COVID-19 Business Grants

The Government has announced a range of funding packages to support businesses impacted by Covid-19.

Restart grant

On 3 March 2021, the Government announced the introduction of grant support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym and sport businesses in England. This support will take the form of a one-off grant funding scheme in financial year 2021-2022 known as a Restart Grant.

The Restart Grant scheme is for businesses on the rating list only (i.e. those businesses who pay business rates on 1 April 2021). 

The amount you receive is defined by the Government based on your sector. Our sector thresholds page can help you understand what sector you are in.

Grants of up to £6,000 will be paid to non-essential retail business premises, to help them reopen safely. You can view the schemes definition of non-essential retail.

Grants of up to £18,000 will be allocated to the following sectors which may open later under plans set out in the Government’s roadmap and will be more impacted by restrictions when they do reopen. We have provided definitions for each sector:

You can check if you are eligible, see how much you will be awarded and apply here.

Apply for a Restart Grant

We aim to pay applicants within 14 days but in some cases it may take up to 28 days so please only contact us after that time.

If you need to contact us please have your Restart Business Grant application reference number ready (this will start BGR).

When the national lockdown was announced on 5 January 2021 if businesses had previously been paid a national lockdown grant between 5 November to 2 December we automatically paid businesses two further grant payments from 5 January 2021 to 15 February and from 16 February to 31 March 2021. 

If you have recently applied for a second national lockdown grant payment for the period 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 we aim to pay applicants within 14 days but in some cases it may take up to 28 days so please only contact us after that time.

If you have only just become aware of this grant scheme and would like to apply for the national lockdown grant payment from 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 please email us at businessgrants@solihull.gov.uk

The application closure date is Monday 31 May 2021.

Since 14 October 2020 various business grant schemes were announced to support businesses impacted by Covid-19.

The application period for all these schemes closed on Wednesday 31 March 2021. If you recently claimed and your application has not been declined, your payment will be made no later than 30 April 2021.