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.

Contents

- Apply

- Eligibility

- How much you can receive

- Tax

- Counter Fraud

- State Aid
 

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.

Please read the following guidance before submitting an application online.
 

Apply

If you have previously been in receipt of funds from the ARG scheme, and your circumstances have not changed, please do not resubmit an application.

If your business is eligible for the
Coronavirus Restart Grant scheme, please do not apply for the ARG as you are not eligible for funding from this scheme.

We have an online form for you to use to apply for the grant.

Apply for the grant
 

Applications must be made by 5pm on Sunday 16 May 2021 and grants will be awarded on a first-come-first served basis until funding has been exhausted.

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

Eligibility

We have agreed the following business sectors will be eligible to apply for ARG grants:

  • 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
  • businesses which supply non-essential retail
  • businesses which form part of the direct supply chain for aviation businesses
  • businesses which directly organise, facilitate or perform at organised events
  • businesses which supply to organised events
  • businesses that are not on the rating list that have been forced to close either due to mandatory restrictions or due to the temporary close of their host premises (including non-essential market traders)
  • businesses which can demonstrate a heavy reliance on the ability for people to travel
  • businesses which were not forced to close but were only allowed to deliver emergency or welfare services, and which has been severely affected by the Government's restrictions
  • businesses which rely on close physical contact (e.g. personal care workers, hair and beauty, driving instructors, taxi drivers etc)
  • Limited company directors who are not located in rateable premises and who cannot furlough themselves and continue to work to save their business
  • other businesses - we will use our discretion to consider grant applications from any other small or micros business operating in the Uttlesford area, that is severely impacted by the Coronavirus Local Restrictions

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 in income for the appropriate period will be required to be uploaded at the time of application.

Effective date

All businesses that are trading and meet other eligibility criteria may apply to receive funding under this scheme. There is no starting date from which businesses must have been trading in order to qualify for grant funding.

For the purposes of this grant scheme, a business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity. This should be 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 under these conditions.

Trading indicators

To help further, we've included some trading indicators that you can use to help assess what can be defined as trading for the purposes of the grant scheme.

Indicators that a business is trading are that it:

  • has staff on furlough
  • continues to trade online, via click and collect services etc.
  • is not in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking of notice or under notice
  • is engaged in business activity; managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning and implementing COVID-safe measures

This list of indicators is not exhaustive and we will use our discretion to determine if a business is trading.

Businesses excluded from the fund

You cannot receive the grant if you are:

  • a businesses in areas outside the scope of the localised restrictions, as defined by government and not subject to widespread national restrictions. These will include businesses in the following sectors:
    • agriculture, forestry or fishing
    • mining or quarrying,
    • electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning supply
    • water supply or sewerage
    • financial and insurance activities
    • information and communication activities
    • real estate activities
    • education or social work activities
    • businesses primarily operating in manufacturing will only be eligible where it is demonstrated that supplying aviation, hospitality, leisure or accommodation businesses provides a significant proportion of their overall revenue.
    • businesses primarily operating in construction will only be eligible where it is demonstrated that supplying aviation, hospitality, leisure or accommodation businesses provides a significant proportion of their overall revenue.
    • newly self-employed will only be eligible where they have not been able to receive support from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).
  • 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
     

How much you can receive

We have decided the Additional Restrictions Grant award levels that will apply. You may receive up to:

  • £10,000 in exceptional cases where the business has high property costs, and the failure of the business would have a significant impact on the residents of the district
  • £2,000 where businesses were forced to close and are scheduled to re-open on 12 April 2021
  • £3,000 where businesses were not forced to close but were severely impacted by government restrictions
  • £3,000 where businesses were forced to close and are only allowed to partly re-open on 12 April 2021
  • £1,000 for taxis drivers with a Uttlesford District Council issued licence and a residential address within the Uttlesford district
  • £2,000 for taxi operators with a business address within Uttlesford district
  • £500 for non-essential market traders who normally trade at either Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow or Thaxted markets

Supplementary business restart grant

In addition, the following sectors will also receive a supplementary business restart grant.

Up to £2,000 to all eligible businesses in the following sectors and in the supply chains to those sectors:

  • non-essential retail
  • personal care

Up to £5,000 to all eligible businesses in the following sectors and in the supply chains to those sectors:

  • gyms and sports
  • leisure
  • accommodation
  • hospitality

Up to £500 to all eligible businesses in the following sectors:

  • non- essential market traders who regularly trade in Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow or Thaxted weekly markets

We reserve the right to change the amount of the grant awards, depending on the number of applications received.

    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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