Covid-19 business grants

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Business grants update

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) - The second round of the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme closed on Monday 22 February.

We’re now processing the applications and have recruited additional staff to help deal with the huge volume of applications that we have received.

If you have NOT sent all the necessary documentation with your ARG application, please send it now to the H&F Business Support team at with your grant reference number in the subject header.

We’ve so far delivered more than £1.4m of grant payments to local businesses for the first round of the ARG scheme, which have been topped up to cover both the November 2020 and January 2021 national lockdowns.

The closing dates for all other grant schemes was 31 March 2021 at 11.59pm.

We’re working hard to process the huge volume of grant applications we’ve received. Most of our staff are working on paying the grants to support our local businesses and this may cause delays in responding to individual enquires.

More than £15 million (not including ARG payment) in grants have been paid to local businesses since December 2020 and more payments are on the way.

If you have made a grant application, please check your bank account to see if your payment has been received.

We will let businesses know if they are not eligible for this grant.

Which grants can I apply for now?

There are no grants open for application at the moment.

Grants opening soon

Restart Grant 

The Restart Grant scheme supports qualifying non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses.

Check whether your business is eligible for the grant

We will deliver this grant to eligible businesses from the information provided in your previous Local Restrictions Support Grant application.

If you did not apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant, you will still be able to apply for the grant.

We will update this page with more details on how to apply for the new grant scheme shortly.

Grants that have closed

Tier 2 and 3 Local Restrictions Support Grant (for open businesses)

This grant closed at midnight on 31 March 2021

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses) Addendum

This grant closed at midnight on 31 March 2021

Local Restriction Support Grant (Sector)

This grant closed at midnight on 31 March 2021

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) - second round

The second round of applications for the Additional Restrictions Grants closed on 22 February 2021.

Christmas Support Payments for wet-led pubs (CSP)

The application deadline for this scheme was 28 February 2021.

State aid

Although the UK has left the European Union, the European State Aid rules still apply during the Transition Period and these grants are required to comply with the EU law on State Aid.

The council is required to ensure that the payment of a grant complies with State Aid rules. You will be required to make a statement that you comply with these rules. What is state aid?

Other financial support available to businesses

The Film and TV Production Restart Scheme is to compensate productions starting or restarting production and covers losses due to delays or abandonment as a result of Coronavirus.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021.

Visit GOV.UK for a full list of financial support for businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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