Financial support for businesses affected by coronavirus

Support is available for businesses as a result of the restrictions.

There are 3 types of business support:

On this page:

Restart Grants

The government have announced a one-off Restart Grant from 1 April 2021 to "help businesses re-open"  in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym/sports sectors. The purpose of the Restart Grant is to support businesses that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the relevant sectors.

You can read which businesses are eligible for a Restart Grant and our Restart Grant policy

The closing date for applications is 30 June 2021.

Discretionary Grants


Please note: All of the business support grants administered by us are shown on this page. 


Additional Restrictions (Discretionary) Grant (ARG) 

There are currently no Additional Restrictions (Discretionary) Grant (ARG) schemes open.

We are awaiting an update from Government as to further funding to support businesses.  Please be assured that when we have an update on new Government grant funding and support schemes for businesses, we will let businesses know via our business enews and on this webpage.

Businesses should continue to monitor this webpage and sign up to receive our business support email newsletter and follow us on our Twitter @NFDCBizUpdates for further updates on COVID support schemes for businesses.

The Discretionary grants are administered by the Economic Development team who can be contacted on

Business Rates holiday

Some businesses are eligible for a Business Rates holiday for one year from 1 April 2020. This has now been extended to 30 June 2021.  From 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 eligible businesses will receive a 66% discount.

You may be eligible for the discount on your Business Rates bill in either of the following circumstances:

  • Your business occupies a property in the expanded retail sector
  • Your business occupies a property in the leisure or hospitality sectors

If you are not currently receiving a reduction, find out more about the Expanded Retail Discount.

The discount is also available for registered childcare nurseries with providers on Fasted's Early Years Register, who mainly occupy premises for provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

If you're eligible for the discount and haven't received it yet, call us on 01590 646119 or email

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