Covid Restrictions: Business Grants

30th Nov 2020

There are a number of grants available to support Manchester businesses.

Local Restriction Support Grants (LRSG)

Manchester City Council can pay LRSGs to businesses in the city affected by Covid restrictions and closures. You might also be eligible for an additional backdated grant to August of between £3,000 and £6,825. Check eligibility and apply online:

£1000 Christmas Grants

If you are a ‘wet pub’ and have already received a LRSG, you don’t need to do another application to get an extra £1,000. Manchester City Council will use the details from your original application to send a form to complete and return. You will need to provide a copy of your accounts up to March 2020.

Additional Restriction Grants (ARG)

You might not be eligible for a LRSG but if your business has been affected financially, you might be able to claim an ARG. This applies to businesses with property costs that are not registered for business rates. Check eligibility and apply online:

Second Round Culture Grants

The Culture Recovery Fund: Grants Second Round is for cultural organisations as they transition back to a viable and sustainable operating model during April-June 2021. Check eligibility and apply online by 26th January:

Manchester City Council Licensing Team
December 2020 Tier 3: Business Briefing

With guests Karen Andrews and MCC Licensing Officer Fraser Swift. To ask specific questions about your venue, please feel free to email the team:


A guide to advise businesses through the grants system, application process, eligibility criteria and timelines. Plus an outline of Tier 3>2 regulations for winter.

Video Replay

Useful Links

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020

Grants Council page

Discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme

Tier 3 Guidance

Tier 2 Guidance

Government evidence for restrictions on hospitality

Government Christmas Guidance

Government Winter Plan

Working Safely: Pubs, Bars and Restaurants

Working Safely: Performing Arts Guidance

Working Safely: Visitor Economy (Hotels, events, Indoor and Outdoor attractions, Business events and consumer shows)

Furlough Scheme