We've extended the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme
If you successfully claimed ARG from us after 1 November 2020 you don't need to apply again - if you still qualify we will pay you automatically
If your business has been affected by government restrictions, but you don't qualify for the Local Restrictions Support Grant - Closed - (LRSG-C), you may still be able to get help towards your business premises costs.
Small and micro businesses, and supply chain businesses that are not eligible for an LRSG business support grant may qualify for a discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) payment.
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Who can claim
A business can claim an ARG payment if it is in (or supplies goods and services to) the hospitality, non-essential retail, personal care, or leisure and sport sectors and it:
The business must be able to demonstrate that it has suffered a drop in income of 20% or more - including any grant award made through the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme (furlough) or the Self-Employed income support schemes.
Small and micro businesses
To be a micro business, under the Companies Act 2006, the business must satisfy two or more of the following requirements in a year:
- turnover of not more than £632,000
- balance sheet total: Not more than £316,000
- number of employees: less than 10 employees
To be a small business, under the Companies Act 2006, the business must satisfy two or more of the following requirements in a year:
- turnover of not more than £10.2 million
- balance sheet total of not more than £5.1 million
- less than 50 employees
We may request evidence that your business meets the requirements of a small or micro business before we can process your claim.
To claim ARG as a small or micro business your business must meet the criteria above, must have less than 50 employees and must not be registered for Business Rates.
Supply chain businesses
Supply chain businesses don't need to comply with the small and micro business limits shown above, but must provide goods or services to one of the business sectors that have been forced to close through government restrictions. This is a new scheme from 5 January 2021.
Business sectors for this scheme
You may qualify if your business is in, or supplies goods and services to, one of these sectors.
Non-essential retail - such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.
Hospitality - such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and social clubs. With the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway by click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery (before 10pm). This also includes businesses such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes.
Personal care - such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other people's homes.
Sports - such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges.
Leisure - such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks, theme parks. Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open.
Businesses that are not eligible
Your business will not be eligible for the scheme if it:
Information you will need
To apply you will need the information below:
Business bank account details - this is the account we will pay the grant into
Bank statements - the three most recent statements, or screenshots of online banking for the past three months, showing :
- the business bank details
- business transactions during this period
Proof of annual business premises costs - such as copies of a lease, agreements, and three months' worth of utility bills - you will need to provide copies of bank statements showing that payments have been made.
Business Rates reference number - if you are applying as a supply chain business.
We may ask you about payments you received from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.
We may also ask you to provide further evidence, such as tax returns and proof of a reduction in business turnover, before we process your claim.
You will need to upload electronic copies, scanned images or clear photos of the proof needed to support your claim.
How to apply
You can claim an ARG support payment online using the form below, and you will need to create an account before you can apply.
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What happens next?
If your application is successful the grant payment will be made directly into the bank account you have provided details for. This is a discretionary payment scheme and each claim will be judged on its own merits.
We will notify you by email whether your application has been successful or not.
You must declare any business grant payments you receive as part of the business's tax return.
Is your business in the Chesterfield Borough Council area?
If you are not sure who to claim from, you can find your local council here.
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