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Welsh Government Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) – NDR Emergency Fund January 2022

Following the First Minister announcement that Welsh Government would be making £120m available for nightclubs, events, retail, hospitality, leisure, tourism businesses and their supply chains impacted by the move to alert level two. The purpose of the grant schemes is to support businesses with their immediate cash flow and to help them survive the economic consequences of additional restrictions introduced on the 26th December 2021 necessary to control the spread of Covid-19.

The funding is intended to cover the business impact from the 13th December 2021 to the 14th February 2022. To be eligible for support from this grant scheme, a business must have been actively trading up to the 13th December 2021 and would be expected to trade to the 14th February 2022.

The Welsh Government are funding the following grants:

Examples of grant entitlement:

A customer who has an NDR (business rates liability) may apply to the local authority for an NDR January 2022 ERF linked grant and also make an application to Business Wales for ERF Grant January 2022 (Over £85000) if their turnover is greater than £85,000 and if eligibility is met receive two separate grants.

A customer who does not have an NDR liability but has a turnover of less than £85,000, they may apply for the ERF Discretionary Grant January 2022 (Under £85000) to the local authority. Please note: These customers cannot have a Discretionary Grant and NDR linked grant. Neither can the customer have an ERF Discretionary Grant (Under £85000) through the local authority and ERF (Over £85000) from Welsh Government.

Detailed information can be accessed on the Business Wales

An eligibility checker is available on the Business Wales website: https://fundchecker.businesswales.gov.wales/businesssupport.

NDR Linked Grant Applications

The purpose of the grant scheme is to support businesses with their immediate cash flow and to help them survive the economic consequences of additional restrictions introduced on the 26th December 2021 necessary to control the spread of Covid-19.

The funding is intended to cover the business impact from the 13th December 2021 to the 14th February 2022.

Grant A:- A £2,000 cash grant payment for hospitality, retail, tourism and leisure businesses or supply chain businesses supplying these sector with a greater than 40% drop in turnover over the funding period, with Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) qualifying hereditaments with a rateable value under £12,000

Please note: The same ratepayer may only receive this grant for a maximum of two properties in each local authority.

Grant B:- £4,000 cash grant payment for hospitality, retail, tourism and leisure businesses chain businesses supplying these sector with a greater than 40% drop in turnover over the funding period, with qualifying hereditaments with a rateable value between £12,001 and £51,000

Grant C:- A £6,000 cash grant payment for hospitality, retail, tourism and leisure businesses chain businesses supplying these sector with a greater than 40% drop in turnover over the funding period, occupying hereditaments with a rateable value between £51,001 and £500,000.

For all businesses, their hereditament must have been on the NDR rating list as of the 1st September 2021 and the ratepayer needs to have been in occupation of the property as of the 30th November 2021.

Self-catering accommodation

Welsh Government have decided that in relation to self-catering accommodation, such properties will not be eligible for the grant unless one of the following criteria are met:

  • the self-catering property can accommodate for 30 people or more or
  • the self-catering accommodation is classed as an outdoor education centre.

Supply chain businesses

Businesses operating in the supply chains for the retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors will be eligible for these grants where they can demonstrate a material impact of greater than a 40% drop in turnover to their enterprises as a result of the additional restrictions in the period between 13 December to 14 February, compared to the same period in 2019 / 2020 (or if a new business established after that date, in September / November 2020).

Are any businesses / premises not eligible for these grants?

Welsh Government have decided that premises that are excluded from eligibility from the current Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Rates Relief scheme, will be excluded from eligibility for this grant. For example: Gaming establishments that usually have access limited to people aged 18 and over and are a) not entitled to Small Business Rate Relief and b) where gambling rather than amusement is the predominant activity, will not be eligible for grant support. Also financial services (such as banks and building societies) and medical services (such as vets and dentists) will not be eligible.

