Restart Grants | Restart Grants | Medway Council

The government announced in the Budget 2021 that Restart Grants will be available in April 2021. This scheme only applies to businesses in the rating list that were trading on 1 April 2021.

Following clarification from the government, we’ve been making the required pre-payment checks and started to make payments to businesses. As of 29 April 2021, we have paid over £6 million to more than 800 businesses.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to carry out checks and issue payments as quickly as possible.

Eligibility criteria

Your business may be eligible if it's:

  • based in England
  • rate-paying
  • in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care or gym sectors
  • trading on 1 April 2021.

Read more eligibility criteria on GOV.UK.

If your business is not eligible for this grant, you can apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

Grant payments

We will release payments as soon as we have completed the required pre-payment checks.

Non-essential retail businesses

One-off grants of up to £6,000 will be paid to non-essential retail business premises, to help them re-open safely.

Grant amounts are based on the rateable value of your business address:

Rateable value of business address on 1 April 2021 One-off grant payment
£15,000 or under £2,667
£15,001 to £50,999 £4,000
£51,000 or over £6,000

Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses

One-off 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 government roadmap and will be more impacted by restrictions when they do re-open.

The scheme supports businesses that are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services for the public in these sectors.

Grant amounts are based on the rateable value of your business address:

Rateable value of business address on 1 April 2021 One-off grant payment
£15,000 or under £8,000
£15,000 to £51,000 £12,000
£51,000 or over £18,000

Apply for a Restart Grant

If you have received a Local Restrictions Support Grant since the November 2020 national lockdown period, you do not need to apply for this grant. We will automatically issue the payment if you are eligible.

If you have not previously received a grant, you can apply below.

Before you apply

To complete this form, you’ll need to provide the following information:

  • business rates account number
  • company registration number
  • VAT registration number (if registered for VAT)
  • bank account details
  • the number of employees in your business
  • most recent business bank statement.

Apply for a Restart Grant

After you apply

We’ll check your eligibility for the grant.

You should allow at least 14 days for us to carry out the required pre-payment checks and process your application.

If your application is successful, we’ll pay the grant as soon as we can.

More information