Please note: Applications closed for this scheme on January 31, 2021. No late applications will be accepted.

On December 1, 2020, the Government announced the introduction of additional support over the festive period for wet-led pubs in areas under Tier 2 or 3 restrictions.

Who is eligible?

Wet led pubs are those pubs that derive under 50% of their income from food sales covering the period that they have been open.

Pubs should under normal circumstances (without local or national restrictions) be described as: open to the general public, allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided, allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed and permit drinks to be purchased at a bar

Local Authorities may request that pubs provide accounting evidence that they derive under 50% of their income from food sales to determine that the pub is wet led. These accounts should be dated no later than 11 March 2020 (covering a period when trade was not affected by Covid-19).

Who isn’t eligible?

  • Pubs that derive over 50% of their income from food sales will not be eligible to receive funding through this grant scheme
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme for the purposes of this grant
  • For these purposes, the definition of a pub should exclude restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.


Under the CSP scheme, Local Authorities will provide a one-off payment amounting to £1,000 per wet-led pub in each eligible Local Authority where Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions are imposed following the scheduled Tier review dates of 2 December and 16 December.

How do I apply?

Deadline for applications for CSP

Applications for the Christmas Support Payment for the period December 2 - December 29, 2020 closed on Sunday January 31, 2021. No further application will be accepted.

Last updated: Tue 9th February, 2021 @ 16:57