The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) provides local councils with grant funding to support closed businesses that do not directly pay business rates as well as businesses that do not have to close but which are impacted. In addition, larger grants can be given than those made through LRSG (Closed).
Local councils can determine which businesses to target and determine the amount of funding from the ARG.
Which businesses are eligible for support?
Businesses may be eligible to apply for financial support through the ARG if they:
- Have been legally required to close under current national restrictions but were not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant as they do not pay business rates, or pay packaged rent and rates
- Have not been legally required to close but have suffered a significant loss in turnover as a result of the national restrictions
The funding is aimed at businesses that have been significantly affected by coronavirus, in particular retail, leisure and hospitality businesses and their supply chain. The Council will also prioritise childcare providers, language schools, fishing businesses and the creative and event industry.
Applications for the ARG scheme are now live, through your council’s website.
In order to claim a grant, businesses must meet the following criteria:
- Must have been trading on or before 4 November 2020
- Must be a micro or small business with up to 50 employees
- Must have ongoing fixed monthly business costs (for example rents, wages, insurances or mooring fees)
- Can confirm they have been significantly affected by coronavirus (a minimum of 30 per cent loss in income)
- If a home-based business, they must be registered with HRMC and able to provide their Company Unique Taxpayer Reference and a copy of their most recent tax return
Businesses will not be eligible for the funding if they:
- Have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State Aid permitted under the EU State aid De-Minimis Regulation and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework
- Are in administration, insolvent or where a striking off order has been made
- the business is subject to a restructuring plan under state aid rules
How to apply
Visit your local council’s website to find out how to apply. Or visit these local councils:
West Devon Borough Council: https://www.westdevon.gov.uk/article/7393/Additional-Restrictions-Grant
South Hams District Council: https://www.southhams.gov.uk/article/7387/Additional-Restrictions-Grant