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One off grant funding to support business post 31 March 2021

This grant closed for applications at 4pm on Monday 14 June

The ARG Restart grant scheme is mainly to support businesses to restart and recover who are not eligible for the Business rate payer Restart Grant and who were required to close by law, or were severely impacted by restrictions over the period 5 January 2021 to 31 March 2021.

What periods does this scheme cover?

This is a one-off grant to offer further funding to help support businesses post 31 March 2021.

What you will get

There are 2 strands of ARG grant available under this scheme as follows;

  • ARG Restart grant
  • Additional funding to support business restart and recover

For businesses that have been required to close by law or were severely affected during the national Lockdown period from 5 January 2021 to 31 March 2021, grants will be awarded under this scheme to help businesses to cover their fixed costs and restart and recover.

Under the ARG restart grant strand eligible businesses will be awarded a grant between £2,400 and £18,000 based on the eligible fixed costs incurred and the extent of reduction in income suffered.

Under the additional funding to support business restart and recover strand businesses can apply for a grant of between £1,000 and £5,000 for specific non capital expenditure to support the business to restart, recover, and provide resilience and the opportunity for growth.

Who is this grant for?

This grant is available for businesses that are not eligible for the business rate payer Restart Grant and were either required to close by law or were severely impacted over the restriction period from 5 January 2021 to 31 March 2021. For example:

  • businesses that are in or supply the retail, hospitality, leisure sectors, or
  • businesses in the events sector

Only one application will be accepted per business for each restriction period.

The scheme is designed to help support businesses with their unavoidable fixed costs with an additional strand to help businesses restart and recover from the pandemic. This scheme is not designed to be a substitute for wages as support for wage costs can be gained through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

Eligibility

In additional to the business having either been forced to close by law or severely impacted for the period 5 January 2021 to 31 March 2021 to be eligible the business will need to incur fixed costs that include at least one of the following;

  • rent
  • business rates
  • storage costs
  • mooring fees
  • mortgage costs
  • use of home as office
  • council tax
  • hire purchase
  • lease costs
  • license costs
  • business insurance

Other costs will not be deemed as eligible.

Full guidance on the fund is available on the application page.

Taxi drivers

Taxi drivers

There is a bespoke Taxi Driver Additional Restrictions Grant and more details of this can be found on the following webpage

Please read the guidance notes for further information, including eligibility criteria.

View more on the government website.