Financial support for businesses affected by Coronavirus restrictions
Financial support is currently available for Dartford businesses impacted by Coronavirus restrictions during one or all of the following periods:
- 5 November to 1 December 2020 – Second national lockdown
- 2 December 2020 – 4 January 2021 – Tier 3/Tier 4 restrictions
- 5 January 2021 – 15 February 2021 – Third national lockdown period 1
- 16 February 2021 – 31 March 2021 – Third national lockdown period 2
In addition to this financial support, the Government has announced one-off grants for businesses ordered to close during the third national lockdown (Closed Business Lockdown Payment).
The closing date for grant applications is as follows:
- 5 November 2020 to 1 December 2020 – To be confirmed
- 2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 – To be confirmed
- 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021 – last application date 31 March 2021
- 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 – last application date 31 May 2021
- Closed Business Lockdown Payment – last application date 31 March 2021
We are prioritising support payments and one-off grants for periods of national lockdown since these seek to offer more immediate support to affected businesses. This means that you may receive payment for the November and January-March lockdowns before you receive support payments for Tier 3/Tier 4 restrictions.
If you have applied for a support payment under the Tier 3/Tier 4 restrictions and received an acknowledgement, there is no need to submit a further application, email or call to enquire about payment. We are in the process of assessing these claims and payment will be made as soon as possible.
Support for businesses in periods of national lockdown
Grants are available for businesses that have been ordered to close because of national lockdown restrictions. Support may also be available for businesses that can stay open, but can demonstrate that they have been severely impacted by the restrictions.
Financial support for businesses forced to close because of Tier 3 and/or Tier 4 restrictions
Dartford Borough Council was in Tier 3 from 2 December 2020 to 18 December 2020 and in Tier 4 from 19 December 2020 to 4 January 2021.
Grants are available for businesses that have been ordered to close because of Tier 3 and/or Tier 4 restrictions. Support may also be available for businesses that were able to stay open, but can demonstrate that they were severely impacted by the tier restrictions.
Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs
One-off grants of £1,000 are being made available to wet-led pubs subject to Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions in December 2020.
For the purposes of this grant, pubs should under normal circumstances (without local or national restrictions) be described as: open to the general public, allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided, allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed and permit drinks to be purchased at a bar.
A pub is considered to be wet-led if it predominantly serves alcohol rather than provides food and has been severely impacted over the festive season due to temporary local restrictions.
Pubs will be required to submit an application for the support payment and to declare that, prior to 11 March 2020 when trade was unaffected by Covid, less than 50% of their income was derived from food sales.
Businesses established after 11 March 2020 and before 1 December 2020 will still be eligible. They will be required to declare that during the period they have been open, less than 50% of their income was derived from food sales.
Pubs should be able to supply accounting evidence to support these declarations if requested.
This scheme will close on 29 December 2020. The last date for applications is 28 February 2021.
Anyone caught falsifying their records to make a fraudulent application for any of the available grants will be prosecuted and ordered to repay the money.
Grants under these schemes are considered to be State Aid/Subsidy. It is the responsibility of the business to ensure they do not accept grant payments that would exceed the State Aid/Subsidy limits. If the limit is exceeded, the grant may be required to be repaid.