The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is a discretionary payment to help businesses that have been severely impacted by government restrictions, but don't qualify for Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG).
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Who can claim a discretionary ARG grant?
You may be able to claim an ARG business support grant from us if your business is based in the Chesterfield Borough Council area, and it is in (or supplies goods and services to) the hospitality, non-essential retail, personal care, or leisure and sport sectors. The business must also meet the following criteria:
- the business was open and trading as usual on 4 November 2020
- it is a small or micro business or is a supply chain business
- it has ongoing business premises costs
- the business has experienced a drop in turnover of 20% or more because of national restrictions
The person that claims must be the business owner, or must hold a position of responsibility within the company, and be authorised to make the claim on behalf of the business.
Business sectors for this scheme
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.
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.
You may qualify if your business is in, or supplies goods and services to, one of these sectors.
Businesses that are not eligible
Your business will not be eligible for the scheme if it:
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.
To qualify for the small and micro businesses grant your business must not be registered for Business Rates. This means that the place you run your business from doesn't fall into the Business Rates system - such as a market stall or a space within premises where someone else is liable for the Business Rates.
If your business should be registered for Business Rates, or if it is registered but you don't have a charge to pay, you mays till qualify as a supply chain business.
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.
If you are no longer entitled
You must notify the council straight away if your business is no longer eligible for a discretionary ARG payment after submitting your application. This could be because the business:
If your business is paid a grant that it is not entitled to the funding will be reclaimed, and any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution.
Evidence required to support your claim
You will need the following information to claim:
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 claim
You can apply for an ARG payment online through My Chesterfield. Registering for an account is quick and easy, and you will be able to track the progress of your claim.
You need to claim from the local council that sends your Business Rates bill. If you're not sure who that is you can find your local council here.
If you are unable to apply online please call our customer services team on 01246 345345.
How much is paid
If you qualify for this grant you will receive a lump sum payment based on how your business has been affected - this is a discretionary payment scheme and each claim will be judged on its own merits.
How will the payments be made?
Payment will be made directly into the bank account matching the bank statement you provided with your claim. We are not able to make the payment into any other bank account or by cheque.
Tax on Additional Restrictions Grant payments
Grant income received by a business is taxable. The Additional Restrictions Grant will need to be included as income in the business's tax return.
There are three subsidy allowances for this scheme:
- Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance
- COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance
- COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance
Find out more about subsidy allowances here.
Can I claim for more than one business?
You can claim for any business you run, provided it meets the eligibility criteria and doesn't exceed subsidy allowance thresholds.
When does the scheme end?
The eligibility criteria for this scheme will be reviewed regularly and may be revised to meet local needs.
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