COVID-19 Business Grants

The Government has announced a range of funding packages to support businesses impacted by Covid-19. The support provided will vary depending on the alert level of each area. Support will be available to businesses if their area is placed in Tier 2 (high), Tier 3 (very high), Tier 4 or during a national lockdown.

Tier 4 Grant Funding 

Solihull was in Tier 4 from Thursday 31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021

The Tier 4 Business Grant Scheme applies to businesses in Solihull that were mandated to close as part of the Tier 4 restrictions and who are liable to pay  business rates. 

Grant payments will be made to businesses on a pro-rata basis for the days in the Tier 4 period – 31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 a total of 5 days:  

  • £238 for business properties appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 31 December 2020
  • £357 for business properties appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 
  • £536 for business properties appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above 

Businesses do not need to make an application for the Tier 4 grant if we have paid you a business grant under the national lockdown scheme (5 November to 2 December 2020). We will use the information you provided on your previous application and pay you on that basis.

National Lockdown Grant Funding from 5 January 2021 

The National Lockdown Grant Scheme applies to businesses in Solihull that were mandated to close and who are liable to pay business rates.  

Grant payments will be made to businesses who were closed from 5 January 2021 who are non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

Where you have been required to close your main, in-person service but have adapted to operate takeaway, click and collect or online with delivery services, it will be considered closed and be eligible to receive a grant under this scheme because its substantive business must close.

Businesses must have been trading the day before national restrictions came into force to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme. Where businesses were closed due to restrictions that preceded the national restrictions, it is accepted that those businesses are still trading.

Grant payments will be made to cover a 6-week period from 5 January 2021. 

  • Businesses occupying properties on the local rating list on 5 January 2021 with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £2,001 per 42-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying properties on the local rating list on 5 January 2021 with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £3,000 per 42-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying properties on the local rating list on 5 January 2021 with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above will receive £4,500 per 42-day qualifying restriction period.

Please note any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the hereditament) after 5 January 2021, including changes which have been backdated to this date, should be ignored for the purposes of eligibility.

Exclusions:

  • Businesses that are able to conduct their main service because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors).
  • Businesses in areas outside the scope of the national restrictions, as defined by Government, are also excluded.
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Businesses will not need to make an application for the National Lockdown Grant from 5 January 2021 if we have previously paid you a business grant under the national lockdown scheme ( 5 November to 2 December 2020). We will use the information you provided on your application and pay you on that basis. Payment of this grant will be made into your nominated bank account by Friday 22 January 2021

Please note : You will be paid this grant on the basis you still meet the eligibility criteria on your initial application form and the state aid/subsidy requirements outlined on our website. By accepting the grant payment, you confirm you are eligible for the grant scheme and will notify us if you no longer meet the eligibility criteria (for example, if you become insolvent).

Closed Business Lockdown Payment - One off Top up Grant 

On 5 January 2021 the Government announced a one-off grant payment to retail, hospitality and leisure business who are closed. Further information can be found here.  The grant payment will be made to business rate payers based on their rateable value.  These grants payments will be: 

  • £4,000 for a business occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under 
  • £6,000 for a business occupying hereditaments with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 
  • £9,000 for a business occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above

Any retail, hospitality and leisure business which is legally required to close, and which cannot operate effectively remotely, is eligible for a grant.  This will be in addition to the ongoing grant paid under the national lockdown scheme.

Exclusions:

  • Businesses that are able to conduct their main service because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors).
  • Businesses in areas outside the scope of the national restrictions, as defined by Government, are also excluded.
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

You will not need to apply for a Closed Lockdown Payment if we paid you a business grant under the national lockdown scheme (5 November to 2 December 2020).  We will use the information you supplied from your previous application to make this additional Top up payment. Payment of this grant will be made into your nominated bank account by Friday 22 January 2021. 

Please note : You will be paid this grant on the basis you still meet the eligibility criteria on your initial application form and the state aid/subsidy requirements outlined on our website. By accepting the grant payment, you confirm you are eligible for the grant scheme and will notify us if you no longer meet the eligibility criteria (for example, if you become insolvent).

Discretionary Business Grant Scheme

The Discretionary Business Grant Scheme applies to businesses in Solihull impacted by the Covid restrictions and who either do not pay business rates or who do pay business rates but are not eligible for one of the other business grant schemes.

