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Carlisle City Council is providing local businesses with free access to its local business support and grant portal provided by Open4Business. This is tailored for the Carlisle area and includes local, regional and national schemes.

Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.


Grants and Funding


Local Restrictions Support Grant

28 September 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Support for businesses in England that have been required to close due to temporary COVID-19 local lockdown restrictions imposed by the Government.

Objectives of Fund

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) supports businesses that were open as usual, providing services in person to customers from their business premises, but which were then required to close for at least three weeks due to local COVID-19 lockdown restrictions imposed by Government.

It is for businesses that pay business rates on their premises. Local councils may at their discretion also provide funding for businesses that do not pay business rates.

Value Notes

Eligible businesses that are within the relevant local authority area covered by localised coronavirus restrictions will receive a grant for each eligible hereditament and for each three-week period the restrictions are imposed.

If a business has a property with a rateable value of less than £51,000, it will receive a cash grant of £1,000 for each three-week period the business is closed. If a business has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, it will receive a cash grant of £1,500 for each three-week period of closure.

The grant will be extended to cover each additional three-week period, so if a business is closed for six weeks it will receive £2,000 or £3,000, depending on the rateable value of the property.

Grants will be based on the rateable value of the property on the first full day of local lockdown restrictions.

Discretionary funding

Applicants may receive a grant of up to £1,500 at the discretion of the local council if:

  • The business is required to close but it does not pay business rates.

  • The business is not required to close, but has been severely affected, for example as a result of customer businesses being closed.

Local councils will publish details of discretionary funding on their website.

Who Can Apply

A business may be eligible if it:

  • Occupies property on which it pays business rates.

  • Is in a local lockdown area and has been required to close because of the formal publication of local restrictions guidance that resulted in a first full day of closure on or after 9 September 2020. This funding is not retrospective.

  • Has been required to close for at least three weeks because of the lockdown.

  • Has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises.

For example, this could include non-essential retail, personal services or cafes/restaurants that operate primarily as an in-person venue, but which have been forced to close those services and provide a takeaway-only service instead.

Businesses that are required to close but do not pay business rates may be eligible for funding at the discretion of the local council, as may businesses not required to close but which are severely impacted.




The following exclusions apply:

  • Businesses that are able to continue to operate during the lockdown because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from their premises.

  • Businesses that have chosen to close, but have not been required to close as part of a local lockdown.

  • Businesses that are still subject to national closures such as nightclubs.

  • Businesses that have reached the state aid limit.

How To Apply

Applicants should visit their local council’s website to find out how to apply: Find the website for a local council

More details can be accessed here



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