Coronavirus: business grants and funds

Updated: 4 May 2021

Help is available to businesses through these grant schemes:

The following grant schemes have closed:

Ongoing support:

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

Restart Grants

Restart Grants are now available for business ratepayers to make applications.

The grants are based on both the business sector and the rateable value (RV) of the premises.

  1. Non-essential retail: a business that is open to the public and is used wholly or mainly for the purposes of retails sale, hire of goods or services, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public.
  • RV 15,000 and below £2,667
  • RV 15,001 to 50,999 £4,000
  • RV 51, 000 and over £6,000
  1. Hospitality, Leisure, Accommodation, Gym & Sport, Personal Care (specific definitions do apply)
  • RV 15,000 and below £8,000
  • RV 15,001 to 50,999 £12,000
  • RV 51,000 and over £18,000

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.

Apply for a Restart Grant

If you experience any difficulties with the application portal, please email

Additional Restrictions Grants

The Additional Restrictions Grant scheme is for ratepayers that have been affected by the national lockdown but were not entitled to help under the Restart Grant scheme.

The scheme is also open to:

  • non-ratepayers, such as market traders and homeworkers
  • coach companies and coach tour operators that cannot access the Government Restart Grants
  • taxi drivers

You cannot qualify for this grant if you have already been awarded the current Restart Grant.

This is a one off grant to assist businesses following the period of national restrictions.

There are six application categories for the Additional Restriction Grants and you must ensure that you complete the correct application so that you receive the right award. You must complete a fresh application and upload up to date documents to support this.

The six categories are:

  1. Businesses that support the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sector
  2. Market Traders (must be within the North Herts area)
  3. Running a business form your home address (must be within the North Herts area)
  4. Taxi Drivers (must be licensed by North Herts)
  5. Other business types that do not fit in to one of the above
  6. Coach Companies/Coach Tour Operators

Please ensure that the business bank statement that you upload corresponds with the details on the application form and make sure that the account number and sort code are both visible.

All supporting documents must be no more than 1 month 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.

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.

Apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant

If you experience any difficulties with the application portal, please email

The closing date for applications is 1 June 2021.

National Restrictions Support Grant and Closed Business Lockdown Payment

These grants were for the National Restrictions period which began on 5 January 2021. The payment covered the period 5 January - 31 March 2021.

This scheme is now closed.

Additional Restrictions Grant - Hospitality Venues 

This grant was to help hospitality venues with the costs of making their outdoor space suitable for serving food and drink outdoors.

This scheme is now closed.

Tier 4 - Local Restrictions Support Grant

These grants were for business ratepayers during the Tier 4 restriction period which began on 19 December 2020.

This scheme is now closed.

Local Restrictions Support Grants

These grants were for business ratepayers that were mandated to close during the national lockdown (5 November to 2 December).

This scheme is now closed.

Christmas Support Payment for Wet-Led Pubs

This scheme is now closed.

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.