Grants available for local businesses

Information about support that is available to local businesses and the actions we are taking to support the local economy.

As the pandemic has progressed various grant schemes to support local businesses have been introduced.   

These grants have covered:  

  • Rated businesses that have been forced to close during restrictions  
  • Businesses that have been open but severely impacted by restrictions  
  • Discretionary grants for businesses that did not pay rates to the council   
  • Businesses sharing space with other businesses 

The closing date for most of the grants for periods up to 15 February 2021 was 31 March 2021 and the council cannot accept an applications for rated businesses for the Tier 2 , Tier 3 November lockdown , Tier 4 and January lockdown payments after this date. 

Any outstanding applications received prior to 31 March 2021 are still being processed and there is a final deadline for making the payment of 30 April 2021. These deadlines have been set but the government and the council does not have any discretion regarding these dates.

Businesses who have not previously applied for grants when closed or have recently moved to rated premises in Hillingdon and are trading ahead of opening may still apply for the grant for the period 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 here. 

Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme. 

Apply for the LRSG (Closed) 

This 31 March 2021 deadline does not affect the council's discretionary Additional Grant Scheme, details of which can be found below.  

The government has announced a Restart Grant scheme as part of the Budget Announcement on 3 March 2021 and you can find more information on this page

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) 

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) provides additional funding for local authorities to support businesses that have had their trade affected by the national restrictions and tier restrictions. This includes: 

  • closed businesses that don't pay business rates  
  • businesses that are in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors that do not pay rates, have not been required to close, but are still severely impacted  
  • businesses that pay rates that have not had access to earlier grant schemes  

Each local authority has the discretion to establish business grant schemes or other business support as best fits their area. 

We have reviewed the scheme and made a number of changes which will significantly increase the number of businesses eligible for payments. 

Including expanding payments to the following for non-rated premises that have been open during restrictions:

  • business not mandated to close but can demonstrate severe impact (excluding food retail and pharmacy retail)  
  • supply chain to the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors   
  • events and events supply chain including weddings and related services. 
  • travel, tourism and airport related sector   
  • supply chain to retail and construction.   
  • personal and professional trainers/instructors   
  • professional services  

If your business is in the above list and you already applied for the ARG, please do not reapply. We will be automatically reviewing all earlier applications against the new criteria.

We have reduced the qualifying criteria to demonstrate severe impact from 50% to 30% loss of turnover. 

There are also new streams for registered businesses working from domestic premises and hackney carriages type taxis. 

More details can be found in the full ARG guidance [276KB]

Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme. 

Apply here

Please note: It is important that you read the guidance in full before making your application, as there are different sets of criteria. If you apply for the wrong stream, it will delay payment and may invalidate your application. 

Important notice regarding all discretionary grant payments 

We will not pay grants to those businesses who are failing to comply with legal restrictions imposed by the government to safeguard the health of the public from the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Such failures include, but are not limited to: 

  • refusing to close a business where there is a requirement to do so 
  • refusing to restrict the numbers of people attending their businesses in accordance with limits prescribed by government 
  • failing to ensure that staff and members of the public wear appropriate face coverings 

For the avoidance of doubt, we will refuse to pay grants to any businesses that it has issued Fixed Penalty Notices to as a result of a failure to comply with government restrictions. 

Download details of payments for all various schemes [71KB]

Business support grants available for 1 April 2021 onwards

We will continue to publish information on new grants for businesses on this page of our website. 

View information on the Restart Grant

    Page last updated: 01 Apr 2021