ERF Restrictions Business Fund
The Welsh Government introduced the Restrictions Business Fund to support businesses (principally in the hospitality, tourism, leisure and non-essential retail sectors) with cash flow support and to help them survive the economic consequences of restrictions put in place to control the spread of Covid-19 which were extended by the First Minister in his announcement on 12th March 2021.
Further non-domestic rates (NDR) linked grants are now available and seek to complement other Covid-19 response measures to support businesses, social enterprises and charitable organisations in Wales. You cannot and should not apply for a local authority discretionary fund grant if you are eligible for one of these NDR linked grants.
i) Grant A:
A £4,000 cash grant payment for hospitality, tourism and related supply chain businesses including some retail businesses with Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) qualifying hereditaments with a rateable value of £12,000 or less.
ii) Grant B:
A £5,000 cash grant payment for hospitality, tourism and related supply chain businesses including some retail businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value between £12,001 and £500,000.
The new NDR linked grant schemes are being introduced in Wales on 15th March 2021. They will help businesses affected by coronavirus restrictions to meet operating costs falling within the 2020/21 financial year to 31st March 2021.
Please note that the previous NDR linked grant schemes introduced in December 2020 and subsequently extended closed to new applicants at 5pm on Thursday 11th March 2021.
If you registered your details and received an NDR linked grant for the schemes introduced in December 2020 and subsequently extended, you do not need to take any further action. Your local authority will process your new grant payment.
If you did not register your details and did not receive a grant via the schemes introduced in December and you wish to apply for one of the new grants, you will need to complete this short registration form.
Businesses needing to register will need to be liable as the ratepayer to the local authority and in occupation of the qualifying hereditament on 1st March 2021.
The application form will be available between 5:00pm on the 16 March 2021 to 5:00pm on the 31 March 2021.
Please only complete this application form if you are liable for paying business rates to your local authority.
For further information please read the Restrictions Business Fund NDR Grant Guidance Document