Coronavirus – Support for businesses
Please note: Coronavirus Business Grants applications are administered on our behalf by GrantApproval.co.uk. You will be taken away from Sandwell Council's website to www.grantapproval.co.uk to make your application.
From 31 December 2020 until 4 January 2021, Sandwell was subject to Tier 4 Restrictions. During this period some businesses were mandated to close. Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) Addendum payments will be available for this period.
From 5 January 2021 until 15 February 2021 National Lockdown Restrictions have been imposed by the government. Businesses may be eligible for a Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) Addendum for this period.
In addition, during the lockdown period a further Closed Business Lockdown Payment of between £4,000 and £9,000 will be made available to businesses in the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors.
To apply for any of the grants listed, please use the 'Apply for a business grant' button at the bottom of the page.
Local Restriction Support Grant for National Lockdown
The government announced a national lockdown on 31 October 2020 effective in Sandwell from 5 November 2020 until 2 December 2020.
To support businesses that have been required to close during this period a business grant scheme has been introduced.
Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary Scheme)
A discretionary scheme has also been announced to provide further support for:
- Businesses that have closed but do not pay business rates, and
- Businesses that have not been required to close, but are still severely impacted by national lockdown restriction.
The current application form is for the period 3 December 2020 until 31 December 2020. Businesses that have already been awarded the grant for the period 5 November 2020 until 2 December 2020 need not apply for this second payment and will be awarded the second four-week period automatically. This application process is open to new applicants who would be receiving a Additional Restrictions Grant for the first time.
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector specific)
Businesses such as nightclubs that were required to close on a national level since 23 March 2020 may be entitled to claim a business grant effective from 1 November 2020.
As Sandwell is currently subject to ier 3 restrictions this grant award is only payable from 1 to 4 November 2020. At this point any businesses meeting these criteria will be able to apply for a grant under the Local Restriction Support (Closed) Addendum Grant Scheme.
Local Covid Alert Level–High (Tier 2) and Very High (Tier 3)
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open businesses)
For the period from 14 October 2020 to 4 November 2020 when Sandwell was placed under tier 2 restrictions some businesses may be eligible for a business support grant payment. This grant scheme targets hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure businesses that were still open but severely impacted by the restrictions.
For the period from 3 December 2020 to 30 December 2020 when Sandwell was placed under tier 3 restrictions some businesses may be eligible for a business support grant payment. This grant scheme targets hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure businesses that were still open but severely impacted by the restrictions.
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed businesses)
Businesses that are required to close during periods of tier 3 local restrictions may be eligible to receive a business support grant.
For more information about all of the Local Restrictions Support Grants available to businesses listed above visit the Government guidance regarding Local Restriction Support Grants.
Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs (CSP)
Wet-led pubs which derive less than 50% of its income from sales of food may be eligible for an additional one off grant payment of £1000 for the period 2 December 2020 to 29 December 2020. This grant is in addition to any other grants available. Closing Date for applications is 28 February 2021. Any applications received after this date cannot be considered.
Business support from the Government
You can get the latest information on support for businesses by visiting the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's website.
Fire risk assessments
Advice to businesses about the importance of having an up-to-date fire risk assessment.
More advice for businesses – Think Sandwell
You can also visit our Think Sandwell website for more information about support available for businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.