Coronavirus (COVID-19) help for businesses

The Council has been awarded a further allocation of Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) by government to help businesses to recover from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and to help rebuild the local economy. 

Please refer to the Council's grant policy for full details.

Part of the  ARG allocation will be used to support businesses that continue to have their business operations affected and part will provide a ‘recovery and growth programme’, which will include a package of direct business support, including business coaching.

It will also include a grant scheme to assist those looking to invest in their premises, facilities, or equipment to enable them to re-open quickly, bring staff and customers safely back to work or to capitalise on new opportunities.


This is a discretionary grant scheme to support those businesses who have had their business operations affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). The grant will be made available to those businesses who are able to demonstrate that after 19 July 2021 the business continued to be affected by the pandemic.

The circumstances in which a grant will be awarded are exceptional and COVID related.

Eligibility Criteria

The grant will be made available to only businesses and organisations trading from a property based in the Cheshire East Council boundary. One of the following must apply:

  • Business is operating at a reduced capacity due to staff shortages as a result of isolation requirements.
  • Business has had to close for operational issues due to COVID-19 outbreak or isolation requirements
  • The business cashflow has been disrupted as a result of a COVID-19 In addition the business must be able to evidence the cost of the interruption to business operations.

Businesses must apply to the Council via an online form in order to be considered for a grant payment. If an application is submitted with insufficient evidence or information it will be refused.

There is no right of appeal and the Council’s original decision will be final. Amount of Grant A grant of £500 per day up to a maximum of £5,000 will be paid to those business who meet the eligibility criteria and who can evidence the number of days of interruption to business operations.

Businesses should not contact the Council requesting an update on their application. The grant will be open to applications from 9am on Friday 24 September 2021 and will close for applications at midnight on Friday 17 December 2021 or before if the fund is fully committed before that date.

For more information on the eligibility please read our Grants Policy.

How to apply for the grant

Please complete the application form below:

Application Form

This Recovery and Growth Grant Programme is to support economic recovery and assist businesses that are seeking to grow, adapt, diversify, and expand their current operation to support long-term sustainability. The grant will be made available for businesses seeking to invest in their premises, facilities or equipment that will enable them to re-open quickly, bring staff and customers safely back to work or to capitalise on new opportunities. The grant is paid retrospectively.

Eligibility Criteria

The grant will be made available to only businesses and organisations trading from a property based in the Cheshire East Council boundary.

Businesses must have submitted an online application form outlining the expenditure and the amount of grant they are requesting toward the total cost, up to a maximum of £25,000. 

  • Only the following expenditure will be eligible for a grant:
    • furniture, fittings and equipment to create outside business spaces or to adapt internal workspaces
    • improved building ventilation/ air exchange or low carbon heating and green energy solutions 
    • specialist electric vehicles and associated charging points for business uses
    • digital hardware and software to enable the adoption of new digital business practices including setting up a new e-commerce or e-POS systems, payment systems or to enable flexible/ remote  working etc
    • purchase of equipment or machinery to capitalise on new and emerging business opportunities
    • access improvements / amendments (i.e. motion sensor doors, queueing adaptations, one-way set-ups, improvised waiting areas etc)
    • internal adaptations (i.e. relocation of existing fixtures / fittings / services etc. potentially to support revised utilisation of space to ensure social distancing or diversified uses of premises)
  • Businesses must have been trading on 1 April 2021 
  • Only expenditure which occurred after 1st July 2021 will be eligible

If an application is submitted with insufficient evidence or information it will be refused. Please note there is no right of appeal and the Council’s original decision will be final.

The grant cannot be used for the following: 

  • salaries or wage subsidies
  • acquisition of land / buildings either directly or indirectly 
  • consultancy, design and statutory application fees 
  • professional fees (e.g. solicitor / surveyor / architect) 
  • personal Protective Equipment, consumable items such as masks/gloves/sanitiser refill etc. 
  • servicing existing business debt 
  • marketing campaigns

Amount of Grant

Grants will be made available from £5,000 up to a maximum of £25,000 per business towards the eligible expenditure. 

Grants will be awarded as follows

Grant awards
 Amount of Eligible Expenditure  Intervention Rate
£5,000 to £10,000 100%
Above £10,000 50% (up to a maximum grant of £25,000)

 Where eligible expenditure is between £5,000 to £10,000 a grant towards the full amount of this expenditure will be awarded. 

Where eligible expenditure is above £10,000, we will provide 50% of the costs up to a maximum grant £25,000.

Businesses should not contact the Council requesting an update on their application.

The grant will be open to applications from 9am on Tuesday 5th October 2021 and will close for applications at midnight on Friday 17th December 2021 or before if the fund is fully committed before that date.

For more information on the eligibility please read our Grants Policy. 

Please complete the application form below:

Application Form

Business Rate Payments

Include your outstanding Business Rates with your instalments for 2021/22

We're offering businesses who have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic the opportunity to recalculate outstanding Business Rates with your monthly instalments through to March 2022.

Use our contact us form to apply.

Expanded Retail Discount and Nursery Discount is available for 2020/21 and 2021/22, applications for 2020/21 must be made by 30 September 2021. Further information on these discounts are available on our Business rates reliefs page.

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.