Please note if you received a Discretionary Business Grant payment in December 2020 you will not need to apply again as we will automatically send you a top up payment.

You can check if you are eligible, see how the grant is calculated, how much is awarded and apply for funding here.

You can also view the Discretionary Business Grant Scheme Policy.

Grant Support prior to 4 January 2021

If you have recently become aware of the support available under the business grant schemes, you can still apply for a grant from when Solihull was placed into Tier 2 on 14 October 2020.  The previous schemes are covered below: 

State aid

When making an application for a business grant, each applicant will need to consider the implications of State aid on their business and if they are within the permitted limits. Before making an application for any of the business grant schemes, please read the information here

Open Grant Scheme

For businesses that are open from 2 December 2020 but who are severely impacted by the localised restrictions

The Government provided additional funding to support businesses in Tier 2 (high) or Tier 3 (very high)  alert areas which were not legally closed but were severely impacted by the localised restrictions on socialising that were put in place to manage Covid-19.

If you were open for business from 2 December 2020 and in the hospitality sector, are a hotel or bed and breakfast, in the events sector, leisure sector, or travel you can check if you are eligible and apply for funding.

For those businesses that do not pay business rates a maximum of one grant will be considered. This will apply if more than one Limited Company has the same director (s), where more than one business has the same proprietor (either sole traders or partnerships) and/or where multiple businesses are ran from the same address (excluding those in shared office buildings).

Apply for funding

Closed Grant Scheme

For businesses mandated to close from 2 December 2020

The Government is providing further funding to support businesses that are required to close due to local restrictions being put in place to manage Covid-19.

Solihull was placed in Tier 3 from 2 December. Businesses mandated to close under Tier 3 can be found at Gov.UK.

If you previously applied for a business grant during the national lockdown and are still mandated to close under the Tier 3 scheme, we will use the information you previously provided to see if you qualify for a grant under the closed scheme from 2 December 2020.  If you are eligible, we will email you. You will not be eligible if you are now open and trading.

Additional help for businesses in the Hospitality and Leisure Sector with a Rateable Value of £51,000 or above

Your business may be eligible for an additional grant if you meet the following criteria:

  • Your business is in the hospitality sector, leisure sector or you are a hotel that is not part of a chain and your business has not previously received a £25,000 grant
  • Your business is liable for business rates and your rateable value is £51,000 or above
  • Your business has received a Tier 2 and/or a National Lockdown Grant
  • Your business has adhered to and implemented all of the restrictions required in response to Covid

Solihull Council will identify those businesses who meet the above criteria and will automatically award the additional grant. The grant will be a one off payment of £25,000.

Christmas Support Payment (for Wet Led Pubs)

The Government announced a one off Christmas Support Payment, an additional £1,000 payment for “Wet Led pubs”. These are pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than food in Tiers 2 and 3 in lieu of Christmas trade. 

To apply for this grant please complete the form here.

The deadline for completing applications is 31 January 2021.

Nightclubs and Hostess bars

The Government provided further funding to support businesses that have been required to close on a national basis since 23 March 2020 due to restrictions being put in place to control the spread of Covid-19. This includes nightclubs, dance halls, discotheques, sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars.

If you are in this sector, we will identify if you are eligible and contact you.

Grant Support prior to 2 December 2020

If you have recently become aware of the support available under the business grant schemes, you can still apply for a grant either from when Solihull was placed into Tier 2 on 14 October 2020 to 1 December 2020 or from 5 November 2020 to 1 December 2020 during the National Lockdown.

Tier 2 Business Grant Funding

For businesses affected from 14 October to 4 November 2020

The Government provided additional funding to support businesses in high-alert areas which were not legally closed but were severely impacted by the localised restrictions on socialising under Tier 2 that were put in place to manage Covid-19.

If you are in the hospitality sector, hotel, B&B, and leisure businesses you can check if you are eligible and apply for funding.

Apply for funding

National Lockdown Grant Funding

For businesses affected from 5 November to 2 December 2020

The Government is providing funding to support businesses that were required to close due to national restrictions being put in place to manage Covid-19.

Businesses are eligible if they have been mandated to close by Government. They include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality/events businesses.

Apply for funding

We will aim to process all grant applications as quickly as possible and within 10 working days.

The deadline for completing applications is 31 January 2021.

Other help and support

The latest advice for businesses can be found here: