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COVID-19: Restart Grants

Scheme Status

Opens 1 April 2021

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in reopening safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Grants will be available from 1 April 2021

Your business may be eligible if it is:

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

You cannot get funding if your business:

  • is in administration, insolvent or has been struck off the Companies House register
  • has exceeded the permitted subsidy allowance

You must notify Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council if your situation changes and you no longer meet the eligibility criteria.

What the Restart Grant is

The Restart Grant is for businesses who have a rateable value and who offer in-person services in the eligible sectors.


There are 2 strands to the Restart Grant. Strand one is non-essential retail and strand 2 covers hospitality, leisure, accommodation and personal care.

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Eligiblity for Strand One

Strand One of the Restart Grant is open to non-essential retail premises. The types of business that are eligible are:

Non-essential retail:

  • Antiques stores
  • Auction rooms
  • Betting offices
  • Bookshops
  • Car and caravan sales, display and hiring sites
  • Car auctions
  • Car showrooms
  • Car supermarkets
  • Car washes (standalone)
  • Carpet stores
  • Charity shops
  • Clothes shops
  • Department stores
  • Electronic goods and mobile phone shops
  • Florists
  • Furniture shops
  • Homeware shops
  • Markets
  • Plant nurseries
  • Sale kiosks
  • Sales offices
  • Showrooms, such as kitchen, bathrooms, tile and glazing
  • Sofa shops
  • Tobacco and vape shops
  • Travel agents

The following businesses are not eligible in strand one:

  • Agricultural supply shops
  • Animal rescue centres and boarding facilities
  • Automatic car washes
  • Banks
  • Bicycle shops
  • Breweries
  • Building merchants
  • Building societies and other financial providers
  • Chemists
  • Convenience stores
  • Corner shops
  • Education providers, including tutoring services
  • Employment agencies and businesses
  • Food retailers, including food markets
  • Funeral directors
  • Garden centres
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Medical practices
  • Mobility shops
  • Newsagents
  • Off-licences
  • Office buildings
  • Pet shops
  • Petrol stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Post offices
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Supermarkets
  • Taxi and vehicle hire businesses
  • Vehicle repair and MOT services
  • Veterinary surgeries
  • Wholesalers

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Eligibility for Strand Two

Strand Two of the Restart Grant is open to hospitality, leisure, accommodation, personal care and gym premises. The types of business that are eligible include:


  • Cafes
  • Food courts
  • Public houses and pub restaurants
  • Restaurants
  • Roadside restaurants
  • Wine bars


  • Amusement arcades, including adult gaming centres
  • Bingo halls
  • Bowling alleys
  • Cinemas
  • Clubs and institutions
  • Exhibition centres
  • Go kart rinks
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Public halls
  • Soft play centres
  • Theatres
  • Village halls and scout huts
  • Wedding venues


  • Bed and breakfasts
  • Caravan parks
  • Guest and boarding houses
  • Holiday apartments and cottages
  • Holiday homes
  • Hotels

Personal care

  • Beauticians, aesthetics and other non-surgical treatment
  • Dance schools and studios
  • Golf courses, including driving ranges
  • Gyms and fitness suites
  • Hairdressing and beauty salons, including barbers
  • Holistic therapy
  • Nail salons
  • Spas, saunas and steam rooms
  • Sport and leisure centres
  • Sports, squash and tennis courts
  • Swimming pools
  • Tanning salons
  • Tattoo and piercing studios
  • Water sport centres

Businesses that are not eligible in strand two include:

  • Accommodation: education accommodation, residential and care homes, private dwellings
  • Gym and sports: home gyms, home exercise studios (commercial gyms are eligible) 
  • Hospitality: food kiosks and businesses whose main business is a takeaway
  • Leisure: all retail businesses, coach tour operators and tour operators
  • Personal care: businesses that only provide personal care goods rather than services, businesses used solely as training centres for staff, apprentices and others, businesses providing dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services that incorporate personal care services, treatments required by those with disabilities and services relating to mental health

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What you will get

The amount of money you will receive depends on the rateable value of your property.

​Rateable value of your property Strand One: Non-Essential Businesses Strand Two: hospitality, leisure, accommodation, personal care and gyms
£15,000 or below £2,667 £8,000​
£15,001–£50,999 £4,000 ​£12,000
£51,000 or over  £6,000 £18,000


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How to claim

Even if we have already paid you one of the other business grants you will still have to apply for this grant. This is because the government has increased the information we have to collect from businesses before we can pay the grant.

Please make sure you provide all the information and proof we ask for on the form.

Apply online using this form.

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How you are paid

The government has said:

  • That we can't make payments before 1 April 2021.
  • That we have to carry out verification checks before we can pay the grant.

After 1 April 2021, the Restart Grant will be paid into your bank or building society account.

We aim to make payments within 10 working days of receiving your fully completed form and supporting proof.

Accepting the payment will mean you confirm your businesses meets the eligibility criteria. You'll receive an email when we've processed your payment to advise you of this.

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