Grants & Lockdowns
Here is a quick round up of guidance and grants across the 4 nations.

England

As in lockdown, all animal attractions must close in England. The lockdown is to allow for the most vulnerable groups to be vaccinated, however, Boris did mention that he hopes children can return to school after the February half term. Reopening for February half term is unknown.

New Lockdown Grant - England & Devolved Nations:
For the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, a one-off grant has been announced linked to your rateable value.

In England, you'll obtain: £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 & £51,000 and £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

Additional funding: Additional funding is also available through the local restrictions support fund.

Scotland

Like all other nations, Scotland is also in lockdown, however, outdoor areas of farm parks can remain open to the local area only. This is expected to last for at least 4 weeks, but is under constant review.

Funding for Scotland: £375 million additional funding have been provided to the Scottish Parliament for this lockdown. No details have yet been announced on how this funding will be distributed.

Existing grant funding is available through the Scottish Strategic Framework Business Fund. In addition, there is an additional £185M Support Fund (with £5M earmarked for attractions) but no details on how to access this fund are yet available).

Wales

Wales have been in lockdown since 26 December and as such farm parks are closed. Mark Drakeford has said this is likely to remain for the rest of January.

Funding for Wales: The Economic Resilience Scheme opens on 11 January (for 2 weeks or until fund is allocated). You can get prepared and check eligibility now.

£227 million additional funding has been provided to the Welsh Government for this lockdown. No details have yet been announced on how this funding will be distributed.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland have had increased restrictions since 26 December, however, a 'stay at home' order is now becoming law. Farm Parks are currently closed. These restrictions are likely to continue for the rest of January.

Funding for Northern Ireland: The Localised Restriction Support Scheme provides government funding.

Northern Ireland Executive have received £127 million in additional funding for this lockdown. No details have yet been announced on how this funding will be distributed.
Reminder - NFAN's Zoom Chat
Wednesday 6th January at 7-8pm
Here is a reminder for tonight's Zoom. Join other NFAN members to discuss restrictions and likely reopening dates, making the most of the VAT cut & other government support and future lobbying asks.

To join the Zoom call, please log into Zoom using the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83170282322?pwd=b0hXRmZmcFZZK28rQm0zK3BhYXBpQT09
Meeting ID: 831 7028 2322 Passcode: 467418
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