Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) from 13 December 2021
The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) provides local councils with a cash limited, discretionary grant fund to support businesses that continue to be severely impacted by the pandemic and the transition out of restrictions. These businesses may or may not be in the business rates system.
The scheme will prioritise the following:
- Wyre businesses which – while not legally forced to close – are nonetheless severely impacted by the rise of the Omicron variant particularly in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care & the travel and tourism sectors.
- Businesses locating to, or expanding into vacant premises in any of Wyre’s town/larger village centres (premises must be in specific locations) or Fleetwood Market that offer an in-person service that would generate footfall, are a small independent sole trader/operator or locally based chain, have ground floor shop frontage or a (non-casual) stall at Fleetwood Market. More details about this are available here.
The appropriate grant will be determined by taking into account:
- The rateable value if applicable
- The level of fixed costs faced by the business
- The number of employees
Whether the business is unable to trade online and the scale of Covid-19 losses
You will be required to provide evidence of this. Failure to do so will result in your application being delayed or not considered for funding.
The Council may also provide strategic financial assistance to larger businesses that have a critical role to play in Wyre’s economic recovery.
Who is it for?
Your business may be eligible if:
- It is based in Wyre
- Was trading on or before 30th December 2021
- Can demonstrate that it has fixed business related costs that have not reduced due to the national lockdown. Examples of fixed business-related costs are: rent, business mortgage, insurance, utilities, phone contract, ongoing maintenance contracts, franchise payments, vehicle costs, professional body memberships, subscription licences (especially for software) or loan repayments.
- Is a home based businesses with associated fixed business costs.
- Is a home based businesses with no/low fixed business costs but that can demonstrate a significant loss of income e.g. Event companies based at home, Travel Agents based at home, Education/Tuition companies, Wedding related companies and photographers.
Who is it not for?
Your business will not be eligible if:
- The business qualifies for a Omicrom Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG). You will not be eligible for a grant under the ARG scheme as well, the OHLG scheme takes precedence
- It has been able to continue to operate because it does not depend on providing direct in-person services from its premises
- It has made to decision to cease trading at the current time
- The business owner has another source of employment income.
- It has reached the state aid or business subsidy allowance equivalent limits. The Additional Restrictions Grant counts towards state aid/subsidy limits.
- It was in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made
How much is the grant?
Grant awards will be proportional to the scale and size of the business. All applications will be eligibility checked, including having to meet the financial need and/or justification for public sector support criteria.
Grants of up to £25,000 will be available but it is expected that the vast majority will be for £6,000 or less. Each grant will be awarded on a case-by-case basis. As a guide we expect the majority of grants awarded will be as follows:
|Exactly £15,000 or under||£2667|
|£15,001 - £50,999||£4000|
|Exactly £51,000 or over||£6000|
The Council may award smaller amounts of funding as these may be more suitable for the smallest businesses in Wyre. This may apply particularly where a business does not have rated premises or operates from home.
The Council may also provide strategic financial assistance to larger businesses that have a critical role to play in Wyre’s economic recovery. This means that in exceptional cases, at our discretion, a higher level of grant may be awarded. The upper limit will only be waived in exceptional circumstances and normally where it is in the public interest
Any grant payments are subject to funding availability and the council’s discretion. These grants apply to the period from 13 December to 23 January 2022. Beyond this point there is no guarantee of further rounds of ARG.
Processing your application
We aim to process applications as soon as possible, subject to applications being complete and all necessary evidence provided.
Applicants will receive an email confirming the outcome of their application.
Dependent on demand, we reserve the right to amend the level of grants as necessary. We also reserve the right to change the qualifying criteria at short notice to reflecting changing circumstances and demand on funds.
Payment will be made by bank transfer into the business bank account provided in the application form.
Prevention of Fraud
We may use any information provided for the prevention and detection of fraud under section 68 of the Serious Crime Act 2007 as part of the Government’s commitment to preventing fraud. Section 68 enables us to disclose information for the purposes of preventing fraud. Therefore, any fraudulent cases may result in prosecution. Any applicant who is awarded a grant but subsequently found to be ineligible will have the grant withdrawn and reimbursement will be required.
The processing of personal data shared with us in any anti-fraud data matching exercise will be carried out with statutory authority under the powers vested in Part 6 of the "Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014". It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 2018. In addition, all data used and shared with external agencies including the Department of Work and Pensions, HMRC and the Her Majesty's Court Service etc. where relevant will be in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the GDPR.
Our privacy notice is available here