The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the Liverpool City Region economy. As a direct response to the new measures imposed by Government and the challenges that businesses are facing under the national lockdown, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has created a new fund called the Liverpool City Region Local Business Support Grant. The Local Business Support Grant will be administered by each of the six local authorities that form the Combined Authority, namely Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.

An initial 'window' will open for receipt of applications for the Local Business Support Grant will open for applications from 10am on Wednesday 10 February 2021 and close at 5pm on Friday 26 February 2021. 

It is the applicant’s responsibility to complete the application form and attach the required evidence.

We will not be able to chase individual businesses for supporting information if it is not included in the original application. 

Incomplete applications will not be appraised. An application made during the ‘grant application window’ does not guarantee approval for payment. 

Complete and compliant applications will be appraised in order of receipt by the council.

Eligibility

  • all businesses must be a small or micro business (as defined in Section 33 Part 2 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 and the Companies Act 2006) and be able to accept the grant under State Aid rules (see sections 4, 5 and 9 of the guidance notes).
  • all businesses must still be trading on 1 February 2021 i.e. continuing to trade with a view to making a profit or surplus (i.e. not a dormant company).
  • no business may make a claim against more than one category of the Local Business Support Grant
  • all businesses must be based in the Liverpool city region and have been trading on or before 31 October 2020.
  • all businesses must employ 1 or more people (a sole director, or self-employed counts as 1 staff employee).
  • a business is not eligible if it has previously received a Hospitality and Leisure Grant from Round 1 or Hospitality, Leisure and Retail Grant (Expanded Scheme) Round 2; or has received or is eligible for a Taxi Driver’s Grant or a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) from its Local Authority.
  • a business is not eligible if it has been subject to Covid-19, environmental health or planning enforcement prosecution (by the Police or any other authority) since 1 April 2020

Categories of business eligible to apply 

(for full details see guidance notes)

  • A. Businesses that have been ordered to close (as from 5 January 2021), are not in the business rates system, are based in commercial premises, and not eligible for Local Restrictions Grant (Closed). 
  • B. Businesses in the hospitality and leisure sector or supply chain that either pay business rates or have commercial property related costs. 
  • C. Self-employed, sole trader or home based business (that predominantly works in or supplies the hospitality and leisure sectors) or licensed market trader
  • D. Businesses in any sector that can demonstrate a loss of at least 40% in sales or revenue due to Covid-19 (including self-employed, sole trader, home-based businesses). The grant funding in this category aims to help small and micro businesses in any sector that are not eligible for other grant schemes and that are struggling with a loss of sales or revenue in the current financial year due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. For the purposes of this scheme (which is funded through the Additional Restrictions Grant or Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)), a business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity. This is interpreted as where the primary purpose is “carrying on a trade or profession or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover”.  To evidence the loss in sales/revenue of at least 40% and to show trading on or before 31 October 2020, a statement from a qualified, independent accountant using the proforma letter (template below) is required from businesses applying under category 'D' only. 

Rationale for requesting an accountant’s letter

It has been decided to request an accountant’s letter from those businesses applying under Category 'D' in order to help avoid fraud and to speed up the process of sending grants to eligible businesses.

Finding an Accountant

Many businesses will already use a suitably qualified accountant. Applicants who do not have an accountant may wish to approach one via a professional accountancy organisation or simply by searching on the internet. Please refer to the proforma letter above for the types of qualifications expected of an accountant.

Grant payments

The aim is that the funding will reach applicants within 10 working days of an application being approved, with payment by Bacs (a Bacs payment can take up to 3 days to be received).

Businesses in commercial premises

A rateable value (RV) or equivalent annual rent value

Grant values

Self employed, home based, sole trader, licensed market trader

RV up to £15,000

£6,000

 

RV £15,001 to £51,000

£9,000

 

RV Over £51,000

£13,500

 

   

£3,750

Checklist for applicants

You must provide information and documents to support your grant application, so the checklist is to be used to help you gather the information before you start to complete the online application form.

It is essential that you read the below before you apply:

Apply

You must complete the online application form in one session as it cannot be saved.  Any missing or incorrect information will delay the appraisal and payment process.

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Applications close at 5pm on Friday 26 February 2021.

Apply for the Liverpool City Region Local Business Support Grant