Business Grants

Job Retention Scheme

  • This extended Job Retention Scheme will operate as the previous scheme did, with businesses being paid upfront to cover wages costs. There will be a short period when we need to change the legal terms of the scheme and update the system and businesses will be paid in arrears for that period.
  • As under the current CJRS, flexible furloughing will be allowed in addition to full-time furloughing.
  • Further details, including how to claim this extended support through an updated claims service, will be provided shortly.
  • The Job Support Scheme will be introduced following the end of the CJRS.

Who is eligible?


  • All employers with a UK bank account and UK PAYE schemes can claim the grant. Neither the employer nor the employee needs to have previously used the CJRS.
  • The government expects that publicly funded organisations will not use the scheme, as has already been the case for CJRS, but partially publicly funded organisations may be eligible where their private revenues have been disrupted. All other eligibility requirements apply to these employers.


  • To be eligible to be claimed for under this extension, employees must be on an employer’s PAYE payroll by 23:59 30th October 2020. This means a Real Time Information (RTI) submission notifying payment for that employee to HMRC must have been made on or before 30th October 2020.
    *As under the current CJRS rules:
  • Employees can be on any type of contract. Employers will be able to agree any working arrangements with employees.
  • Employers can claim the grant for the hours their employees are not working, calculated by reference to their usual hours worked in a claim period. Such calculations will broadly follow the same methodology as currently under the CJRS.
  • When claiming the CJRS grant for furloughed hours, employers will need to report and claim for a minimum period of 7 consecutive calendar days.
  • Employers will need to report hours worked and the usual hours an employee would be expected to work in a claim period.
  • For worked hours, employees will be paid by their employer subject to their employment contract and employers will be responsible for paying the tax and NICs due on those amounts.

What support is being provided and employer costs:

  • For hours not worked by the employee, the government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500. The grant must be paid to the employee in full.
  • Employers will pay employer NICs and pension contributions, and should continue to pay the employee for hours worked in the normal way.
  • As with the current CJRS, employers are still able to choose to top up employee wages above the scheme grant at their own expense if they wish.
  • The Government will confirm shortly when claims can first be made in respect of employee wage costs during November, but there will be no gap in eligibility for support between the previously announced end-date of CJRS and this extension.

How to apply

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 April 2021.

Claims for furlough days in December 2020 must be made by 14 January 2021.

You can no longer submit claims for claim periods ending on or before 31 October 2020.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Third Grant

The UK Government recognises the continued impact that coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on the self-employed and has taken action to provide support.

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension provides critical support to the self-employed in the form of two grants, each available for three month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021.

f you were not eligible for the first and second grant based on the information in your Self Assessment tax returns, you will not be eligible for the third.

HMRC expects you to make an honest assessment about whether you reasonably believe your business will have a significant reduction in profits.

To make a claim for the third grant your business must have had a new or continuing impact from coronavirus between 1 November 2020 and 29 January 2021, which you reasonably believe will have a significant reduction in your profits.

The third taxable grant is worth 80% of your average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months’ worth of profits, and capped at £7,500 in total.

The online service to claim the third grant is open. Make your claim from the date we give you either by email, letter or within the service. If you’re eligible, you must make your claim for the third grant on or before 29 January 2021.

The grant does not need to be repaid if you’re eligible, but will be subject to Income Tax and self-employed National Insurance and must be reported on your 2020 to 2021 Self Assessment tax return.

You must keep evidence to support your claim.

Grants under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme are not counted as ‘access to public funds’, and you can claim the grant on all categories of work visa.

How to apply

You must make your claim on or before 29 January 2021.

To make a claim for the third grant your business must have been impacted by coronavirus on or after 1 November 2020.

You can make a claim for the third grant if you’re eligible, even if you did not make a claim for the first or second.

Claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – GOV.UK (

Newcastle Council Business Grant

You can now apply for a range of new business grants to support businesses impacted by local and national restrictions. Specifically, these grants are to support businesses legally forced to close, and those in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors (or supplying businesses in these sectors) that were severely impacted by local restrictions and/or national lockdowns.

To apply for support you need to use our online forms to provide information. We will use your information to calculate what level of grant you may be eligible for. The specific schemes are:

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant Closed
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant Open
  • Christmas Support Payment for Wet-Led Pubs
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant Sector
  • National Lockdown Grants (to be confirmed)

We have also ‘topped-up’ these schemes with funding through the ‘Additional Restrictions Grant’ (ARG) to extend the eligibility criteria. We do not plan to launch a separate application process for the ARG.

Businesses may be eligible for more than one type of grant. Our systems are designed to calculate the grants that each business is entitled to, based on the information provided to us.

Before applying for a grant, please ensure you have read the detailed eligibility criteria found here.

How to apply

To receive a grant, you will first need to apply for support for the period 18th Sep – 2nd Dec 2020.

Apply for business support grant up to 2nd Dec 2020

You will then be given a reference number which you will need to apply for further funding from the 2nd Dec 2020 onwards. This includes support for those prevented from reopening following the national restrictions, grants for businesses required to close under Tier 4 restrictions, the one-off national lockdown grants for the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors and grants for wet-led pubs.

Apply for business support grant for 2nd Dec 2020 onwards 

At this time, we are unfortunately unable to provide grants to every business, including those working from home, businesses without fixed premises costs, and businesses that have not been legally required to close outside of the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors and its supply chain. Please see below for advice on other sources of support that may be of use

Durham Business Recovery Grant

Eligible businesses are those businesses able to demonstrate that they:

  • have a significant operational base, but less than 250 employees in County Durham
  • were established before 11 March 2020
  • are set up for profit and registered to pay tax on profit (in any format, eg sole trader, limited company)
  • use a business bank account (separating personal and business finance)
  • can demonstrate a significant adverse impact from Covid-19
  • can demonstrate solvency
  • can outline a credible and costed recovery plan
  • can fund their share of the recovery plan

Social enterprises (for example, community interest companies) are eligible provided they meet the above and can demonstrate that they generate 51% or more of their sales from commercial activity (excluding income from donations, grants and contracts not won through a competitive process).

How to apply

Before you apply for a Durham Business Recovery Grant, please read the essential information – Durham Business Recovery Grant – essential information to help you prepare your application. The quality of your application will reflect the decision turnaround time of the application process.


Apply for a Durham Business Recovery Grant – Durham County Council

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