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Emergency Business Fund - Now closed

The purpose of the grant scheme is to support businesses in the leisure, tourism, retail and hospitality sectors who do not pay business rates and are not eligible for the Economic Resilience Fund, with their immediate cash flow and to help them survive the economic consequences of additional restrictions introduced on 26th December 2021 necessary to control the spread of Covid-19. 


The funding is intended to cover the business impact from 13th December 2021 to 14th February 2022.  You cannot and should not apply for this grant if you are eligible to apply for an NDR grant. 


Specifically, the EBF will support businesses that are either: 

i) Grant A:A £1,000 cash grant payment for hospitality, tourism, leisure, retail or related supply chain businesses and freelancers working in these sectors which do not employ anyone apart from the owner, and do not have a property. 

ii) Grant B:A £2,000 cash grant payment for hospitality, tourism, retail, leisure and related supply chain businesses who employ staff through PAYE (in addition to the owner). 


Guidance Notes


You are not eligible for this grant if you fall into one of the following categories: 

  • Enforced closure having infringed social distancing rules.  However, if improvements have been made and the business has been allowed to re-open then they may be eligible for the grant (subject to meeting the eligibility criteria.

  • In liquidation or dissolved or in process of being struck off

  • Breached subsidy threshold

  • If the business you are applying for is not your main source of income

  • The business is a self-catering business for less than 30 people

  • Your business pays rates (this includes if you are receiving business rate relief)

  • If you have received funding in the last 12 months which exceed 100% of your turnover in the 2019 financial year, you should not apply for this fund. 


  • Decisions on applications will be made based on the information provided in the application form, associated evidence and information checks that are conducted from other business data sources.  If any data is incomplete or incorrect or the evidence is insufficient, we will not process the application and it will be rejected. 

  • We strongly advise that you read the guidance notes before completing the application form.

  • Ensure you are applying to the correct Local Authority.

  • We aim to process grant applications within 30 workings days of receipt of all required supporting evidence/information.

  • If your application is unsuccessful, you will receive an email outlining the reason(s) for rejection. There is no appeal process.

When submitting your application form you will be required to complete all the requested fields together with the required evidence documents.  Please refer to the guidance notes for more details.  Scanned documents and photos are acceptable forms of evidence. 


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