What is a Business Grant?

Grants are non-repayable funds or products disbursed or given by one party (grant makers), often a government department, corporation, foundation or trust, to a recipient, often (but not always) a non-profit entity, educational institution, business or an individual.

The grants listed below are aimed at the local business community, they will each have their own criteria, so it is worth taking the time to read what is eligible to be applied for.


Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment

This is a one-off grant payment to businesses in retail, leisure and hospitality sectors legally forced to close as part of the 5 January 2021 national lockdown.  

  • The one-off top-ups will be granted to closed businesses as follows:
  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

All those that have already applied for support through the 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 national lockdown scheme will not need to reapply. If you are a new applicant and believe you may be eligible, please go to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council – Businesses (welhat.gov.uk). This scheme will close 31 March 2021.  


National Lockdown Grant – From 5 January 2021

This grant is available to business forced to close as part of the 5 January 2021 national lockdown.  Businesses that are eligible include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses, and those that have been mandated to close by Government. Businesses will be eligible for the following:

Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local lockdown will receive a payment of £2,001 per 42-day qualifying restriction period.

Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local lockdown will receive a payment of £3,000 per 42-day qualifying restriction period.

Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the local lockdown, will receive £4,500 per 42-day qualifying restriction period.

All those that have already applied for support through the 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 national lockdown scheme will not need to reapply. If you are a new applicant and believe you may be eligible, please go to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council – Businesses (welhat.gov.uk). This scheme will close 31 March 2021. 


Closed Businesses in Tier 4 – From the 20 December 2020 to 5 January 2021

This grant is intended for businesses that have been mandated to close due to Tier 4 restrictions being implemented.

Your business may be eligible if:

  • You received a grant from the National Lockdown in November 2020 and your circumstances haven’t changed.
  • You occupy a property and pays business rates to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.
  • Has been required to close from the 20th December 2020, due to localised restrictions, and was trading up to this date.   Retrospective funding is not available before this date.
  • Has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises.

Businesses that could be eligible are those that have been mandated to close by Government and include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities, and hospitality businesses.

Businesses occupying properties appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £667 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.

Businesses occupying properties appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £1,000 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.

Businesses occupying properties appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the local restrictions, will receive £1,500 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.

All those that have already applied for support through the 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 national lockdown scheme will not need to reapply. If you are a new applicant and believe you may be eligible, please go to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council – Businesses (welhat.gov.uk).


Discretionary Grant for Closed Businesses in Tier 2 or Tier 3 – From 2 December 2020 until 19 December 2020

This grant is intended for businesses that were not permitted to reopen in Tier 2 or Tier 3.

Your business may be eligible if:

  • You occupy a property and pays business rates to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.
  • Has been required to close due to Tier 2 or Tier 3 Restrictions, following the November 2020 lockdown finishing on the 2nd December 2020, and was trading up to this date.
  • Has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises.

Please note you will not be eligible for this grant for if your business has not been required to close but are unable to continue operating due to social distancing rules. If you believe you may be eligible, please go to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council – Businesses (welhat.gov.uk).


Discretionary Grant for Open Businesses in Tier 2 or Tier 3 – From 2 December 2020 until 19th December 2020

This grant is a discretionary scheme and the funding is intended for businesses that were permitted to open but were still severely impacted by Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions.

Your business may be eligible if:

  • Your business had been able to open but has still been severely impacted by Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions
  • Have received less direct financial support from national schemes. So, if you were not eligible for 100% rates relief from COVID-19 and mandatory grant schemes.

If you believe you may be eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant for Open Businesses, please go to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council – Businesses (welhat.gov.uk).

National Lockdown Grant for Closed Businesses – From 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020

Businesses required to close in England due to national restrictions that commenced 5th November 2020 to 2nd December 2020 may be eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant.

Your business may be eligible if:

  • You occupy a property and pays business rates to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.
  • Has been required to close from the 5 November 2020, following the second national lockdown, and was trading up to this date.   Retrospective funding is not available before this date.
  • Has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises.

This grant is only intended for the November 2020 Lockdown.  If you believe you may be eligible for the November Lockdown grant, please go to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council – Businesses (welhat.gov.uk).


National Lockdown Grant for Closed Businesses – From 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020

Businesses required to close in England due to national restrictions that commenced 5th November 2020 to 2nd December 2020 may be eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant.

Your business may be eligible if:

  • You occupy a property and pays business rates to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.
  • Has been required to close from the 5 November 2020, following the second national lockdown, and was trading up to this date.   Retrospective funding is not available before this date.
  • Has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises.

This grant is only intended for the November 2020 Lockdown.  If you believe you may be eligible for the November Lockdown grant, please go to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council – Businesses (welhat.gov.uk).


Check out the grants available in Hertfordshire

New funding has been made available by the Government and allocated to Growth Hubs to help smaller businesses recover and rebuild following the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There’s lots of other grant funding opportunities in the County, click here to view them:


Crowdfund Hertfordshire: Small Business Innovation Fund

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Visit Herts are working in partnership to offer small and micro businesses within the tourism, leisure, hospitality, retail, arts and cultural sectors the chance to unlock between £2000 and £5000 in match funding to help overcome the challenges of Covid-19.

The £200,000 Hertfordshire LEP fund will be administered by Visit Herts and delivered through the Crowdfunder Pay it Forward platform. Participating businesses will raise money for their project through pledges from their community and loyal customers. Once a business secures their target through the Crowdfunder campaign, successful applicants will be able to unlock between £2,000 – £5,000 in match-funding from the Crowdfund Hertfordshire: Small Business Innovation Fund.

To qualify, your business will need to be located in Hertfordshire and be a micro or small business primarily operating in tourism, leisure, hospitality, retail, arts or culture sectors. You will need to demonstrate that your business has been affected by Covid-19 and how you would use the funding to adapt your current business to either operate during lockdown, or to adjust to post lockdown measures. You will also need to clearly demonstrate that the adjustments you intend to make will help protect jobs directly within your business.

Find out more about the fund and business criteria by downloading the full applicant guidance document here. 

If your business is eligible and you are interested in getting involved, you can apply for the fund here.