The Government recognises that some businesses that are required to close may not have rateable commercial premises and therefore won’t be covered by the main Local Restrictions Grants Scheme (LRSG).
Therefore the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) has been made available by Government to Local Authorities to use at its discretion to support local businesses affected by the local and national restrictions. The awarding of this grant is at the total discretion of the Council but in accordance with the guidance issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Eligibility criteria and award amounts
Rother District Council has decided on the following business types and award levels. The grant will initially cover the period 19th December 2020 (when Rother entered tier 4) until 15th February 2021 (when the current national lockdown restrictions are due to be reviewed). This is a total of 59 days. If either national lockdown or tier 4 restrictions apply after the 15th February 2021, the scheme will be extended and the award amounts amended accordingly but a fresh application may be required.
|Shared spaces – this relates to Non-rate paying businesses required to close because of the national lockdown measures (e.g. those operating in shared office space that do not have their own separate rating assessment.||£2,810.93|
|Bed & Breakfast – this relates to property that is domestic and therefore subject to council tax rather than business rates, provides short stay accommodation for no more than six persons; and the property is the sole or main residence of the proprietor.||£2,810.93|
|Market Traders – this relates to market traders that have been instructed to close as they sell non-essential items to visiting members of the public from a stall, pitch or similar that is recognised by the Council as a market.||£1,685.71|
|Holiday accommodation including self-contained holiday lets and small campsites – this relates to property that is domestic or land that forms part of a domestic property and therefore subject to council tax. This does not include businesses where the letting is by way of home sharing (e.g. where a bedroom is let within a domestic property).||£2,810.93|
|Hospitality and Leisure Supply Chain – this relates to businesses wholly or mainly involved in providing goods and services to businesses undertaking the provision of food, beverage, hospitality, events or leisure where the current national restrictions have severely curtailed their ability to operate.||**Up to £6,321.43|
|Arts and Entertainment – this relates to cultural, tourist and entertainment Industries not eligible under the main scheme where the current national restrictions have severely curtailed their ability to operate.||£2,810.93|
|Home Based ‘in person’ businesses – this relates to businesses that are primarily home based and as at 18 December 2020 provided services that were wholly or mainly ‘in person’ and which cannot be provided remotely.||£1,685.71|
** for businesses with a rateable value of £15k or under or where there is no rateable value £2,810.93
for businesses with a rateable value of more than £15k and less than £51k £4,214.28
for businesses with a rateable value of more than £51k £6,321.43
Businesses that are not eligible
Your business will not be eligible for the scheme if it:
- was not open and trading on 18 December 2020
- is not operating within one of the stated business Categories
- has entered into administration or insolvency
- does not meet the general qualification criteria of the scheme
- already received a local restrictions grant
- has exceeded State Aid Limits
How to apply
If you think you are eligible you can register online and submit any evidence for the Additional Grant electronically.
Before you apply, you must have the following information available to complete your application:
- An electronic version of your latest bank statement.
- Evidence that your business was trading as at 18 December 2020
- Proof of identification. In the case of a sole trader / partnership please provide your personal identification. In the case of a Ltd company please provide evidence of your company
Further information on the restrictions that have been put in place can be found at Gov.uk
The first payments cover the periods: 19/12/20 – 15/02/21. After which if either national lockdown or tier 4 restrictions still apply you will have to log into your account at www.grantapproval.co.uk to apply for a grant for the next qualifying restriction period. However, If your circumstances remain the same you will be able to copy the contents and evidence from your previous application.