Shropshire Council

COVID-19 business grants

During the course of the second and third periods of national lockdown, spanning the periods from November 2020 to the end of March 2021, the Prime Minister has provided support to many non-essential businesses who were required to remain closed.

The recent Budget Announcement on 3 March 2021 indicated that additional Restart Grants for non-essential retail and larger awards for hospitality businesses would be available to support their reopening activity. 

This page provides access to the funds available that are being delivered by Shropshire Council to support those businesses affected by the lockdowns and other COVID-19 restrictions.

What are the latest business grants?

Restart Grant

On 3 March 2021, Government announced the introduction of grant support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England.

Under the Restart Grant scheme, Local Authorities will receive funding to be allocated in one-off grants to businesses under two strands to those in non-essential Retail, and Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business.

  1. Grants of up to £6,000 (dependant on rateable value) will be paid to non-essential retail business premises, to help them reopen safely, on or after 12 April 2021
  2. Grants of up to £18,000 (dependant on rateable value) will be allocated to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises, which may open later under plans set out in the 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 the above sectors (B2C)

Businesses previously approved under earlier LRSG grants will be considered for the Restart Grant scheme, however Government have confirmed that further information is required. Businesses will be contacted and prompted to complete a verification form to provide this additional information and confirm eligibility. Until this is completed no grant awards can be made.

Further information can be found through the Restart Grant page.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG)

Businesses that are eligible are those that have been mandated to close by Government, and include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

The government have advised that funds administered through the LRSG schemes (including CBLG and Christmas Support Payment) will be closing shortly for new applicants. If your business is based within one of the eligible sectors and you have not previously applied, we would urge you to make an application before these upcoming deadlines.

Please note that these deadlines differ dependant on the date period and will close between Sunday 28 February and Monday 31 May - further details can be found on the Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) page.

Businesses making their first application to Shropshire Council must meet the eligibility criteria to apply.

Please note: If you have already submitted an application for a grant since November 2020, and have received a payment from us you do not need to apply again. We already have your details and if your business qualifies for a further grant award this will be made as soon as possible.  You will still need to complete the verification email to receive the Restart Grant.

Discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant (DARG)

Rounds 1 and 2 of DARG closed to applications in December 2020 and February 2021 respectively.

Round 3 closed on 30 April 2021.

Frequently asked questions

We understand that this a hard time for businesses, and that you may have questions or concerns about the grants and the application process. To help, we have set up a dedicated page of frequently asked questions, which will be updated as needed. Please do take a look at these before contacting us.

We ask that you do not contact us to follow up on your request or payment. Doing so requires us to redirect limited resources to answer calls and individual enquiries, slowing our ability to check and process payments to everyone as quickly as possible.