Covid-19: Latest Updates

Business Support

For the latest business support information, as a result of Covid-19, visit gov.uk.coronavirus/business-support

Advice and support is also available at businesslincolnshire.com

City of Lincoln Business Support Grant Schemes
 

A diagram showing the summary of the current Covid-19 Business Support Grants

A diagram showing the summary of the current Covid-19 Business Support Grants

Download the Business Support Grant Schemes diagram

Closed Businesses

If you are a business that has been mandated to be closed for any period from the beginning of November to date, including the latest period to 31 March 2021 and have already made an application and been eligible/received one of the above Closed Business Grants, then we will automatically assess your eligibility for any subsequent new closed grants, including those identified for January, February and March and payment will be made accordingly.

For queries please contact supportingbusiness@lincoln.gov.uk

If you have been mandated to close for any period from 5 November 2020 to 31 March 2021 and have not yet made an any application then please be advised to familiarise yourself with the eligibility criteria (see link to guidance below) and any application closure deadlines and if appropriate apply via the online form by following the ‘Apply for a Closed Business Support Grant’ link below. 

  • Grants are available for both Closed Business Rate Payers and non-business rate payers that can evidence ongoing property costs and/or fixed business costs.

Grant Applications - Closed Businesses 

The City of Lincoln Council Policy for Closed Business Grants, 5 November 2020 to 31 March 2021, sets out the criteria under which businesses qualify and the evidence required to make an application.

Apply for a closed business support grant >

Applications for grants for the following periods/schemes close on 31 March 2021 at 5pm if your application is not submitted with required supporting evidence by this date we will not be able to process it. 

  • 5 November to 1 December 2020, Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) addendum and sector, Additional Restrictions Grant closed (discretionary)
  • 2 December to 30 December 2020, Tier 3 - Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) addendum
  • 31 December to 4 January, Tier 4 - Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) addendum, Additional Restrictions Grant closed (discretionary)
  • 5 January to 15 February 2021, National Lockdown - Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) addendum including Closed Business Lockdown Payment (one off payment), Additional Restrictions Grant closed (discretionary)

Applications for grants for the period 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 close on 31 May 2021 at 5pm if your application is not submitted with required supporting evidence by this date we will not be able to process it. 


Open but Severely Impacted Businesses

If you are a business which has not been mandated to close but has been severely impacted by the Tier 4 restrictions between 31 December 2020 and 4 January 2021 or the national lockdown restrictions from 5 January 2021, please familiarise yourself with the eligibility criteria (see policy guidance below) and any application closure deadlines and if appropriate apply via the online form by following the ‘Apply for an open business support grant’ link below.

If you have applied for the November or December schemes you will need to reapply. If you have applied since January please do not reapply.

Grant Applications - Open Businesses

This scheme is currently open for applications until 31 March 2021.

The policy for Open but Severely Impacted Business Grants, 31 December 2020 to 31 March 2021, sets out the criteria under which businesses qualify and the evidence required to make an application.

Apply for an open business support grant >

An automatic payment to cover the 44 day period from 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 will be made to all eligible businesses who have applied to the open scheme since January 2021. Please do not reapply. 

If you have not yet applied and think you may be eligible please familiarise yourself with the policy and apply through the link above. 

Applications for grants for the period 5 January to 15 February 2021 close on 31 March 2021 at 5pm if your application is not submitted with required supporting evidence by this date we will not be able to process it. 

Applications for grants for the period 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 close on 31 May 2021 at 5pm if your application is not submitted with required supporting evidence by this date we will not be able to process it. 

Should you have any queries please contact us on supportingbusiness@lincoln.gov.uk


Lincolnshire County Council Grants

Lincolnshire County Council also have a range of business grants which may be applicable to your business. This fund is available to those small businesses that have been directly impacted being unable to fully trade, and have not benefited from the other government's COVID support schemes. 

Business Recovery Fund

This fund is for small businesses who have not been able to access any of the government grants to date.

  • Applications for the second round of funding will open from 9am 4 March 2021 until noon 6 March 2021    
  • Application criteria now available.
Digital Voucher Fund

This fund supports businesses in improving digitisation.

  • Expression of Interest window open between 8 March 2021 and 12 March 2021
  • Application criteria published on 1 March 2021.
Invest for the Future Grant

This grant contributes towards business expansion. 

  • Expression of Interest window open between 15th March 2021 and 26th March 2021
  • Application criteria to be published on 8 March 2021.
Rural Business Grant

This grant is for businesses and organisations with projects specifically in rural areas.

  • Expression of Interest window opens between 8 March 2021 and 17 March 2021
  • Application criteria to be published on 1 March 2021

For more details on these grant schemes visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/grants-funding

Please note these schemes are subject to budget approval at full council on 19 February 2021.


Self Employment Income Support Scheme 

If you are self employed you may also be eligible for wage support through HMRC, check if you can claim a grant through the GOV UK Self-Employment income support scheme


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

If you employ staff you may be eligible for the job retention scheme through HMRC, check if you are eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (GOV.UK)