Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

From 1 April 2021 all remaining Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) funding held by the 3 predecessor councils (Daventry District Council, Northampton Borough Council and South Northamptonshire Council) will be transferred to West Northamptonshire Council.

Eligibility criteria

Businesses:

  • must have a registered address in the West Northamptonshire District to be eligible for this scheme and the business will need to be trading within the West Northamptonshire District - where a business is registered in another council area (although has a presence in the West Northamptonshire Council area) the council will take a discretionary view on a case-by-case basis
  • must be actively trading or be taking measures to re-open from 1 April onwards
  • which have been forced to close and which are outside of the business rate system, for example shared spaces and market traders, are eligible to apply under this scheme
  • while not legally forced to close but which provide goods or services to a business that is mandated to close are eligible to apply for a grant - this could include, for example, businesses which supply the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors or businesses in the events sector and a statement will be required from the company showing that:
    • at least 30% of their revenue comes from businesses required to close, or
    • 30% of normally expected revenue has been lost during the period

Business owners who operate their business from home but have fixed business-related costs are also eligible to apply.

Exclusions

Businesses which:

  • can continue to trade and can operate their services remotely
  • have chosen to close but are not required to close unless they can demonstrate significant financial impact as a result of restrictions
  • have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of Subsidy Allowance permitted
  • are in administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this discretionary scheme

Grant payments

The table shows the payment amounts for the period from 1 April 2021 onwards:

Criteria Amount
Forced to Close or severely impacted businesses that are Non-ratepayers such as shared space or market traders (outside of the business rates listing). £2,667
Forced to close or severely impacted businesses with a rateable value of £15k or under that derive more than 50% of their income from Non-Essential Retail. £2,667
Forced to close or severely impacted businesses with a rateable value of over £15k and less than £51k that derive more than 50% of their income from Non-Essential Retail £4,000
Forced to close or severely impacted businesses with a rateable value of £51k and over that derive more than 50% of their income from Non-Essential Retail £6,000
Forced to close or severely impacted businesses with a rateable value of £15k or under that derive more than 50% of their income from Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care or Gym service sectors. £8,000
Forced to close or severely impacted businesses with a rateable value of over £15k and less than £51k that derive more than 50% of their income from Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care or Gym service sectors. £12,000
Forced to close or severely impacted businesses with a rateable value of £51k and over that derive more than 50% of their income from Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care or Gym service sectors. £18,000

In taking decisions on the appropriate level of grant, the Council may take into account the level of fixed costs faced by the business in question, the number of employees, whether they can continue to trade and the scale of the loss/impact of COVID-19.

Evidence required to support an application

Closed businesses applying for ARG funding will be required to make a statement that confirms their eligibility and in addition to this business that are required to close will need to provide evidence of their trading status in the form of a bank statement showing business name, registered address and income details for the last three months.

Open businesses applying for ARG funding will be required to make a statement that confirm eligibility. In addition, the businesses will need to provide evidence to demonstrate that they supply companies which are required to close or that there has been a substantial impact on their income. This will be in the form of a bank statement showing business name, registered address and income details for the last three months along with comparative bank statements covering the same period for the financial year 2019/2020 (pre-COVID-19).

Evidence

Information Evidence Required Comment
Payment details Copy of bank statement clearly showing bank account name, business address, sort code and account number and a utility bill clearly showing your business address This must match the name of the business or individual listed on the business rates bill or lease/mortgage agreement
Evidence of a significant fall in income due to Covid-19 including evidence to demonstrate that you supply companies that are required to close You will need to provide evidence of reduced income. This may include (but is not restricted to):
  • Bank statements
  • Evidence of loss of income such as loss of contract
  • Evidence of loss of income due closure of companies you supply in the form of bank statements, invoices
It is at the businesses discretion what form this evidence takes but it must clearly show the turnover of the businesses for these periods
Evidence of trading from 1 April 2021 onwards Where you have a business rates account this will be enough as the date liable will be used. For businesses that are not rated you will need to provide evidence. This could be in the form of stock orders, sales, lease agreements etc.
Evidence of eligibility under State aid rules This will be done by way of self-declaration on the online application form If you are unsure whether State aid applies to your business, you will need to seek independent legal advice.

Discretionary policy

How to apply

The next window for applications opens on 28 April 2021 and closes at midnight on 31 May 2021. The ARG funding will be available to run alongside the Restart Grant scheme while funding remains available.

Select your local area to apply

If your area isn't listed, you may be a resident of North Northamptonshire.

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