Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

Who is eligible to apply for the grant, how much you can claim and details of the funding criteria for businesses that have been severely affected by the COVID-19 restrictions, regardless of whether they pay business rates.

This is a discretionary scheme to help businesses which have had to close, or been able to trade but have been severely affected by the COVID-19 restrictions, regardless of whether they pay business rates.
 

COVID-19 - Additional Restrictions Grant (discretionary scheme)

This grant is only available whilst Uttlesford District Council's area is subject to national and localised restrictions where businesses are mandated to close. This will cover COVID restriction affected businesses in Alert Tiers 2, 3 and 4.

These businesses will take priority on funding, but applications are invited from other businesses who satisfy the scheme criteria and have either been forced to close or have been severely affected by Tier 2, 3 & 4 local restrictions or the widespread national lockdown.

Please read the following guidance before submitting an application online.

Apply

We have an online form for you to apply.

Apply for the ARG
 

Applications must be made by 5pm on Sunday 28 February and grants will be awarded on a first-come-first served basis.

Please bear with us while we process your forms as we anticipate receiving a large number of applications.

Eligible businesses

Elegible businesses will include:

  • businesses in the hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast and leisure industries
  • businesses in the supply chain for retail, hospitality, leisure, events and accommodation sectors
  • business involved in the supply chain to businesses forced to close
  • event and event management businesses

These businesses will take priority on funding, but applications are invited from other businesses who satisfy the scheme criteria and have either been forced to close or have been severely affected by Tier 3 local restrictions or the widespread national lockdown.

Eligible businesses must also:

  • be a micro business or small business as defined in Section 33 Part 2 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 and the Companies Act 2006
  • have ongoing fixed business-related costs that are unavoidable overheads e.g. mortgage, rent, or license
  • demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis
  • not be eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant from the council (under any scheme) for the same period

Supporting evidence for fixed business-related costs and significant fall income for the appropriate period will be required to be uploaded at the time of application.

Effective date

Businesses must have been trading on the first full day of national or local restrictions (Tier 2, 3 and 4) to be eligible to receive grant support.

Where local restrictions are preceded by national 'lockdown' measures, requiring the extended closure of eligible businesses, it is accepted that those businesses are still trading.

How much you can receive

Uttlesford District Council has decided the Additional Restrictions Grant award levels that will apply. This is how much grant you will receive:

  • up to £10,000 in exceptional circumstances where the business has high property costs and the failure of the business would have a significant impact on the residents of the district
  • up to £3,000 where 'small' businesses fit the required criteria
  • up to £2,000 where 'micro' businesses fit the required criteria
  • up to £1,000 where 'other' businesses fit the required criteria

Who cannot apply

Excluded Businesses - both local (Tier 3) and national restrictions. You cannot receive the grant if you are:

  • businesses in areas outside the scope of the localised restrictions, as defined by government and not subject to widespread national restrictions
  • businesses that have chosen to close, but have not been required to
  • businesses that 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 and
  • businesses that were in administration are insolvent, or where a striking off notice has been made at the date of the local restriction or widespread national restriction

Tax

Grant income is taxable but only businesses making an overall profit once the grant is included will be subject to tax. 

Counter Fraud

Local authorities will not accept deliberate manipulation and will work collaboratively across the region and nationally to share intelligence and resources to detect fraud.

Any business found to be giving false eligibility information or seeking to gain an additional grant will be investigated.

The council will recover money paid in error and fraudulent claims will be prosecuted in the courts. 

State Aid

The Additional Restrictions Support Grant counts towards state aid. Read the rules on State Aid guidance and Temporary Framework for State Aid for COVID-19 responses (GOV.UK).

By accepting this grant you must confirm that you are not in breach of these rules. 

Within a three year period, payments of up to and including approximately £721,000 can be provided under the De Minimis rules, the equivalent of up to €800,000 of aid.

 


Additional information

We have adopted a policy for this scheme.

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