Coronavirus (Covid-19) business grants

On the 31 October 2020 the Government announced further national restrictions starting on 5 November 2020. The Government have put grant schemes in place to support businesses.

We have a single application form for the business grants we administer that are related to COVID19 and available from November 2020.

Before you start

You will find it quicker to fill in the application form if you have ready:

  • your business rates account number - if you have one.
    You can help us to speed up your application by providing a business rates account number. If you don't provide it we may need to come back to you for further information.
  • Company or charity registration number
  • VAT registration number
  • Business bank account name, number and sort code
  • A recent bank statement
  • authority to act on behalf of the company if applicable

If you don't have a business rates account number you will also be asked to provide:

  • numbers of full time staff and numbers of temporary or part time staff
  • Proof of payments to staff - payroll or bank statement
  • fixed monthly costs and evidence of those costs - this could be a bank statement or bills
    for example, leases, mortgage or rental agreements, utility payments, monthly insurance costs

Apology: We made a small hidden change to the form on the evening of the 16 November 2020, unfortunately it meant some people were unable to complete the form. We fixed this early on the 17 November 2020.  We apologise for any frustration this caused. It will not affect the speed with which we deal with your application.

What happens after you've applied

You will be told within the form if you may be eligible for a grant. At the end of the form you can download a copy of your submission for your records.

We anticipate making thousands of payments over the next few weeks.

We will assess your application and if you are successful for the Local Restrictions Support Grant we intend to make payments within 2 weeks. It may take us longer to make payments for the Additional Restrictions Grant.

It may take us longer if we need to ask you for more information.

It may take us longer if we have to respond to calls and emails asking where your application is up to. 

So far this year, we have paid out over £91m in business support grants to support businesses in Cheshire East. 


Find coronavirus financial support for your business

The Government has launched an online tool so you can find out what support is available to you and your business.

Business support through COVID-19

See our business support page for details of other schemes available to businesses.