Coronavirus: Restart Grant

The Restart Grant is a one-off grant for businesses occupying a property that is assessed for business rates (i.e. there is an entry in the Rating Lists).  If the property is not assessed for business rates or the applicant is not occupying or is not trading from it on the 1 April 2021, the business will not be eligible for the Restart Grant.

This Grant is available to businesses in the Non-Essential Retail sector and those in the Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care and Gym sectors.  The grant will be determined by the sector of the business and the rateable value of the property as shown below:

Table showing grant details for business types
Business Sector Type RV exactly £15,000 or under RV of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 RV of exactly £51,000 or over

Non-Essential Retail




Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care and Gym




Who can claim a Restart Grant?

Under the Restart Grant scheme, Businesses, occupying and trading from a business property can receive a one-off grant, to help them re-open safely from the 1st of April 2021.

Grants are available for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises, which may re-open later than the 1st of April 2021 under plans set out in the Government roadmap, and will be more impacted by restrictions when they do reopen.

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses that are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public in these sectors.

Trading is defined as:

  • The business has staff on furlough
  • The business continues to trade online, via click and collect services etc.
  • The business is not in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking off notice or under notice
  • The business is engaged in business activity; managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning and implementing COVID-safe measures

You must be the Business Rates payer in order to apply and have the capacity to do so i.e. business owner, partner, company secretary/director, trustee of a charity, chair/treasurer of a not for profit making organisation.  Applications received from third parties will be declined.

Businesses that are not eligible

  • Businesses that are not on the rating list
  • Businesses that are not occupying and trading from the property on 1 April 2021
  • Businesses that are in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted Subsidy Allowances (formerly known as State Aid)

Business Sector Types

Definitions of business sector types relating to those in the Non-Essential Retail, Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care and Gym sectors are shown below:

Non-essential retail: a business that is open to the public and is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or 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.

Hospitality: a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink

Leisure: a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming

Accommodation: a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.

Gym & Sport: a commercial establishment where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis, using exercise equipment or open floor space with or without instruction, or where individual and group sporting, athletic and physical activities are participated in competitively or recreationally.

Personal care: a business which provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing.

For more information on the types of businesses that are eligible please view our examples of Restart Grant businesses.

If you are no longer entitled

You must notify the council straight away if your business is no longer eligible for a grant after submitting your application. To do this please email [email protected] quoting “Restart Grant” in the subject line.

This could be because the business:

  • No longer meets the eligibility criteria for this grant
  • Enters into administration or becomes insolvent
  • Reaches the Subsidy Allowance limit of €3,000,000 for Covid-19 support

If your business is paid a grant that it is not entitled to the funding will be reclaimed, and any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution.

Apply for a Restart Grant

Apply for a Restart Grant

The closing date for all applications is 30 June 2021.

Any applications received after 30 June 2021 will not be considered.

Once your application has been submitted we will process it as quickly as possible. We are grateful to businesses for their patience and understanding.