Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Support Grant Schemes


The government has announced a range of grant packages to support local businesses impacted by restriction measures in place to manage the COVID-19 crisis. Further information about each scheme is shown below.

On 3 March 2021 the Government announced the introduction of a one-off grant from 1 April 2021 to provide support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses.

This is designed to support businesses that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in fixed rate-paying premises, in the relevant sectors.

The amount of funding available for eligible businesses is as follows:

Non-essential retail premises

Premises whose rateable value is


Less than or equal to £15,000


More than £15,000 but less than £51,000


More than or equal to £51,000



Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses

Premises whose rateable value is


Less than or equal to £15,000


More than £15,000 but less than £51,000


More than or equal to £51,000


Find out more about the scheme and eligibility.

To make a claim please go to (this will take you to an external site to make your claim).

Please note: that you will need your property reference to make a claim. You can find this on your business rates bill or online at (referred to here as the local authority reference). This is 12 digits long and is not the same as your 9 digit account number.

For claims under the Additional Restrictions Grant (discretionary) scheme please see the section below.

Grants worth up to £4,714 are available to businesses with premises required by law to close during nation restrictions that were applied from 5 January 2021. These latest grants relate the period of closure from 16 February to 31 March.

See a full list of businesses required to close.

The grant is payable to the ratepayer of a property shown on the local rating list. The value of payment available is dependent on the rateable value of the property, the thresholds are as shown below:

Local Restrictions Grant Funding:

  • Properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or less will receive £2,096
  • Properties with a rateable value over £15,000 but less than £51,000 will receive £3,143
  • Properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over will receive £4,714

Grants are not available to businesses:

  • That are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct, in-person services from the premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants and solicitors are excluded from this grant scheme)
  • Who have chosen to close but have not been instructed to
  • That are in administration, insolvent or are subject to a striking-off notice

How to apply

Please note: if your business was previously paid a grant as the premises was required to close during the first part of the 3rd national lockdown (5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021 inclusive), you do not need to complete an application form as we already have your details to make a further payment to you under the new measures. These payments will automatically paid to you

Apply for Local Restrictions Grant Funding

The 2020/21 ARG scheme is now closed to new applications. A new scheme will be announced shortly for 2021/22 and will be available to claim from mid-May 2021.

A "one-off" grant of £300 (under the Council's Additional Restrictions Grant Fund) is now available for taxi drivers who have been impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic. To qualify for this payment, you must meet the following criteria.

  • Hold a current taxi driver licence with Peterborough City Council
  • Have been operating on 4 November 2020 as a taxi driver, and held a taxi licence at that date
  • Live within the Peterborough City Council area

How to apply

To apply, please complete the online form. You will need to provide:

  • Your bank details for payment to be made to
  • Your DVLA registered driving licence number
  • Your Peterborough taxi licence number

Apply for Taxi Grant

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