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Overview of government grants | Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) 16 February to 31 March 2021 and Restart Grant (1 April 2021) | Birmingham City Council

Overview of government grants

Last updated 15 June 2021

LRSG Scheme

The LRSG scheme (Local Restrictions Support Grant) closed on 31 May 2021 and we cannot accept any new applications.

We have a small number of LRSG applications still being assessed for the period 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 and payments will be processed no later than the 30 June, which is the government deadline.

Restart grant scheme

The Restart Grant scheme commenced on 1 April 2021 and closes for applications on 30 June 2021.

All award will be made by 31 July ( the government deadline)

Please see the restart grant scheme eligibility details.

We have now processed around 86% of grants for eligible businesses. The remaining applications need further information in relation to the mandatory government checks.

Not received a Restart payment yet?

The government has stated that local authorities must perform a series of company and bank account checks before we can make a payment. The results of the verification provide details of missing information, for example:

  • Company name does not match company registered
  • Bank account name does not match company name
  • Company is not registered (may be a sole trader)
  • Company is no longer trading
  • Query with bank account

Week Commencing 14 June

We will be contacting all businesses by email, in order to clarify their details or request additional information. Evidence (such as bank statements) must be uploaded via the BRUM account. Please look out for an email from us and ensure that you upload ANY evidence using the link in the email. This allows the information to be linked directly to your application and enables us to process your application more quickly. If you do not send it using the link, your application may be closed.

If you have previously applied and or been awarded a Local Restrictions Grant, please do not complete another application for the Restart.

If you have not previously applied, please complete a Restart Grant application for each individual property.

Grant payments

The following grants are available:

  • Business support package for January lockdown
  • Restart grant

In order to simplify the process for applicants, we will be using one application form which will include questions relevant to all grants. This information will then be used to determine what grant(s) businesses are eligible to receive.

Businesses will need to register for a BRUM account to apply for a grant, Create an online BRUM account if you don't already have one.

If you already have a BRUM account, you don’t need to register again or change it to your business address. You can still apply for a grant and as you go through the form it will capture your business address.

You can use either your personal email address or your business address.

The name of your business may not appear in the look up and so please use your postal address to search when creating a BRUM account.

When registering for a BRUM account, you will be sent an email to validate your email address and so remember to check your SPAM or Junk folders.

Benefits of a BRUM account

  • Having a BRUM account will enable us to link to any previous applications for the Small Business Grant and the Discretionary Grant schemes and will mean we can process the application quicker
  • You will be able to see and keep track of any grant payments made in your BRUM account
  • As part of this process, we will determine which grant(s) your business is eligible for
  • Any future grant entitlements, as a result of future restrictions, will also be administered through this process, so you only need to register once and apply once.
  • You will have access to your Business Rates account
  • You will be able to view and receive your bills online

Update to COVID-19 business grant subsidy allowance

The EU State aid rules no longer apply to subsidies granted in the UK following the end of the transition period, which ended on 31 December 2020.

BEIS Guidance for public authorities explaining the subsidies chapter of the TCA, World Trade Organisation rules on subsidies, and other international commitments can be found on the GOV.UK website.

On Thursday 4 March new subsidy allowances were established for the COVID-19 business grants schemes, on the basis of the principles set out in Article 3.4 of the TCA.

Subsidy allowance

This scheme is covered by 3 subsidy allowances:

  • Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance, allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of 3 years
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, allowed up to £1,600,000
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance, if limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance are reached, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £9,000,000, provided certain conditions are met

Grants under these 3 allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £10,935,000 (subject to exchange rates).