Coronavirus (Covid-19) business grants

Following the Budget announcement, we are awaiting the detailed policy documents from government regarding the Restart Grant scheme. Our website will be updated once more information is available.

The government has now published a four-step roadmap to ease restrictions across England and provide a route back to a more normal way of life.

As a result, we are now able to issue the next round of grants for eligible businesses impacted by the lockdown restrictions – covering the period up to 31 March.

If you have already successfully applied for either the Local Restrictions Support Grant or Additional Restrictions Grant you do not need to do anything.

You will automatically receive a further payment for the next round of grants, providing you continue to meet the eligibility criteria.

If you have not yet applied, you can do so via our single application form. Our teams will determine which grant or grants you are eligible for based on the information you provide.

Please note, new applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant will not be accepted after 5 March.

If you have made an application and not yet heard if it was successful, bear with us while we complete the assessment process – we have committed extra resources to process applications and issue payments faster.

We will send you a decision notice to confirm the outcome of your application and, for those that are successful, any outstanding payments will be made automatically.

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

Essential Maintenance

Due to essential maintenance, all online grant application forms will be unavailable from 6:00pm Sunday 07 March to 5:00pm Monday 08 March 2021. Normal service will be restored after this time. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 What happens after you've applied

As you fill in the form you will be told 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 will assess your application. If you are eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant, we intend to make payments within two weeks.

Payments for the Additional Restrictions Grant take longer as this requires more verification checks and additional supporting evidence to be reviewed and considered.

We apologise for any delay you may experience – we have committed extra resources to process applications and issue payments faster. We anticipate making thousands of payments over the next four to five weeks.

Once your payment has been processed a letter will be sent to you explaining which grants you were successful in applying for.

Only contact the council if you have not had a response after our anticipated payment timeframe has passed.

This will help us to process payments quicker and allow our teams to focus on assessing applications.

So far we have paid out more than £105m 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.