Available Grants and Business Support – Detailed Guidance

There are a number of grants and business support schemes available which you may be eligible for. We will continue to provide the latest updates on grants and business support that is available.

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Available Grants (Leeds & Bradford):

Coronavirus business support grants: national restrictions

Businesses required to close due to the government’s national lockdown restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020 can now apply for support online.

Who can apply?

Businesses required to close

To be eligible for this support grant, your business must have been required to close, or remain closed, by the restrictions. Shops, pubs, bars and restaurants that were required to close on 5 November but now offer takeaway, click and collect or delivery may also apply for this grant.

You can go to the gov.uk website for a guide on businesses which have had to close as well as other venues which have had to close.

To be eligible for the Coronavirus business support grant, your business must:

  • be in Leeds or Bradford
  • have been open as usual before the national restrictions were introduced
  • have been providing services in person to customers on the premises
  • be required to close on 5 November by the national restrictions (you may still qualify if you now offer takeaway or click and collect instead)
  • have been registered as the occupier for business rates on 5 November 2020

Your business must also:

  • Be registered for Business Rates with Leeds/Bradford Council and be the ratepayer
  • Have been open and operating a mainly “in person” service until 4th November 2020

Your business will not qualify for support under this scheme if it was in administration, insolvent or a striking off order was in place at the time the restrictions started.

How much you will get

The amount you get depends on the rateable value of your premises. You can find the rateable value on your latest business rates bill. If your application is successful, you will get a single fixed amount grant to cover the 4-week period of national restrictions.

Rateable value of premises

Grant amount

£15,000 or under


£15,001 to £50,999


£51,000 or over


Multiple premises

If your business usually trades from multiple premises, you will need to apply separately for each one

How to apply and what you’ll need

Leeds Claims:

You can start your application and find out what you will need to make a claim here – https://forms.leeds.gov.uk/BusinessGrants/

Bradford Claims:

You can start your application and find out what you will need to make a claim here –  https://online.bradford.gov.uk/ufs/COVID_LOCAL_Lockdown_Support_Grant_LSGR_CLOSED.eb?ebd=0&ebz=2_1606467483471

Available Grant (Leeds):

Discretionary business support grant: fixed property costs

Deadline: midnight on 8 December 2020.

This grant is designed to help eligible businesses or charities to pay some of their fixed property costs, such as:

  • rent
  • mortgage payments
  • business rates
  • service charges

Who can apply?

To apply for Discretionary business support grant, your business/charity must:

  • be in Leeds
  • be based in a business premises (not your home or other domestic premises)
  • have fixed property costs of at-least £4,000 a year
  • have been forced to close or been severely impacted by coronavirus restrictions since 25 September 2020

Who cannot apply?

You cannot apply if your business or charity:

  • is based in your home or other domestic property
  • was in administration, insolvent or a striking off order was in place at the time the restrictions started
  • you have exceeded the permitted state aid threshold

 How much could receive

The amount you receive depends on your situation and how much your property costs are.

You may get help to pay up to 50% of your fixed property costs for the time period 1 October 2020 to 31 March 2021 (up to a maximum of £10,000).

The online application form will give you an indication of how much support you may qualify for, based on the answers you give.

You may qualify for a larger grant if you can prove that you’re expecting at least a 30% loss of business income compared to last year.

How to apply and what you’ll need

You can start your application and find out what you will need to make a claim here – https://forms.leeds.gov.uk/DiscretionaryGrantFixedPropertyCosts/

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS): Deadline Information

Claim deadlines:

  • Submit any claims for periods up to 31‌‌‌ ‌October on or before 30‌‌‌ ‌‌November – they will not be accepted after this date. Claims are subject to eligibility and the rules in force at the time.
  • Submit any claims for November, no later than 14‌‌‌ ‌December. You can claim before, during or after you process your payroll if your claim is submitted by the deadline.

For claim periods from 1‌‌ ‌December, employers cannot claim CJRS grants for any days that their employee is serving a contractual or statutory notice period, including notice of retirement or resignation.

VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme

Businesses who deferred VAT due from 20 March to 30 June 2020 will now have the option to pay in smaller payments over a longer period. Instead of paying the full amount by the end of March 2021, businesses can make up to 11 smaller monthly payments, interest free.

All instalments must be paid by the end of March 2022. They will need to opt-in to the scheme, and for those who do, this means that their deferred VAT liabilities do not need to be paid by the end of March 2021.

The VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme will require a Direct Debit to be set up as part of the digital opt-in process and this must be done by the authorised bank account holder.

You can find further information on GOV.UK by searching ‘Pay VAT deferred due to coronavirus’.

Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

The third grant, which offers 80% of three months’ average trading profits, paid out in a single taxable instalment capped at £7,500, will be available covering the period from 1 November 2020 to 29 January 2021. Self-employed people who are eligible and in need of support will be able to claim the third grant at any time from 30 November 2020 to 29 January 2021. 

To make a claim for the third grant, you must meet several conditions, and make an honest assessment about whether you reasonably believe your trading profits will be significantly reduced due to coronavirus.  

As previously, the third grant will also be subject to Income Tax and self-employed National Insurance and must also be reported on 2020 to 2021 Self-Assessment tax returns.  

As before, to make a claim for the third grant, you must: 

  • be a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership. You cannot claim the grant if you trade through a limited company or a trust 
  • have traded in both the tax years 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020.

For the third SEISS grant you must also: 

  • either be currently trading but are impacted by reduced activity, capacity or demand, or have been previously trading but are temporarily unable to do so due to coronavirus  
  • declare that you intend to continue to trade, and that they reasonably believe that the impact on their business will cause a significant reduction in their trading profits
  • only claim if the reduction in profits is caused by reduced business activity, capacity or demand, or inability to trade due to coronavirus – reduction in profits due to increased costs (such as having to buy masks) does not count for this purpose.  

When deciding whether the reduction is significant, you will need to consider your wider business circumstances.

Your business must have been impacted on or after 1 November 2020. You will be required to keep evidence to show the impact and reduction in your business activity across the qualifying period.

To make a claim – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme

Further Support

We will continue to support our clients throughout these uncertain times. Additionally, if you have any queries that we can assist with, or if you require any further support with the grants available, please get in touch via 0113 257 4506.