Coronavirus Business Support Grants

Restart Grants (This scheme is now closed for applications)

The Restart Grant was payable to eligible businesses that were mandated to close under the recent national lockdown and supported businesses that were predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services to the general public in the non-essential retail, personal care, accommodation, hospitality, leisure and gym sectors. 

The types of business premises that may be comprised within each of the above sectors, can be viewed below under Types of business premises by sector

The amounts payable for each sector are based upon the rateable value (RV) of the premises, as shown in the table below.

Non-essential retail Amount payable
RV 15,000 or under £2667.00
RV 15,001 to 50,999 £4000.00
RV 51,000 or above £6000.00
Hospitality, Leisure, Accommodation, Personal Care and Gym businesses Amount payable
RV 15,000 or under £8000.00
RV15,001 to 50,999 £12000.00
RV 51,000 or above £18000.00

The Restart Grant scheme closed for applications on 30th June 2021 and the final date permitted for payments under the scheme will be 31st July 2021.

Replacement of State Aid

Following the end of the transition period relating to the UK’s exit from the EU, State Aid rules will not apply to the Restart Grant, which will instead be covered by three subsidy allowances as follows: 

  1. Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance – you are permitted to receive up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of 3 years;
  2. COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance – you are permitted to receive up to £1,600,000;
  3. COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance – if you have reached the limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance above, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules, of up to £9,000,000, provided certain conditions are met.

Grants under these three allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £10,935,000 (subject to exchange rates and certain conditions being met).

For further details, please see:

Types of business premises by sector

Non-essential retail

  • Betting offices
  • Departmental stores
  • Markets (other than livestock)
  • Sales kiosks
  • Showrooms, e.g. kitchen, bathroom, tile, glazing
  • Tobacco and vape stores
  • Antiques stores
  • Sales offices
  • Travel agents
  • Electronic goods and mobile phone shops
  • Clothes shops
  • Book shops
  • Auction rooms
  • Car auction
  • Car showrooms
  • Car supermarkets
  • Car washes (standalone)
  • Car/caravan
  • Sales/display/hiring Sites
  • Charity shops
  • Carpet stores
  • Furniture shops
  • Sofa shops
  • Homeware shops
  • Florists
  • Plant nurseries
  • Jewellers
  • Stationery shops
  • Gift shops
  • Make-up shops
  • Animal groomers
  • Sweet shops
  • Photography studios


  • Food courts
  • Public houses/pub restaurants
  • Restaurants
  • Roadside restaurants
  • Wine bars
  • Cafes


  • Bingo halls
  • Bowling alleys
  • Casinos and gambling clubs
  • Cinemas
  • Ice rinks
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Roller skating rinks
  • Stately homes & historic houses
  • Theatres
  • Zoos & safari parks
  • Amusement parks
  • Pleasure piers
  • Pavilions
  • Conference centres
  • Exhibition centres including for use as banquet halls and other events
  • Wedding venues
  • Events venues
  • Heritage railways
  • Public halls
  • Night clubs & discotheques
  • Hostess bars
  • Sexual entertainment venues
  • Shisha bars, waterpipe consumption venues
  • Arenas
  • Concert halls
  • Go kart rinks
  • Model villages
  • Tourist attractions
  • Aquaria
  • Miniature railways
  • Theme parks
  • Amusement arcades including adult gaming centres
  • Animal attractions at farms
  • Wildlife centres
  • Botanical gardens
  • Circus
  • Visitor attractions at film studios
  • Soft play centres or areas
  • Indoor riding centres
  • Clubs & institutions
  • Village halls & scout huts, cadet huts etc.


  • Caravan parks
  • Caravan sites and pitches
  • Chalet parks
  • Coaching inns
  • Country house hotels
  • Guest & boarding houses
  • Hostels
  • Hotels
  • Lodges
  • Holiday apartments, cottages or bungalows
  • Campsites
  • Boarding houses
  • Canal boats or other vessels
  • B&Bs
  • Catered holiday homes
  • Holiday homes

Personal care

  • Spas
  • Sauna and steam rooms 
  • Hairdressing salons
  • Tanning salons
  • Nail salons
  • Massage centres, massage treatments
  • Tattoo and piercing studios
  • Holistic therapy (reflexology, massage, acupuncture)
  • Barbers, groomers
  • Beauty salons
  • Beauticians, aesthetics
  • Other non-surgical treatments

Gyms & sport

  • Dance schools and centres
  • Dance studios
  • Gymnasia / fitness suites
  • Cricket centres
  • Ski centres
  • Sports and leisure centres
  • Outdoor sports centres
  • Outdoor adventure centres
  • Squash courts
  • Tennis centres
  • Sports courts
  • Swimming pools
  • Shooting and archery venues
  • Driving ranges
  • Water sport centres
  • Golf courses