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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Strategic Framework Business Fund

Published: 31 Dec 2020
Last updated: 2 Mar 2021 - see all updates

Grants for businesses that are required to close by law as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Find out who is eligible and how to apply.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Strategic Framework Business Fund
Further support

Further support

£185m of sector support

This support will target specific sectors including:

  • wedding sector
  • events sector
  • travel agents
  • inbound tour operators
  • accommodation services, including self-catering, visitor accommodation hostels, hotels, B&Bs and guest houses
  • outdoor tourism sector
  • mobile close contact services
  • visitor attractions
  • coach companies and tour operators
  • hospitality
  • live music and cultural venues
  • arts sector
  • indoor football centres
  • food and drink sector
  • taxi drivers - the Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund supports this sector

A package of business support worth £185 million will be made available.

On 21 January, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism confirmed support for larger self-catering properties and B&Bs paying council tax – see See: support for larger self-catering properties and B&Bs.  Details of how to access the Large Self-Catering Grant and the Exclusive Use Grant, and support for B&Bs paying Council tax rather than NDR, will be published in Find Business Support shortly.  Please do not contact your local authority for further information about these funds at the moment.

The find business support website will be updated with more information when available.

Hospitality, non-essential retail and leisure top up funds

The level of additional support for hospitality, non-essential retail and leisure businesses (such as indoor gyms) which are required to close in level 4 was increased on 11 January 2021.

Non-essential retail and leisure top up payment

Eligible businesses will be given up to an additional £9,000 (previously £3,000) as a one-off payment.

There is not a separate application process for the retail and leisure top up grant, instead these will be made to eligible businesses through the Strategic Framework Business Fund grant payments, detailed in this guide.

Non-essential retail and leisure businesses which are already in receipt of Strategic Framework Business Fund grants do not need to reapply for a top up grant, these will be automatically paid with the grant payment.

If you have not already submitted an application for the Strategic Framework Business Fund, you should apply through your local authority website. To be eligible for the top up payment you must apply by 5 February 2020.

Eligible retail and leisure businesses will receive:

  • a one-off grant of £9,000 for all relevant businesses with a rateable value of £51,001 or more
  • a one-off grant of £6,000 for relevant businesses with a rateable value of up to and including £51,000

In most cases, payment will be combined with the next tranche of payments for the Strategic Framework Business Fund due to go to businesses on 25 January 2021.

The following are eligible for the Retail and Leisure Top Up

  • Non-essential retail (shop fronts) required to close
  • Premises that provide close contact services
  • Sports and Exercise - indoor gyms, swimming pools, dance studios, exercise class/yoga studios, indoor soccer centres
  • Leisure - cinemas, arcades, soft play, funfairs, indoor bowling, theatres, comedy clubs, snooker/pool halls, casinos, bingo halls, nightclubs, concert halls

Hospitality top up payment

Hospitality businesses that have applied for and are eligible to a payment of up to £3,000 from the Strategic Framework Business Fund will receive:

  • a one-off grant of £25,000 for premises with a rateable value of £51,001 or more
  • a one-off grant of £6,000 for premises with a rateable value of up to and including £51,000

There is not a separate application process for the retail and leisure top up grant, instead these will be made to eligible businesses through the Strategic Framework Business Fund grant payments, detailed in this guide. 

Non-essential retail and leisure businesses which are already in receipt of Strategic Framework Business Fund grants do not need to reapply for a top up grant, these will be automatically paid with the grant payment.

If you have not already submitted an application for the Strategic Framework Business Fund, you should apply through your local authority website. To be eligible for the top up payment you must apply by 5 February 2020.

In most cases, payment will be combined with the next tranche of payments for the Strategic Framework Business Fund due to go to businesses on 25 January 2021.

Restaurants, bars, pubs, licensed social and sports clubs, cafes and hotels are in scope for the hospitality top up payment. Other accommodation providers (self-catering, B&Bs, guesthouses, visitor hostels, campsite and caravan parks) are not eligible.


First published: 31 Dec 2020 Last updated: 2 Mar 2021 -