Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)
The Additional Restrictions Grant is a discretionary grant scheme and has been developed to provide additional support to businesses that have been forced to close or are severely affected during the current national lockdown.
The funding is limited and aimed at businesses who were not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant
If a business is required to close and has no Non-domestic rating assessment and falls within one of the following categories, then an award will be granted:
- Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces. Examples could include units in industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment
- Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of Business Rates
- Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment
- Home based ‘in person’ businesses where services are wholly or mainly provided ‘in person’ and cannot be provided remotely
- Arts and entertainment organisations or businesses such as amateur dramatic groups or local theatres
- Agricultural businesses that wholly provide the science or practise of farming, including cultivation of the soil for the growing of crops and the rearing of animals to provide food, wool and other products
In addition to the businesses above, businesses that fall under the Food, Beverage, Event, Hospitality and Leisure supply chain and have not been forced to close will also be eligible for a grant payment.
In all cases the business must have been trading with effect 4 November 2020
The amount of grant that will be awarded has been decided as follows:
Business type | Grant (5th November 2020 to 2nd December 2020)
Bed & Breakfast - £1,334
Supply chain – Food, Beverage, Event, Hospitality and Leisure:
- For businesses with a rateable value of under £15k - £1,334
- For business with a rateable value of more than £15k and less than £51k - £2,000
- For businesses with a rateable value of £51k or more - £3,000
Market Traders - £667
Shared spaces - £1,334
Agriculture - £1,334
Homebased business - £800
Arts and entertainment - £1,334
Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant will close at 23:59 on the 13 December 2020
Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant
For the purposes of this scheme, a hospitality business can be defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.
For these purposes, the definition of a hospitality business should exclude: food kiosks and businesses whose main service (generating 50% or more of income) is a takeaway (not applicable to those that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions, in alignment with previous COVID-19 business grant schemes).
For the purposes of this scheme, a leisure business can be defined as a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out.
In line with the guidance provided by central government we will be using the following criteria to a
· Businesses that may provide in-person intangible experiences in addition to goods.
· Businesses that may rely on seasonal labour.
· Businesses that may assume particular public safety responsibilities.
· Businesses that may operate with irregular hours through day, night and weekends.
For these purposes, the definition of a leisure business should exclude: all retail businesses, coach tour operators, and tour operators.
For the purposes of this scheme, an accommodation business can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel or other purposes.
For these purposes, the definition of an accommodation business should exclude: private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts.