Covid 19 Business Grants Eligibility Criteria

Covid 19 Business Grants Eligibility Criteria

This page will provide you with details of the eligibility criteria and grant value for a range of Covid 19 business grants to support businesses through the Covid-19 restrictions.

It only includes information on grants that remain open for applications. For information on closed schemes, contact businesssupport@newcastle.gov.uk.

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Hardship Grant

This grant is aimed at supporting businesses that, as of 12th Aug 2021, were liable to pay the Late Night Levy. Eligible businesses will receive a letter inviting them to apply. Within this letter, they will find a Unique ID number which they will need when completing the application form. A business is able to apply for one grant per eligible property. When completing the application form, they must provide the Unique ID number that matches the relevant address. Applications must be received before the 1st December 2021 to be considered.

If you believe you are a Late Night Levy payer but have yet to receive your Unique ID number, please contact businesssupport@newcastle.go.uk with details of your business name and address.

Businesses are not eligible for support if:

  • They are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made
  • The award of grant would breach subsidy allowance limits

Evidence Requirements

Within an online application form, applicants will be asked to provide:

  • Their Unique ID number for their property
  • Company registration number (if applicable)
  • Business rates account number (if applicable)
  • Bank statements for the last 3 months that clearly show property costs

Audit checks will take place where you may be asked to support the evidence supplied. Should applicants be unable to provide satisfactory evidence, your application may be refused. If you have already received a grant, you will be required to return this to the Council. We reserve the right to request additional evidence at any time.

The level of grant available is based upon the following:

 

Grant calculation

Business was largely unaffected by legal restrictions during the pandemic (e.g. supermarkets, off licences)

No grant award

Business faced legal restrictions during the pandemic that impacted upon trading hours etc (e.g. pubs, bars)

Equivalent to 60% of the Late Night Levy bill for the period Nov 2019 – Oct 2022

Business legally required to remain closed between March 2020 and July 2021 (e.g. night clubs)

Equivalent to 125% of the Late Night Levy bill for the period Nov 2019 – Oct 2022

Covid Outbreak Support Fund

This grant is aimed at businesses operating out of commercial premises, that under normal circumstances are open to the public, but have been forced or chosen to close their premises due to staff shortages due to an outbreak of Covid-19.

The following criteria will apply:

  • Businesses must be able to demonstrate that they have been severely impacted due to a Covid-19 outbreak to qualify for grant support.
  • Eligible businesses must have at least 3 employees (this can include owners or directors working in the business)
  • Businesses must rely on their commercial premises being open to the public to trade (e.g. retail, bar, café, etc) and must not be able to conduct normal business from home
  • Businesses must have had to close to the public for at least 3 days
  • Businesses must be able to evidence they have been trading (i.e. making sales) for at least 3 months
  • Businesses must have been open for the four-week period prior to the relevant closure or restricted opening of the business due to the Covid-19 outbreak
  • A business can only apply for a grant once within any 28 day period.
  • An application must be received within 28 days of the period of closure commencing.

Businesses are not eligible for support if:

  • They are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made
  • The award of grant would breach subsidy allowance limits
  • They are operating their business from home
  • They 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

Businesses that occupy commercial premises but are not the registered business rates payer must also demonstrate they have fixed premises costs of at least £500 per month and can evidence these regular, ongoing payments in their business’ bank account.

Evidence Requirements

Within an online application form, applicants will be asked to provide:

  • Company registration number (if applicable)
  • Business rates account number (if applicable)
  • A statement outlining how the businesses has been severely impacted by the outbreak
  • Confirmation of the date the business closed, and that the period of consecutive days closure was not less than 3
  • Bank statements for the last 3 months that clearly show property costs
  • Evidence that staff have Covid-19 or have been required to isolate (Track & Trace app screenshot, public health letter, etc)

 

If the business is not registered as the business rates payer they will need to provide a copy of a signed lease or licence for their property. This can be provided separately by email by contacting businesssupport@newcastle.gov.uk quoting your application form reference number.

Audit checks will take place where you may be asked to support the evidence supplied. Should applicants be unable to provide satisfactory evidence, your application may be refused. If you have already received a grant, you will be required to return this to the Council. We reserve the right to request additional evidence at any time.

The level of grant available is based upon the number of staff employed by the business at the premises affected.

