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Restart Grant

Find out about the Restart Grant scheme and how to apply.
Restart Grant Applications closed on 30 June 2021

The Business Rates Team are processing all applications made before the closing date.

If you have not received an email notification with the outcome of your application, please complete a Comments and Enquiries form to query this with the team.

On 1 April, a new Restart Grant was made available for businesses in Lewisham. This scheme is to support the recovery of the high street as national restrictions are gradually lifted and will replace the current Local Restrictions Support Grants.


There are two different strands to this grant funding.

Strand one is eligible for:

  • non-essential retail.

Strand two is eligible for:

  • hospitality
  • leisure
  • personal care
  • gyms.

To receive this funding your business must be registered to pay Business Rates in Lewisham.

Sector definitions

For the purposes of this scheme, the business definitions are as follows:

  • Non-essential retail: a business that is open to the general public and is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public.
  • Hospitality: a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.
  • Leisure: a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming.
  • Accommodation: a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.
  • Gym and Sport: a commercial establishment where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis, using exercise equipment or open floor space with or without instruction, or where individual and group sporting, athletic and physical activities are participated in competitively or recreationally.
  • Personal care: a business which provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing.

Read more on the business definitions within each of the strands by downloading the Restart Grant: guidance for local authorities. 

How much you will receive

The grant amount payable under each strand of the scheme is dependent on the rateable value of the premises you are claiming for – the higher the rateable value, the higher the grant. Three bands are used:

Strand one

Rateable value  One-off payment 
 £1 - £15,000  £2,667
 £15,000 - £50,999  £4,000
 £51,000 and above  £6,000

Strand two

Rateable value One-off payment 
 £1 - £15,000  £8,000
 £15,000 - £50,999  £12,000
 £51,000 and above  £18,000

How to apply

Restart Grant applications closed on 30 June 2021. 

What happens next

Payments won’t be made until after 1 April 2021. Please complete the online application to be considered for the Restart grant. We will process the grant payments from the week commencing 19 April 2021.

Subsidy allowance

The EU State aid rules no longer apply to subsidies granted in the UK following the end of the Brexit transition period, on 31 December 2020.

This does not impact the limited circumstances in which State aid rules still apply under the Withdrawal Agreement, specifically Article 10 of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

The UK remains bound by its international commitments, including Subsidy obligations set out in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) with the EU.

You can find guidance for public authorities on complying with the UK’s international obligations on subsidy control on the Government’s website.