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Business support grant funding

A range of grants to support businesses are available.

Available grants

Government's business support grants

Applications for the government’s business support grants schemes closed recently. The applications for the local discretionary grants round three and the extended local lockdown grant have all been acknowledged and you should have been given a reference number. We are assessing the applications and businesses should respond quickly if more information is requested, otherwise your application will not be processed. You can verify our emails are genuine because they will always state the same reference number. If you are not sure the email you have received is genuine, please phone us on 0116 454 1019 and we will verify.

We expect to start paying grants to businesses from 11 September. All payments must be completed by 30 September at the latest, in line with Government rules.

The value of the extended local lockdown grants depended on the number of eligible applications to share the £2.6m available. Over 1,300 applications have been approved and the individual grants to businesses are:

Rateable value Grant
Up to £15,000 £1,402
£15,001 to £50,999 £3,506
£51,000 and over       £5,611

Businesses which were still required by law to remain closed due to the extended local lockdown at 1 September 2020, will receive double the amount, as they have continued to incur property costs whilst still not being able to generate income. These higher grants are being paid to indoor gyms, indoor fitness and sports facilities, indoor dance studios, indoor play areas, and exhibition centres/conference halls.

The government has confirmed that the recently announced national scheme for supporting businesses in local lockdown does not apply to Leicester.

The small business grants and the retail, hospitality and leisure grants launched in April have already been paid.

Information on additional business support schemes can be found at GOV.UK and on the LLEP Business Gateway website.