COVID-19 business support

Financial support

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Financial support facilitated by Mansfield District Council

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) & Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

The Government has recently announced the mandatory Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) scheme to assist eligible businesses that were told they had to close under Tier 3 local restrictions which started on 30 October 2020 and under the national lockdown which is in force from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020. 

Businesses that have set up a click and collect service and restaurants providing a takeaway service since the national lockdown started will still be able to claim grants as their substantive business has had to close.

Businesses required to remain closed since March 2020, such as nightclubs are eligible for mandatory funding from the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) scheme from 1 November and from the Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) scheme whilst the national lockdown is in force.

Grants are payable to eligible businesses within the council’s Business Rates system.  The amount of grant payable to those businesses will vary based on the rateable value of the business premises.

Full details of the grant scheme including a combined mandatory grant online application.

Apply for a mandatory grant

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) & Additional Restrictions Grant  

The Government has provided discretionary funds to the Council called Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) aimed at supporting businesses in the hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast, and leisure sectors that were not legally forced to close under the Tier 2 and 3 restrictions but were severely impacted by the localised restrictions on socialising that were put in place to manage COVID-19. Mansfield was placed into Tier 2 on 14 October 2020 and then Tier 3 on 30 October 2020.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) funding is available on a pro rata basis from 14 October 2020 up to and including 4 November 2020 when national restrictions started and the mandatory scheme took over. 

The Government has provided further discretionary funds to the Council called the Additional Restrictions Grant. We have worked alongside other Local Authorities in the Nottinghamshire area to devise the framework of a discretionary grant scheme. The scheme is focused on supporting existing businesses by grants on top of the payments they have received from the mandatory Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) scheme, along with additional funding for other businesses (Ratepayers and non-ratepayers) or the self-employed in the affected sectors and the supply chains, including licensed taxi drivers who permanently reside in the Mansfield district.

Full details of the grant scheme including a combined discretionary grant online application form.

Apply for a discretionary grant

Business Rates Holiday for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors in England will not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year. Businesses that received the retail discount in the 2019-20 tax year will be rebilled by their local authority as soon as possible.

You will be eligible if your business is based in England and your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector. Properties that will benefit from the relief will be those that are wholly or mainly being used:

  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues,
  • for assembly and leisure, or
  • as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.

There is no action for you. We will apply the business rates holiday to your bills.

Business Rates Holiday for Childcare Nurseries

Nurseries in England do not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year. Properties that will benefit from the relief will be those occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and are wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

There is no action for you. We will apply the business rates holiday to your bills.


Government financial support

As well as the above schemes which are facilitated by us, there are a number of Government schemes which may be able to support your business:

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Find out about all the business support available from the Government (opens in new window).


Business support not specific to COVID-19

We have a number of business grants, a free advice service and a range of business support available that is not limited to COVID-19.

Visit our business support section