Business Support Grants

Business Support Grants

Support grants available

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme will close at midday on Monday 18 October 2021.

ARG is a discretionary grant available to self-employed and sole traders as well as small or micro businesses across all sectors, who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.

Businesses who have not already received any ARG funding, weren’t eligible for the Restart grant and have been trading since 1 April 2021 can apply.

Discretionary support

Grant Status
ARG Open

Closed grants

Grant Status
Restart grants Closed 30 June 2021
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum second cycle payment Closed 31 May 2021
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum (November 2020) Closed 31 March 2021
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum (First January lockdown cycle 2021) including Closed Business Lockdown Payment Closed 31 March 2021
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Closed 31 March 2021
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) Closed 31 March 2021
Christmas Support Payment (CSP) for wet-led pubs Closed 28 February 2021

Other help available

See what other help is available under Loans and Grants if you don’t qualify for these schemes but have been impacted by restrictions.

Use the business support finder on GOV.UK to see what support is available for your business. 

Businesses who have received a payment through ARG scheme

We intend to make final top-up payments to all existing recipients of the ARG scheme.

We're currently calculating the ARG top-up payments for businesses. To complete the process, we need some further information from you.

If you have previously received an ARG payment, you'll receive an email from us with a link to a short application. You need to complete and submit the form within 5 days of receiving the email. 

The link is unique to each business and must not be forwarded.

You should have received the email by 25 June. 

Check your spam folder if you've not received anything.

Additional Restriction Grant: new applications

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme will close at midday on Monday 18 October 2021.

To apply, businesses must have identification and documentation as evidence of trading such as:

  • sales invoices
  • an active lease agreement
  • a business bank account statement

Applications received will be assessed against the eligibility criteria and a one-off payment of between £500 and £1500 will be awarded dependent on the size of the business.

Do not apply again if your business has:

  • already applied to the ARG scheme
  • received a grant under the Restart scheme


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.
We'll investigate any business found to be giving false eligibility information or seeking to gain an additional grant.

The council will recover money paid in error and fraudulent claims will be prosecuted in the courts. 

Subsidy Allowances

When making an application for a business grant, each applicant will need to consider the implications of subsidy allowances on their business and if they are within the permitted limits. Read more information (pdf, 78KB) (opens new window)


Apply for an ARG

Read the COVID-19 Business Support Grants policy (pdf, 242KB) (opens new window) .