.

You may have provided some of this information for previous grants, but we will need this information again to enable us to process any further awards.

Apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant

This scheme will close on 31 March 2021.

We will keep you updated on your application by email. Log back in to the portal to check on the progress of your application or to upload further documentation if requested.

If you have any technical difficulties with the application form, please contact us on revenues@north-herts.gov.uk. We cannot accept applications sent to this email address.

New Local Restriction Support Grants

New grant schemes will be available soon for eligible businesses that are open and those that remain closed. We are working hard to formalise these new schemes. Check back soon for further updates.


Christmas Support Payment for Wet-Led Pubs

The government has announced a one-off payment of £1,000 for pubs that are defined as wet-led pubs and are currently within Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions.

In order to be classed as a wet-led pub, you must be able to show that you derive less than 50% of your income from the sale of food.

You will need to provide supporting evidence to show the food and wet sales separately.

Exclusions to the scheme:

  • pubs that derive over 50% of their income from food income will not be eligible for this funding
  • the following businesses do not qualify: restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls or casinos

Before you start your application, you will need the following documents:

  • a copy of the Companies latest accounts as filed with HMRC - these should be dated no later than 31/03/2020. If the business was incorporated after 31/03/2020 provide proof current accounts to date for this tax year
  • evidence of the business trading prior to local or national lockdowns forcing the business to close, such as sales receipts/purchase orders (the business rate bill is not acceptable)
  • evidence of the claimant being the named holder of the business bank account, such as the most recent business bank statement
  • proof of identification of ratepayer: in the case of a sole trader/partnership, please provide personal identification; in the case of a Ltd company, please provide evidence of company

We will keep you updated on your application by email.

You can log back in to the portal to check on the progress of your application or to upload further documentation, if requested.

Apply for a Christmas Support Payment

The closing date for applications is 28 February 2021.


Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Self-employed individuals or members of partnerships whose business has been adversely affected by coronavirus can apply for a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant worth 80% of their average monthly trading profits.

Individuals are eligible if their business has been adversely affected by coronavirus, they traded in the tax year 2019 to 2020, intend to continue trading, and they:

  • earn at least half of their income through self-employment
  • have trading profits of no more than £50,000 per year
  • traded in the tax year 2018 to 2019 and submitted their Self Assessment tax return on or before 23 April 2020 for that year

HMRC calculate the amount to be paid to each eligible claimant based on an average of the tax returns for 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19.  

Customers have been invited to claim their SEISS grant on a specified date, from 13-18 May. You won’t be able to apply before your claim date but can make a claim after that day. 

You can check your date using HMRC’s online checker at any time. 


Business rates relief

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will not have to pay business rates for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

Direct debit payments are being stopped for those businesses that have received their annual bill and will now not have to pay any business rates because of the Expanded Retail Discount Scheme.

We will send revised bills to reflect the fact that no payments are due to those businesses affected by this as soon as possible.