We have been given funding by central Government to help businesses in Havering that have been impacted by Covid-19 restrictions since the 17 October 2020.
To stay up to date with the latest information about funding and grants available for Havering businesses, please sign up for our regular Business Briefing email.
Support for businesses that pay business rates in Havering
If you pay business rates (or have a business which is registered for rates but benefits from small business rates relief) in Havering, you may be eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant.
Please read the
Local Restrictions Support Grant section below. Support for businesses in Havering that are not registered for business rates
If you have a business that is not registered for business rates (for example, you work from a residential address, or rent space from another business that is the rate payer) then you may be eligible for the Havering Discretionary Grant Fund (also known as the Additional Restrictions Grant).
Please read the
Havering Discretionary Grant Fund section below.
Local Restrictions Support Grant
The central Government has set payment amounts for each different level of restrictions since 17 October 2020. You can find more information about the payment amounts for each period in the
information about all Local Restriction Support Grants available section
To make an application, please select the ‘Apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant’ link at the bottom of this section.
Go to the form
Most businesses only need to make an application once. Any further funding you are eligible for as part of the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme will be paid automatically.
When you can expect to receive payment for Local Restrictions Support Grant
We are processing applications as quickly as possible, but due to the number of applications we are receiving you may have to wait a little while to hear back from us.
Payment should be received in your bank account no later than 10 days from when you submit an application form.
If you have not heard back please check your emails and your junk folder to see if a rejection email has been sent to you.
Payments for Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions – grant payments for this funding has commenced from 11 January 2021.
Payments for Tier 4 restrictions and the 5 January National Lockdown period – grant payments for this funding has commenced from 21 January 2021 and should be in your bank account by 28 January.
Payment of the Closed Business Lockdown Payment Grant funding announced on Tuesday 5 January – payments for this funding has commenced from 25 January 2021 and should be in your bank account by 1 February 2021.
Information about all Local Restriction Support Grants
We have grouped the types of grant that were available by dates they were introduced.
The dates generally follow the pattern of lockdown restriction levels Havering has gone through with grants being based on the level of restrictions, such as the tier system.
All Local Restriction Support Grant Schemes are now closed.
Final payments will be issued before 31 May 2021.
Local Restriction Support Grant (Sector)
Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed)
Local Restriction Support Grant (Open)
Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed Addendum)
Closed Business Lockdown Payment
Restart Grants are now available and application forms can be found below.
Local Restrictions Support Grant application form
The form has been removed as the application period is closed.
Havering Discretionary Grant Fund (Additional Restrictions Grant)
The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Fund is a one-off discretionary fund from central Government, aimed at providing support to a range of business sectors, according to local need and circumstances.
The limited funding available is expected to last until 31 March 2022. Since 2020, Havering Council has been allocated almost £7.5million to distribute to businesses through the Havering Discretionary Grant Fund.
If your business based in Havering has fallen outside the Local Restrictions Support Grant eligibility criteria, has experienced significant detriment despite receiving other funding support due to falling within one of several specifically identified sectors, or has been unable to access any other funding throughout the Covid 19 pandemic to date, you may be eligible to apply for help through the Havering Discretionary Grant scheme.
You may also hear this scheme referred to as the Additional Restrictions Grant.
For all Discretionary Grant funding, any business which has already gone into liquidation or other stages of insolvency will not be considered.
Businesses must also not have already received more than £180,000 of grant funding within the last three years.
There is a different Discretionary Grant scheme for each period of restrictions.
Each scheme is carefully put together so that we can support as many Havering businesses as possible with the limited funding available, and this means there may be a delay between the announcement of funding by central Government and the opening of a scheme for applications.
On 3 March 2021, Government announced the introduction of grant support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England.
This support will take the form of a one-off grant funding scheme in Financial Year 2021-2022.
Under the Restart Grant scheme, Local Authorities will receive funding to be allocated in one-off grants to businesses.
Grants of up to £6,000 will be paid to non-essential retail business premises, to help them reopen safely.
Grants of up to £18,000 will be allocated to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises, which may open later under plans set out in the roadmap and will be more impacted by restrictions when they do reopen.
The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses that are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the general public in the aforementioned sectors.
The Restart Grant will support non-essential retail premises with one-off grants of up to £6,000 in Strand One of the Restart Grant.
The following thresholds apply for these businesses.
Businesses whose property has a rateable value of £15,000 and below will be eligible for a grant of £2,667.
Businesses whose property has a rateable value of £15,000 - £51,000 will be eligible for a grant of £4,000.
Businesses whose property has a rateable value of £51,000 and above will be eligible for a grant of £6,000.
The Restart Grant will also support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises with one-off grants of up to £18,000 in Strand Two of the Restart Grant.
The following thresholds apply for these businesses.
Businesses whose property has a rateable value of £15,000 and below will be eligible for a grant of £8,000.
Businesses whose property has a rateable value of £15,000 - £51,000 will be eligible for a grant of £12,000.
Businesses whose property has a rateable value of £51,000 and above will be eligible for a grant of £18,000.
If you have received payment from Havering Council under the Local Restriction Support Grant, there is no need to reapply.
Payment will be made once funding has been received from Central Government.
Apply for the Restart Grant
Black Taxi Drivers Grant
The grant that was available for licensed black taxi drivers has now closed.
The payment of this grant was always dependant on the availability of funds and we could not guarantee a payment to you.
As we have received an extremely high number of applications for this grant, funds have now been fully used and we have had to close the grant to further applications.
Official Government guidance for business grant funding
To stay up to date with the latest funding announcements, please make sure you have signed up to our
Weekly Havering Business Briefing email.