What is Additional Restriction Grant

The council was given a £5.8m discretionary fund by the government to use to financially support local businesses on top of the government grant. We were given an additional £2.6m because of the extra pressure on businesses during the current lockdown up to 31 March 2021.

This fund has now closed in line with government guidance.

Further funding has been announced by the government which will cover the period 1 April to 30 June. 

Additional Restriction Grants (ARG) from 1 April will be paid to businesses that have received ARG payments through the second and third lockdowns. This will ensure they continue to get top up payments for the period from 1 April to support them to re-open.

The criteria of the fund will stay the same and is for businesses:

  • that do not pay business rates
  • without premises
  • that are key businesses and need support to reopen because of the additional restrictions required by the current lockdown measures

Payments will be:

  • £450 and £1,350 for non-essential retail business (shops)
  • £1,800 and £5,400 for hospitality, leisure business

We realise many business do not easily fall into these definitions. However, as a general guideline, if you received an LRSG (open) grant for the period 2 December to 25 December you will be awarded the hospitality and leisure rate. If you did not receive an LRSG(open) grant you will be awarded the non-essential business amount.

The application process will be the same for the Restart grants. Please see the ‘How to apply’ section for more information.

Businesses that can't apply

The following businesses are not eligible for this fund:

  • businesses that can continue to trade and do not need to provide an in-person service from a business premises - for example an accountants or solicitors
  • businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework
  • businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made