In response to the 4-week pause at Step 3 of the roadmap, a sixth round of the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme has been launched to support businesses in East Cambridgeshire negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ARG is a discretionary funding scheme for local authorities to support businesses in their local economies during periods of lockdown relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grant is to support businesses impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions from 21 June 2021 to 18 July 2021.
This grant scheme is for businesses in the eligible sectors with fixed business costs who experienced a significant loss of income (over 30%) directly related to/as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in place from 21 June 2021 to 18 July 2021.
To be eligible for an ARG Round 6 grant, businesses must be in the following business sectors:
- Gym and sports
- Personal care
- Travel and tourism, including group travel, travel agents and tour operators
- Wedding industries
- Events industries
- Wholesalers supplying eligible businesses
- English language schools
In order to be eligible for a grant under this scheme, businesses must also:
- Have been trading on 14 June 2021. For the purposes of this grant scheme, a business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity. This should be interpreted as carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover.
- (For businesses with fixed premises) be operating from premises located within East Cambridgeshire or (for mobile businesses), be based at a home address within East Cambridgeshire and operate within the district.
- Have experienced a significant loss of income (over 30%) directly related to/as a result of the 4-week pause at Step 3 of the roadmap from 21 June 2021 to 18 July 2021.
- Be able to demonstrate that they have had ongoing fixed business costs, for example, rent or other costs that they have had to meet during the period of the 4-week pause at Step 3 of the roadmap from 21 June 2021 to 18 July 2021.
- Be able to demonstrate that trade has dropped due to an inability to deliver consumer services (that cannot be delivered online) to customers due to social distancing requirements and/or restrictions on movement.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate one or more of the following:
- The public are required to enter the business premises to purchase goods/services.
- They supply/trade with businesses that were impacted by the the 4-week pause at Step 3 of the roadmap from 21 June 2021 to 18 July 2021.
- Their supplier/s were impacted by the 4-week pause at Step 3 of the roadmap from 21 June 2021 to 18 July 2021.
- Businesses in the events sector must demonstrate that they have lost income due to not being able to attend events due to the 4-week pause at Step 3 of the roadmap from 21 June 2021 to 18 July 2021.
Businesses excluded from the fund:
- Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted levels of subsidy will not be eligible to receive funding.
- Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
The Council recognises that a much wider range of businesses is allowed to be open during Lockdown restrictions (for example, manufacturing, construction, professional services and so on) but these businesses are not eligible for grant support under this scheme.
This is because their main business is not reliant on offering in-person services to customers that are heavily impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions in force.
Which businesses are not included in the scheme?
Businesses and individuals eligible to receive grants under the Restart Grant Top-up Payment scheme cannot claim under this scheme.
- Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant. This includes business premises which were already closed directly before the restrictions were imposed.
- Businesses that are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely.
- Financial Services (e.g. bank), Medical Services (e.g. vets, dentist), Professional Services (e.g. solicitor), Estate & Letting Agents and Post Office sorting offices are not eligible for grants.
- Businesses whose primary function is not to provide goods/services to members of the public within their premises (e.g. office and manufacturing businesses).
- Businesses that have not been able to demonstrate a significant loss of income (at least 30%) due to COVID-19 from 21 June 2021 to 18 July 2021.
- Land/premises used for storage or for personal use.
- Empty premises.
- Businesses that have exceeded the permitted Subsidy Allowance.
- Companies that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made.
Applications are restricted to one application, per person, per premises.
Applicants/businesses who have received a grant under the Restart Grant To-up Payment scheme for a different business cannot claim under this scheme.
If your business has a business rates account and is in an eligible sector, you are not eligible for this grant, but you may be eligible for the Restart Grant Top-up Payment. Please email your business name and business rates account number to email@example.com to check your eligibility.
Managing the risk of fraud
The Council will not accept deliberate manipulation or fraud and any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money may face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error. All information is subject to internal and external audit checks.
East Cambridgeshire District Council will share data for efficient system administration and to protect the Public Purse, subject to the GDPR. This will include sharing data with Anglia Revenues Partnership, Central Government and other Local Authorities. Grant recipients may be contacted for research purposes, and their data will be shared with BEIS for research and evaluation purposes.
By applying for an Additional Restrictions Grant all applicants give authority to East Cambridgeshire District Council to share data for efficient system administration and to protect the Public Purse, subject to the GDPR. This will include sharing data with Anglia Revenues Partnership, Central Government and other Local Authorities. Grant recipients may be contacted for research purposes, and their data will be shared with BEIS for research and evaluation purposes.
Grant income received by a business is taxable, therefore funding paid under the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme will be subject to tax. Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.
Evidence required to support your claim
You will need certain information to hand when completing the application form. Please ensure that you have prepared your supporting documentation prior to starting the application process, to prevent being timed out.
Failure to provide this information may result in your application being rejected.
- Information regarding the nature of your business such as number of employees
- Business in domestic properties will need a copy of their council tax bill
- Companies House registration number (where applicable)
- VAT registration number (where applicable)
- If not a company and not VAT registered, a document from HMRC showing your Unique Taxpayer Registration number
- Date and amount of any grant funding or reliefs received from a public body over the last three years (for Subsidy Allowance / State Aid declaration)
- Business bank account details such as account number and sort code
- Copies of full (not partial) bank statements from 21 June 2021 to 18 July 2021.
- A letter from your accountant stating what percentage of business income you have lost from 21 June 2021 to 18 July 2021 compared to those dates in 2019, when there were no COVID-19 restrictions in place.
- To evidence a loss of income, full (not partial) bank statements from 21 June 2019 to 18 July 2019.
- Details of your regular fixed business costs, e.g. rent, mortgage, insurance etc. with copies of invoices. These must be in the business name and not be domestic costs and cover the period from 21 June 2021 to 18 July 2021.
How much funding will be provided to businesses?
This is a one-off grant to cover the period from 21 June 2021 to 18 July 2021.
- Business operating from a commercial property will receive a payment of £1,000.
- Mobile businesses, businesses in the events industry and business operating from a domestic property will receive a payment of £700.
- Community facilities (village hall, church hall, meeting room, scout/guide hut etc) will receive a payment of £700.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Sunday 3 October 2021.