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Local Restrictions Support Grant

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The Local Restrictions Support Grant helps businesses that have been required to close due to the government's local lockdown restrictions or if your business remains closed under national restrictions.

There are now three grants available to businesses who have been closed or severely impacted by the Tier 2 and/or the Tier 3 or National Closure or Lockdown Restrictions.

Local Restrictions Support Grant - Closed

This grant scheme supports businesses in Preston with a rateable value, that have been instructed to close due to either local lockdown restrictions, or national closure, imposed by Government.

A business that has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises, for example a restaurant that has had to close its substantive business, but is providing a takeaway service, is deemed to be closed.

For more information and how to apply for this grant please visit the Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses required to closed page.

View the Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses that closed

Businesses with a Rateable Value that have been Severely Impacted

This grant scheme supports businesses in Preston with a rateable value only.

This grant is for businesses that were open as usual, providing services in person to customers, but which have been severely impacted, due to local and national restrictions imposed by Government.   

It covers specific businesses in the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sectors of the local economy that weren't legally required to close but were severely impacted by Local Covid Alert Level ("LCAL") "High" restrictions (Tier 2) from 8 August 2020 and "Very High" restrictions (Tier 3) from 17 October 2020, or the "National Lockdown" from 5 November 2020.

For more information and how to apply for this grant please visit the Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses that stayed open page.

View the Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses that stayed open

Businesses unable to apply for the grants above or without a Rateable Value that have been either Closed or Severely Impacted

The Additional Restrictions Grants are for businesses without a rateable value that have been closed or severely impacted by the additional restrictions put in place by the move to Tier 3 and/or National Lockdown.

Businesses unable to apply for the grants above or without a Rateable Value that have been either Closed or Severely Impacted can apply for this grant. 

For more information and how to apply for this grant please visit the Additional Restrictions Grants page.

View the Additional Restrictions Grant

Payments

We aim to pay successful applications within seven working days upon receipt of a valid application

If restrictions continue beyond 2 December 2020 then any further grant payments due will be automatically generated for all businesses still forced to close or severely impacted by the additional restrictions.

For the Additional Restrictions Grant - we aim to process applications within 15 working days - subject to applications being complete and all necessary evidence provided.                                                                               

Application methods and Queries

If you are able to apply online this is the quickest way for your application to be processed.  If you have any problems with the online form, please let us know and we will be happy to assist you.

If you have any questions about these schemes, please contact us as follows:

Please note: The information on this page is based on current government guidance and may be subject to change or further refinement.

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This grant scheme supports businesses in Preston with a rateable value, that were open as usual, providing services in person to customers, but which have been severely impacted.
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The grant will help businesses that have been required to close due to the government's local lockdown restrictions in tier 3.
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Additional Restrictions Grant is a discretionary grant and available at the point the Council first entered LCAL Tier 3 restrictions (17 October 2020).

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