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Business support grants

There are currently two types of grant available to Crawley businesses affected by Covid-19 restrictions.

  1. The Local Restrictions Support Grant is for businesses that have been forced to close due to national restrictions.
  2. The Additional Restrictions Discretionary Grant is for businesses that don’t pay business rates and have been affected by the national restrictions, but are not legally required to close. Applications for this grant close on 13 December.

Eligibility

Find out which scheme your business may be eligible for below:

Local Restriction Support Grant - Eligibility

Eligible businesses are those who:

  • Are based in Crawley
  • Pay business rates (and you are the ratepayer)
  • Have been required to close because of the national restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020
  • Have been unable to provide in-person customer service from your premises

Find out if your business will be eligible with these guides from GOV.UK:

Additional Restrictions Discretionary Grant - eligibility

Eligible businesses are those who:

  • Are based in Crawley
  • Are not entitled to Local Restriction Support Grants, and
  • Were open and trading the day before national restrictions were imposed (Wednesday 4 November), and
  • Are now required to close under national restrictions or, while not legally forced to close, are severely impacted by the restrictions

Find out if your business will be eligible with this guide from GOV.UK:

How to apply

Please check your eligibility then visit grantapproval.co.uk to apply for either scheme. 

You will need to upload evidence to support your application. Read below for details of evidence needed for each grant.

Local Restriction Support Grant - Evidence

In addition to your business rates number you will need to upload the following information when you apply:

  • Proof of ID (e.g. for Ltd company: financial accounts or for sole trader: passport, driving licence)
  • Evidence of trading on 04/11/20 (e.g. delivery note, expenses receipt, purchase order, sales receipt)
  • Evidence of named holder of bank account (e.g. copy of bank statement)
  • Evidence of occupation on 04/11/20 x 2 (e.g. utility bill such as gas, electric, water or landline)
Additional Restrictions Discretionary Support Grant - Evidence

In order for an application to be considered, we require businesses to demonstrate that they meet the eligibility criteria.  The more meaningful the evidence, the more compelling the grant application will be.  We anticipate that to do this, applicants will need to provide as a minimum:

  • Evidence that the property is closed, or partially closed (e.g. a retail premise trading as click and collect only).
  • Proof of identity of sole trader (passport or driving licence) or limited company (corporate insurance certificate or company certificate) 
  • Evidence of trading on 4 November 2020, e.g. till receipts, documented payments, evidence of bookings.
  • Evidence of occupation on 4 November 2020 - two utility bills for the business premises, including gas, electricity, water or landline/broadband
  • Evidence of bank account - statements including the grant applicant's name
  • Evidence of unavoidable fixed property costs incurred by the business such as rent, rates or mortgage payments, this does not include personal or household costs. This should take the form of leases/agreements showing an obligation to pay and bank statements showing that payments have actually been made 
  • Evidence that the business falls within the criteria of those businesses required to close (or partially close) or evidence to demonstrate a substantial loss in income as a result of the national restrictions.  This is likely to be in the form of filed accounts for previous years and management accounts/bank statements for the current period. For example, a minimum of three months bank statements may be required
  • Details of any registration number e.g. Taxi Drivers
  • Confirmation of State Aid compliance. There is a requirement for all grants made under this scheme to be state aid compliant 
     

If you have any questions, please email the business grants team