Help for businesses and grants
Latest news - 01 July 2021
Restart grants from 1 April 2021
The application period for this grant has now ended.
Additional restrictions grant
The scheme has been set up to support businesses in the worst affected sectors that have not been able access grant support.
More specifically this includes:
- Businesses that have been required to close but aren’t eligible for closed grant because they don’t have a business rates account
- Events/hospitality/leisure supply chain businesses, or businesses reliant upon these sectors for the majority of their business, with or without business rates accounts that haven’t been paid a closed grant
- Retail businesses not required to close but can demonstrate a substantial loss of income as a result of restrictions
- Childrens nurseries (providers on Ofsted’s early years register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of the early years foundation stage) that weren’t eligible for small business grant or discretionary grant
- Childcare businesses providing before and after school care
- Businesses that are not required to close, but that can show they have been severely restricted by the Covid-19 restrictions. The business must not have been paid a grant already (excluding the original grants retail/small business/discretionary grant) and must demonstrate substantial income loss and ongoing fixed business costs.
- Animal grooming businesses that have been denied a closed grant as a result of BEIS advice issued 26/2/21 (these will be paid from Closed grant applications – a separate application is not required).
- For businesses where the main business activity would normally be that of a travel agent and where the business has a business rates account ARG will be paid to make the total grant amount paid for 21/22 equivalent to a Strand 2 Restart Grant payment (where State Aid rules allow).
The payment amounts will generally be a single payment based upon the amount similar businesses in the same sector are being estimated to receive from the open and closed grant schemes from 5 August to 31 March 2021. The payment from 1 April 2021 will, in most cases, be one third of the value of the payment to 31 March 2021.
A table indicating the amount a businesses will receive is available for download.
ARG must not act as an income replacement scheme. Therefore only businesses that can demonstrate they have significant ongoing fixed business costs can be considered.
In order to ensure there is not an overspend the Council reserves the right, in the unlikely event it appears funds are running out, to pay businesses that only submit their first application on or after 1 May 2021 a phase 2 payment only. It also reserves the right to use a later date for this reduced payment instead if neccessary.