Applying for business rate relief and other grants due to coronavirus

National Lockdown

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. 

Apply for a Local Restriction Support Grant due to National Lockdown

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.

Apply for an Additional Restictions Grant (Discretionary Scheme)


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 a national lockdown 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.

Any businesses meeting this criteria should initially complete the Local Restriction Support Grant due to National Lockdown online application form and in doing so we will consider eligibility for both grants.

If national lockdown restrictions end on 2 December 2020 we will be able to identify and write to those businesses eligible for Sector grant payments to determine if grant payments may continue.


Local Covid Alert Level–High (Tier 2) & 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.  An online form will be made available to apply for this retrospective payment shortly

If, in the future, Sandwell is subject to either tier 2 or tier 3 restrictions, businesses may be eligible for a payment via this grant scheme.


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.  Should this apply in Sandwell an online form will be made available for applications.

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.