 

 

3 or more consecutive days closed

3-5 employees*

£1,000

6-10 employees*

£2,000

More than 10 employees*

£3,000

*This is either full time or part time employees, not full-time equivalents.

will also be shared with all teams within the Council who are likely to come into contact with businesses who may be eligible.

Digital Tech Resilience Grant

The Digital Tech Resilience Grant aims to primarily support SMEs that rely on in-person custom within their commercial premises (though SMEs in other circumstances will also be considered) and have already accessed the free digital consultancy support provided by the North of Tyne Combined Authority funded ‘Digital Pathfinders’ programme. The ‘Digital Pathfinders’ team will help the SME identify appropriate technology that will help make their workplaces more efficient and Covid resilient, and our grant would cover 50% of the cost of the technology (up to a maximum of £3k) with the SME contributing the remainder.

 The following criteria will apply:

  • The business must be based within Newcastle
  • The business must have been referred for a grant by the Digital Pathfinders team.
  • The business must meet all the qualifying criteria for Digital Pathfinders support, and have completed all necessary paperwork, including a data sharing agreement between the Digital Pathfinder team and Newcastle City Council (where appropriate)
  • With the support of the Digital Pathfinders team, the business must be able to evidence that their digital technology investment is appropriate for the business; provides value for money; and should lead to an increase in Covid resilience.
  • An increase in Covid resilience is judged to be any activity that ultimately reduces the risk to the business, staff and customers caused by new Covid related cases, or mitigates against future occurrences. Examples include but are not limited to the following:
    • Technology that reduces the need for direct face to face interactions
    • Technology that better manages the movement of people
    • Technology that allows for multi-channel sales
  • The Digital Tech Resilience Grant will be paid retrospectively once evidence of spend has been provided to Newcastle City Council.
  • The grant will cover 50% of the overall project cost of the investment, up to a maximum grant award of £3,000. There is no minimum grant award.
  • We expect project costs to be external costs to the applicant. We will not reimburse internal charges e.g. internal staff time.
  • Only one grant will be awarded per business.

 Businesses are not eligible for support if:

  • They are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made
  • The award of grant would breach subsidy allowance limits

Audit checks will take place where you may be asked to support the evidence supplied. Should applicants be unable to provide satisfactory evidence, your application may be refused. If you have already received a grant, you will be required to return this to the Council. We reserve the right to request additional evidence at any time.

Grant Award Process

The Council has been awarded limited funds from Government for these scheme and it is expected that there will be a high level of demand from business. 

Grant awards will be made at the levels set out above to applicants satisfying the above eligibility criteria, subject to the availability of resources. 

Applications for grant will be made through a dedicated online grant portal and business will be required to confirm they are eligible for the scheme(s). 

A grant may be paid for each qualifying property from which an applicant business operates eligible activity. A separate application must be submitted for each eligible property. 

Payments will be made directly to approved recipients’ bank accounts by electronic transfer. 

Beneficiaries will receive written confirmation stating that by accepting the grant payment, the business confirms that they are eligible for the grant scheme, including that any payments accepted will be subject to state aid requirements. 

Subsidy Control 

The United Kingdom has now left the European Union, and there is a new UK subsidy control regime. The previous State aid rules no longer apply in most circumstances. 

Under this new subsidy control regime, the Council is permitted to award an individual/organisation up to approximately £335,000 (as of 2 March 2021, subject to currency fluctuations) in any three fiscal years. Funding is subject to this allowance not being exceeded during that period. This £335,000 allowance also includes any previous funding you/your organisation received as de minimis State aid (under the previous regime). Applicants will be required to declare any such subsidy/aid received in the last three years. 

(Further information on this allowance can be found within Section 5.1 of the guidance) 

Where this limit has been exceeded, it may still be possible for the Council to provide funding support. Applicants in this position should contact businesssupport@newcastle.gov.uk for further details.  

For example it may be possible, subject to eligibility, to provide additional funding under the COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance or COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance. 

Other Information 

Grant income received by a business is taxable. Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax. 

The Government and the Council will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud and any business falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error. 

The Council does not accept any liability for any issues that may arise for businesses because of applying for, receiving, or not receiving grant payments under this scheme. 

The Council reserves the right to vary the terms, or close the schemes at any time, and without notice, should it be necessary to do so. 

There is no appeal process. 

Enquiries about the scheme can be emailed to businesssupport@newcastle.gov.uk 

Go here  to go back to the business support page.


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