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Restart Grant

Back to Covid-19 business support grants overview.

The primary principle of the Restart Grant scheme is to support businesses that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the relevant sectors

The Restart Grant will be available to eligible businesses dependent on sector, not the requirement to close under Government restrictions. Businesses must have been trading on 1 April 2021 to be eligible to receive this grant.

Government guidance for the Restart Grant gives full details about the scheme, the award amounts and the businesses that are eligible to claim this grant.


There are two strands contained within the Restart Grant.

Strand One

Up to £6,000 per hereditament for Non-essential retail

A non-essential retail business can be defined as a business that is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services by the public, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public.

Strand Two

Up to £18,000 per hereditament for the following sectors:


A hospitality business can be defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.


For the purposes of this scheme, a leisure business can be defined as a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out


For the purposes of this scheme, an accommodation business can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other

Gym & sports

For the purposes of this scheme, a gym & sport business can be defined as a commercial or non-profit 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

For the purposes of this scheme, a personal care business can be defined as a business which provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing.


This scheme will close to applications on 30 June 2021. The Exeter Restart Grant Policy gives information about how we will decide eligibility and pay the grant awards


To apply for a Restart Grant, please use our Restart Grant application form

When this content has been updated

Last updated 14 April 2021