14 January 2021

Third Self-Employment Grant

Grant income

Are you eligible for the third self-employment grant and have not yet claimed this yet? Do not miss the deadline to claim of 29th January 2021!

The third grant covers November 2020 – January 2021 and is open for applicants but has a stricter criteria to the previous two grants.

Can you claim for the grant?

You must have traded in both tax years:

  • 2018-19 (and submitted your Self-Assessment tax return on or before 23 April 2020)
  • 2019-20

You must either:

  • Be currently trading but are impacted by reduced demand due to Coronavirus.


  • Have fewer clients or customers than you would normally expect.
  • Have one or more contracts that have been cancelled and not replaced.
  • Carried out less work due to supply chain disruptions.

You must NOT claim if the only impact on your business has been increased costs for PPE etc.

  • Have been trading but are temporarily unable to do so due to Coronavirus.


  • Your business has had to close due to government restrictions.
  • You have been instructed to shield or self-isolate.
  • You have tested positive for coronavirus and you are unable to work.
  • You cannot work due to caring responsibilities (e.g., school closures).

You must also declare that:

  • You intend to continue to trade.
  • You reasonably believe there will be a significant reduction in your trading profits.

How much will you receive for the grant?

The taxable grant is worth 80% of your average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months’ worth of profits which is capped at £7,500.00.

How to claim?

You can claim for the third self-employment grant using the online government service, you will need a government gateway account to do so. Please click here to visit the online service. After you have claimed, for your records, you must keep a copy of the amount claimed and the reference.

If you would like more detail about the claim, visit the HMRC website.

If you have a business and you have been forced to close due to government restrictions, you may be eligible for further grants from the government. Click here for more information.

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