The Additional Restrictions Grant is now open for applications
There are currently two grant programmes available to support businesses affected by the latest lockdown, which began on the 5th November. The Local Restrictions Support Grant is for those businesses ordered to close, and who have a Business Rates account. That programme has been open for a week. More information is contained below.
Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)
The Additional Restrictions Grant is for businesses forced to close but unable to access the Local Restrictions Support Grant because they don’t have a separate business rates account; or who haven’t been forced to close but are nonetheless severely impacted by the national government restrictions put in place to control the spread of Covid-19.
This first round of funding will only be available to businesses trading on the 4 November 2020 and not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant. Businesses must meet these criteria and will be prioritised based on the following:
- The Businesses importance to the economy as an employer. This will include those who are self-employed.
- They have been forced to close or can demonstrate a significant reduction in revenue due to lockdown restrictions on trade from November 4th.
The following types of businesses may be eligible for grants from this funding pot:
- Businesses with a Rateable Value involved in the supply chain to businesses within the Retail, Hospitality or Leisure sectors that have been mandated to close by Government.
- Businesses without a Rateable Value involved in the supply chain to businesses within the Retail, Hospitality or Leisure sectors that have been mandated to close by Government.
- Businesses without a Rateable Value within the Retail, Hospitality or Leisure sectors that have been mandated to close by Government.
It is expected that most grant awards made will be similar to those made under the Local Restrictions Support scheme which allows for payments of up to £3,000.
In order for the Additional Restricts Grant to benefit the maximum number of eligible small businesses, it is proposed to award grants which will be directly proportionate to the impact on income due to the Covid crisis.
Applications for the grant can be made online HERE. Please ensure you choose the correct scheme to apply for. You cannot apply for both. Before payments are made eligibility checks will be undertake
The Local Restrictions Support Grant
For businesses with a business rates account, and whose business has been forced to close, you should apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant click HERE. Please read the information before completing the form, and please ensure you click on the correct scheme for you. You cannot apply for both.
If you are required to close in England because of national restrictions being introduced on 5 November 2020, you may qualify for the following:
- For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants to be £1,334 per four weeks
- For properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and below £51,000, grants to be £2,000 per four weeks
- For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over grants to be £3,000 per four weeks
Since the scheme began, over 800 businesses have registered. 305 grants have been made and £465,156.00 awarded. If you meet the criteria for this grant, please remember to include all the details requested including your business rates account number.
Please check our business pages for information about which business must close, and those that may remain open, and what other business support is available.
Other support available
Please check the Government’s website for information about support for business during COVID-19.
Worcestershire Business Central are there to advise local businesses on grant funding and support helping you restart and recover. Please see their website, call them on 01905 677 888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also see the Chamber of Commerce Herefordshire and Worcestershire Coronavirus information hub.
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