Financial support for businesses affected by coronavirus

Support is available for business rate payers as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Find out more about Business Rates.

Business Support Grants

Businesses in the New Forest that are the business ratepayer in occupation of the premises and which have been legally required to close due to Tier/national restrictions can apply for a grant. 

Businesses that are the business ratepayer in occupation of the premises can also apply for the following grants where relevant:

  • business in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors that were financially impacted by Tier 2 restrictions from 2 December 2020 may be eligible for extra support for the period prior to the date they were legally required to close
  • one-off Christmas Support Payment of £1,000 where a pub takes less than 50% of its income from food sales
  • one-off Closed Business Lockdown Payment of between £4,000 and £9,000.

If your business is a pub or bar, and you have already completed a business support grant claim for the period from 2 December 2020, you do not need to fill in another form to receive further grant payments or the one-off closed business lockdown payment.  We will contact you about your grant payments.

You can find out more information and details on how to apply below.

If you have not been legally required to close your business premises, or you are not a business rate payer, for example your business is based at your home address, you may be eligible for a Discretionary Grant if there is a scheme open and accepting applications.  Further details are below.

Grants for businesses not eligible for the above Business Support Grants because they are not the business ratepayer in occupation of the premises or were not legally required to close their business premises

Support after 15 February 2021

There is no further discretionary support confirmed by Government for the period of restrictions after 15 February 2021.

Should this change, we will update businesses via this webpage and via our business enews.

Please do not contact us for updates on post 15 February 2021 funding as we are currently processing a large volume of ARG 2 applications. Please be assured that as soon as we have any updates, we will let you know via our enewsletter and on this webpage.

To receive updates about this and other support schemes sign up to our business eNewsletter for updates.

Closed for Applications: Additional Restrictions (Discretionary) Grant Issue 2 (ARG2) for the period of restrictions 2 December 2020 - 15 February 2021

The Additional Restrictions (Discretionary) Grant Issue 2 (ARG2) supported certain types of eligible business, that were impacted (but not necessarily forced to closed) by the national restrictions for the period 2 December 2020 - 15 February 2021. 

Businesses were able to apply for the ARG Issue 2 grant from 2 February 2021 until midday on 26 February 2021. This scheme is now closed to new applications.

This scheme followed on from the ARG Issue 1 scheme for the period of restrictions 5 November - 1 December 2020. Businesses were able to apply to ARG Issue 1 from 25 November 2020 until 29 January 2020. This scheme is now closed to new applications.

We are currently processing a large volume of ARG 2 applications. As such, please do not contact us to enquire on the progress of your application. Please be assured we will process applications as quickly as possible and you will be notified of the outcome.

The Discretionary grants are administered by the Economic Development team who can be contacted on businesssupport@nfdc.gov.uk

To receive updates about this and other support schemes sign up to our business eNewsletter for updates.

Local restrictions support grants

Funding has been made available to offer further support to local businesses which have been legally forced to close from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 due to the national restrictions put in place to manage coronavirus.  

The one-off grant payable to an eligible business depends on the rateable value of the property:

  • for properties with a rateable value of £15,000 and under, grants will be £1,334 per four weeks
  • for properties with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000, grants will be £2,000 per four weeks
  • for properties with a rateable value of £51,000 and over, grants will be £3,000 per four weeks

To be eligible for a grant you must be the ratepayer and your business must have been open and trading on 4 November 2020 and providing in-person services to customers.  This includes non-essential retail, hospitality venues, leisure and sports facilities, entertainment venues, community centres and halls and personal care facilities (such as hair, beauty and nail salons).  Where a business is required to close and is instead providing a takeaway or click and collect service, they are eligible to claim the grant. 

To apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant use the online form below.

For further details download our Local Restrictions Support Grant policy below.  If you have any queries please contact us at nndr@nfdc.gov.uk

Icon for pdf Local Restrictions Support Grant Policy [238.75KB]

Visit the GOV.UK website for full details of coronavirus business support grant funding.

Sign up to our business support eNewsletter for updates on business support, funding opportunities and service improvements.

Business Rates holiday

Some businesses are eligible for a Business Rates holiday for one year from 1 April 2020.

You may be eligible for the 100% discount on your Business Rates bill in either of the following circumstances:

  • your business occupies a property in the retail sector
  • your business occupies a property in the leisure or hospitality sectors.

If you are not currently receiving a reduction, please fill in the  Expanded Retail Discount form.

The full discount is available for registered childcare nurseries with providers on Ofsted's Early Years Register, who mainly occupy premises for provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

If you're eligible for the discount and haven't received it yet, call us on 01590 646119 or email nndr@nfdc.gov.uk

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