Discretionary Restart Grant 2021

10 May 2021

Discretionary Business Restart Grants

The Discretionary Restart Grant is available to help businesses who are not eligible for the Business Restart Grant as national restrictions are eased and they reopen for business.


Your business may be eligible if:

  • You are not eligible for a Business Restart Grant
  • You pay Business Rates for the premises you trade from or occupy, have not been required to close but are severely impacted by localised restrictions on socialising
  • You are not a Business Rate payer for the premises you trade from or occupy, and your business (including those that are self-employed and sole traders)is trading on 1 April 2021, has 49 or fewer employees(a person who receives remuneration via your payroll system), and either:
    • you are required to close (this includes businesses registered for Council Tax)
    • you are not required to close but have closed due to a significant impact on trading
    • you are continuing to operate, but with significantly reduced demand due to social distancing rules

Indictors that a business is trading

You can apply for this grant if your business is in any of the following sectors:

  • Accommodation
  • Car repair and MOT services
  • Childcare provision
  • Community centres and halls
  • Education and training
  • Entertainment venues
  • Essential retail
  • Financial services
  • Hospitality venues
  • Leisure and sports facilities
  • Medical and dental services
  • Non-essential retail
  • Personal care facilities
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Street trader/market stall
  • Taxi and vehicle hire businesses

!Warning Your business will not qualify for support under this scheme if it was in administration, insolvent, or a striking off order was made at the time national restrictions started.

From 1st January 2021, the EU State Aid rules ceased to exist. The scheme was replaced by subsidies under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the UK and EU. The Additional Restrictions Grant counts towards subsidies. By accepting this grant you must confirm that you are not in breach of these rules. It is your responsibility to ensure you abide by these rules.Do subsidy (formerly state aid) rules apply?

When should I apply by?

This scheme closes to applications on Friday 28 May 2021 and payments will be made in the week commencing 31 May 2021. This is because the amount of grant available to us is limited. We need to assess all applications before payments can be made.

Before you apply

If you were previously eligible for an Additional Restrictions Grant in January 2021 we will contact you shortly regarding payment of the discretionary Restart grant. If there are no changes to the information you gave us previously we will be able to process your application quickly. Only make a new application if you did not apply for grants in January 2021.

If you meet the criteria (above) for the Additional Restrictions Grant, you can apply online. When you make a new application we will also consider your eligibility for any other grants, and will pay them to you if you are eligible.

To complete this form you will need:

  • Business Rates or Council Tax account number
  • Charity number (if applicable)
  • VAT registration number (if applicable)
  • Company number (if the company is registered with Companies House)
  • The number of employees you have
  • Details of any State Aid (or subsidies) you have received in the last 3 years
  • Details of the impact on your business, including the proportion of trade you have lost from the closure of other businesses (We may ask for further information or evidence to support this)
  • Bank details for the account you want the grant paid into
  • A recent bank statement, dated in the last three months, corresponding to the grant payment details you have provided
  • A copy of your passport OR a copy of your driving licence

It should take around 5 minutes to complete the form.

Read more information on the Bath and North East Somerset Council Website and Apply Online.