COVID-19 business support grants

Businesses across Uttlesford may be entitled to cash grants from us to help them through these difficult times.


If you have any questions about the grants please contact and a member of our Economic Development Team will be able to help you.

If you have any questions about an application you have submitted please call our customer services team on 01799 510510.


Essex Business Adaptation Fund (EBAF)

Essex County Council (ECC) have provided funding to help Uttlesford businesses adapt how they work and prevent further spread of Covid-19 to customers and employees.

Small and medium-sized businesses across all sectors can now benefit from up to £5,000 to adapt how they operate and help to reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading.

Local businesses are asked to demonstrate how a grant would enable them to become more Covid-19 secure and ensure the health and safety of staff and customers.

Adaptations could include investing in ecommerce facilities, moving to a digital platform, supporting employees to work from home or purchasing ventilation equipment for their premises.

You will need to upload proof of any quotations for work or expenditure after 1 June 2021, so you will need to have that ready.

If you have previously received an adaptations grant, you cannot apply under this round of funding within two months of your previous payment.


You can apply on the Essex Business Adaptation Fund (EBAF) page.


 Applications close on 15 December 2021. Grants will be awarded on a first-come-first served basis until the funding has been exhausted.

We aim to process applications within 10 days of receipt but please bear with us while we process your forms as we have received a large number of applications.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The ARG is a discretionary scheme to help businesses that continue to trade but are still severely affected by the COVID-19 restrictions, regardless of whether they pay business rates.

Find our more information about the ARG scheme and which businesses are eligible to apply, along with the online application form.

Frequently asked questions

We are working tirelessly to process as many payments as possible to help all eligible businesses. Before any payment can be made we have to check each individual request and determine a business's eligibility under the scheme. We ask that you remain patient during these difficult times, as call volumes, grant requests and queries relating to these are extremely high.

If you have any questions not answered here you can contact us by email at

Additional information

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Further information about COVID-19 and the support available to businesses is also available on the GOV.UK website.

If your business is in financial difficulty please contact the Economic Development Team and we will be able to refer you to a specialist support agency.

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We are committed to protecting your privacy rights as a resident or visitor and when you use our services.

More information, including how we will be handing your data during the coronavirus crisis.