Help for businesses and grants

Latest news - 01 June 2021

Local restrictions support grant (closed businesses)

The application period for grants up to 1 April 2021 has now ended.


Restart grants from 1 April 2021

The details of this grant can be found at

1. Restart Grant.


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. Further information can be found at

2. Additional Restrictions Grant


All grant applications are being assessed as quickly as possible and we are aiming to process applications within 28 days of receipt of a full application (including all supporting information). If you do not receive any communication after 28 days from the date you submitted your full application please get back in touch with us by emailing and we will look into your application further.

1. Restart grant

The Government has announced the introduction of grant support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England. This one-off grant is called Restart Grant and is available for businesses in these sectors with a current business rates account.

The following payment strands will apply:

Strand 1 (Non-essential retail businesses)

RV Band Amount
£15k & under £2,667
Over £15k & below £51k £4,000
£51k & over  £6,000

Strand 2 (Hospitality, Leisure, Accommodation, Personal Care & Gyms)

RV Band     Amount
£15k & under £8,000
Over £15k & below £51k £12,000
£51k & over £18,000

See Definitions document for further information about which types of businesses are covered by these sectors.


The grant is for the business that according to the billing authority’s records was the ratepayer in respect of the hereditament on 1 April 2021.

The primary principle of the Restart Grant scheme is to support businesses that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the relevant sectors. See definitions document for an indicative list of the types of businesses that are in scope.

Download the defintions now (pdf)

A business that covers multiple sectors will be paid based on its main service.

Businesses must have been trading on 1 April 2021 to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme. For the purposes of this grant scheme, a business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity. This is interpreted as carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover. Fully constituted businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible.

Businesses that are not within the ratings system will not be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.

Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.

It is a requirement for this grant that all businesses are required to self-certify that they meet all eligibility criteria. The application closure date for this scheme is 30 June 2021 and final payments must be made by 31 July 2021.

Any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back.

Apply for the Restart grant

2. Additional restrictions grant

Those businesses that have received a payment covering the period to 31 March 2021 have been emailed with details of an additional (Phase 2) payment from 1 April 2021. In most cases the payment will be one third of the amount previously paid. Businesses must confirm they are still trading before they can receive the payment.

A table indicating the amount a businesses will receive is available for download.

Download the table now (pdf)

If you have already had an additional restrictions grant payment you do not need to complete another application.

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).

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.

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 we reserve 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 it needs to.

Apply for additional restrictions grant