Evening and Night Time Economy Grant

We will be delivering £800,000 worth of evening and night-time economy grants of up to £5k directly to businesses who received the first phase of this grant earlier this year. 

Businesses who have previously received this grant do not need to contact us – this additional grant will be paid automatically.

Any venues who open in the evening and have not previously received an evening and night-time economy grant can apply for a hardship grant.

Which businesses are eligible?

These grants are for venues who bring our town and districts to life in the evenings and have been directly impacted by the national restrictions which has affected the substantial part of their business.

To be eligible, venues must demonstrate that evening and night-time trade usually plays a fundamental role in the day-to-day operation of the business.

They must have physical premises from which they trade and pay a regular (monthly) business mortgage or rent. Virtual business models are ineligible.

These grants do not cover the retail sector (whether essential or non-essential retail) or businesses who rent out venue space but do not themselves serve paying customers on site.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that, pre-Covid restrictions, they would open for business at 9pm, for a minimum of five days per week. Businesses must have been active (even if unable to open) on 5 January 2021.

Businesses will fall into the following categories:

  • limited companies
  • community interest companies
  • limited liability partnerships
  • sole traders and charities – only where they operate from a physical venue serving paying customers on the premises and open at 9pm during normal circumstances. This does not include retailers or places of worship. 

Eligible businesses include (but not exclusive to)

Hospitality businesses

  • Pubs
  • Restaurants
  • Nightclubs
  • Hotels – with bar or restaurant services only

Leisure businesses

  • Theatres and independent cinemas
  • Escape and panic rooms 

To be eligible, businesses:

  • must have a trading address in the London Borough of Croydon
  • must have been active/trading on the 5 January 2021 (even if unable to open)
  • must be fully constituted – it must not be in administration, insolvent or have had a striking-off notice made, either when the national restrictions came into effect, at the point of application, or when the grant is due to be paid
  • Businesses must comply with the new subsidy control rules and be compliant with the additional restrictions guidance. 

Businesses not eligible include:

  • businesses without a physical venue as premises, and those that operate virtually or from residential premises (storage costs are ineligible)
  • companies that are in administration, or insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made would not eligible for funding under this scheme
  • businesses that would exceed the state aid if given the grant

Supporting evidence

You will need the following information and evidence to complete the application.

Failure to provide the necessary supporting evidence will result in a delay processing applications and will therefore cause a delay in the payment of grants. 

  • Evidence of the fixed ongoing building (venue) costs (for example, copy of signed lease, contract, licence or business mortgage agreement) and evidence of payment of building costs. Costs for storage units are not eligible. 
  • A copy of the bank statement for the account into which you would like the grant to be paid. This must have the same bank account number and sort code as the details you provide in your application and must be provided in PDF format.
  • Profit and loss summary for the last 12 months or for year 2019/2020. 
  • Company registration (or UTRN) number. 
  •  Website address/social media account to demonstrate your usual (pre-Covid) opening hours.

The government and Croydon Council will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud – any business caught falsifying records to gain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.

How to apply

Any venues who open in the evening and have not previously received an evening and night-time economy grant can apply for a hardship grant

Once submitted, applications will be assessed within 20 working days. Successful applicants will receive funding within seven working days of receiving confirmation of their grant.

We reserve the right to close or pause the application process depending on demand.  The council reserves the right to vary the terms of the scheme at any time, and without notice, should it be necessary to do so.