Welsh Government - NDR Emergency Fund - January 2022 - Guidance Notes 

NDR Grant Application 

ERF Discretionary Grant January 2022 (Under £85,000 turnover)

This fund is designed to support businesses who do not have a property or are not eligible to apply for the Non Domestic Rates Grant (NDR). You cannot and should not apply for this grant if you are eligible to apply for an NDR grant. The grant is open to businesses with an annual turnover under £85,000.

The ERF Discretionary Business Fund has been established to support businesses (principally in the hospitality, tourism, retail and leisure sectors) with cash flow support and to help them survive the economic consequences of restrictions put in place on their business to control the spread of COVID-19 by the First Minister in his announcement on 22 December 2021. The grants will also support supply chain businesses that can demonstrate a material impact of greater than 40% drop in turnover to their enterprises as a result of the additional restrictions, and who generate 60% or more of their sales revenue through businesses directly impacted by the restrictions.

Applications will be made through the Merthyr Tydfil Council website.

Eligibility

Find out which grant you are eligible to apply for.

Grant​ C​riteria
Grant A: £1000

Payment for hospitality, tourism, retail and related supply chain businesses which do not employ anyone apart from the owner, and do not have a property. Business must have been directly impacted as a result of the national restrictions put in place.

This includes freelancers in the creative sector.

Licenced taxi drivers.

Supply chain business that generates 60% or more of its sales revenue from businesses directly impacted by the restrictions. Not required to close but turnover has been materially impacted by the restrictions put in place. Materially impacted means a >40% reduction in December 2021 and January 2022 as compared to December 2019 and January 2020 (or a comparable two-month period if the business was not trading in December 2019 January 2020.)

Grant B: £2,000

Hospitality, tourism, retail and related supply chain businesses who employ staff through PAYE (in addition to the owner). Business must have been directly impacted as a result of the national restrictions put in place.


Supply chain business that generates 60% or more of its sales revenue from businesses directly impacted by the restrictions. Not required to close but turnover has been materially impacted by the restrictions put in place. Materially impacted means a >40% reduction in December 2021 and January 2022 as compared to December 2019 and January 2020 (or a comparable two-month period if the business was not trading in December 2019 January 2020.)

Emergency Business Fund (January 2022) - Guidance Notes

Emergency Business Fund

ERF Grant January 2022 (Over £85,000 turnover)

The ERF is targeted at businesses in the hospitality, leisure and attraction sectors and their supply chains who have been materially impacted by a greater than 60% reduction of turnover between 13th December 2021 and 14th February 2022. The fund seeks to compliment other COVID-19 response measures to support businesses, social enterprises and charitable organisations in Wales.

The ERF will support:

  • Businesses impacted between 13 December 2021 and 14 February 2022 and closed by regulations from 26 December 2021.
  • Event Space and attractions materially impacted between 13 December 2021 and 14 February 2022.
  • Other businesses with greater than 60% impact on turnover between 13 December 2021 and 14 February 2022.

And have experienced a material impact through reduced turnover of 60% or more between December 2021 and February 2022 as compared to December 2019 and February 2020.

The Welsh Government ERF administered applications with a turnover of more than £85,000 will open in the week beginning 17 January 2022 and remain open for two full weeks.

For more information and access to the eligibility checker tool please visit the Business Wales 

Eligibility

Find out which grant you are eligible to apply for.

FTE/Type Any business closed by regulation Fixed Grant Amounts (to cover a period of 13 December 2021 – 14 February 2022) Event Space and attractions that are open but experiencing reduced turnover as defined in options Fixed Grant Amounts (to cover a period of 13 December 2021 – 14 February 2022) Other business that are open but experiencing reduced turnover as defined in options Fixed Grant Amounts (to cover a period of 13 December 2021 – 14 February 2022)
1 - 3 £5,000 £3,500 £2,500
4 - 9 £10,000 £7,000 £5,000
10 - 49 £15,000 £12,000 £7,500
50 - 99 £20,000 £15,000 £10,000
100 + £25,000 £20,000 £15,000