Coronavirus: business grants and funds

Updated: 27 November 2020

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


Local Restrictions Support Grants

Business ratepayers that have been 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

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.


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.

The closing date for this scheme is 15 December 2020.

As the funding for this scheme is cash limited, grant amounts will not be decided until after the closing date. We will endeavour to make as many payments as we can before the Christmas break.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.


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.


Payment of invoices

We are aware that some businesses may be experiencing difficulties due to the current situation, so we are moving to immediate payment terms for invoices. This means that as long as there is no existing dispute with an invoice, it will be paid on the next available payment run after being approved by the department and will not have to wait the normal 26 days before being paid.