Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

This grant closed at midnight on Monday 15 November 2021

Businesses and organisations can now apply for the latest round of the Additional Restrictions Grants which include a Recovery Fund and an Arts Business Fund.

The grant is aimed at helping micro and small businesses to pay towards their fixed costs from April 2021.

Self-employed people who have received Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) payments are eligible for the Recovery Fund but not the Arts Business Fund.

This grant is available to support businesses that:

  • were severely impacted by coronavirus restrictions
  • were not eligible for the Restart Grant scheme
  • have received no other government business grant funding
  • were further impacted or had to remain closed due to the delay to stage 4 of the roadmap moving to 19 July 2021.

These funds cannot be used to pay wages or for capital expenditure.

Applications for this grant closed at 11.59pm on Monday 15 November 2021.

Eligibility criteria

Businesses must be an active trading company or sole trader that has been trading in the borough from at least 1 April 2021.

Business rates paying businesses and those which do not qualify for business rates can apply.

Businesses must be able to demonstrate a loss of income of at least 30% from 1 April 2021 to 31 July 2021 compared to their income during 2019 before the pandemic.

Newer businesses can provide evidence to demonstrate a loss of income of at least 30% from 1 April 2021 to 31 July 2021 compared to pre-pandemic financial forecasts.

New businesses which do not have historical accounts can provide their financial forecasts to support their evidence of a 30% loss.

Businesses must supply all the requested evidence as detailed below to support their application.

The council cannot pay your grant until your application has gone through all of the financial checks. Please ensure you fill out the application correctly and send the evidence to support your claim as required.

Many applications in the previous rounds of grant funding did not provide sufficient evidence which significantly slowed down the payment of grants. Please be aware that for this round we will be processing applications which have submitted the correct evidence first. If you have not provided adequate evidence, your application cannot be processed.

Businesses must be COVID compliant and the details of successful applications will be shared with regulatory services which will check for any history of non-compliance before any payment will be made.

Businesses from the following sectors can apply for this grant:

Recovery Fund 

  • Hotels and bed and breakfasts
  • Restaurants, cafes, mobile food outlets
  • Travel and tourism
  • Wedding industry
  • Nightclubs
  • Pubs
  • Events industry
  • Breweries
  • Recreation and entertainment industries
  • English language schools
  • Suppliers of the above industries
  • Other businesses that have not received other grant funding

Arts Business Fund

  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Visual arts
  • Literature
  • Combined arts
  • Museums

Businesses which cannot apply for the grant include those:

  • whose trading premises was not located in the borough from April 2021 to July 2021
  • who cannot demonstrate a decrease in income of at least 30% for the period of April 2021 to July 2021
  • whose business is in administration, insolvent or has been struck off the Companies House register
  • who cannot demonstrate that you are currently trading
  • whose annual turnover in the financial year April 2019 to March 2020 exceeded £10.2 million and the balance sheet exceeded £5.1 million
  • whose business has already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted levels of subsidy. (The UK-EU TCA sets out principles of an allowance of £325,000 Special Drawing Rights, to a single economic actor over any period of three fiscal years, which is the equivalent of £335,000 as at March 2021)
  • who are using the funding to pay wages or capital costs
  • who are not registered with HMRC
  • who have already made an application from the same trading address (if the applicant is responsible for more than one business in the same premises)
  • who are market traders trading less than 2 days per week in the borough
  • who are businesses with a turnover of less than £15,000 from April 2019 to March 2020.

Evidence required

Proof of rent or mortgage payments at current business address which could include:

  • business premises lease
  • rent agreement or mortgage statement
  • rent invoice or receipt dated within the last 3 months
  • if you are a market trader, please submit your trading licence
  • evidence of your business's current ongoing fixed costs in the form of two utility bills dated within the last 3 months
  • if you pay business rates, please submit your most recent business rates bill
  • If you are a home-based business, please provide your most recent council tax bill.

Lease and rent agreements must be signed and dated by your landlord. Documents must be up to date to demonstrate your business is physically located in Hammersmith and Fulham.

Evidence that highlights your loss of income including:

  • financial (End of Year) accounts for the period April 2019 to March 2020 and also April 2020 to March 2021
  • for newer businesses without the above, please supply a one year cash flow forecast from your first day of trading
  • bank statements for April 2021 to July 2021 inclusive
  • if you are self-employed, you must submit your full HMRC Self-Assessment showing income earned/turnover (not profit) for the period April 2019 to March 2020 and April 2020 to March 2021 if available.

How much will my business get?

The amount you get depends on the rateable value of your business property if it has a rateable value, or, if it doesn't have a rateable value, the amount you get will depend on your annual rental costs. Your overall grant will also take into consideration loss of income, turnover and what other financial support including government business grants you have received to date.

It is expected that grants will be made between the value of £1,500 and £13,000. However as we expect a large amount of applicants, grant amounts may be subject to change depending on demand.

For more information see Additional Restrictions Grant - GOV.UK

Application support

If you need any help with your application, please contact us at business-support@lbhf.gov.uk or call and leave a message at the H&F Business Desk on 020 8753 5585.

Decision making and appeals

The applications will be reviewed by a panel of officers from H&F Council and a recommendation will be made to senior officers for approval. This panel will consist of council officers from the finance, business rates and economic development teams.

Whilst we encourage businesses that meet the application criteria as outlined in the application guidance to apply for the grant, as this is a discretionary grant we also reserve the right to amend the qualifying criteria at short notice based on demand for funds and volume of applications.

Applications will be assessed in accordance with the final funding criteria. Applications that do not comply with the criteria will only be considered in exceptional cases.

If you are unsure if you meet the eligibility criteria please email our Business Support Team on business-support@lbhf.gov.uk who will be able to advise you on whether to submit an application. This advice does not guarantee that a grant will be given.  

There is no statutory right of appeal against a decision regarding this grant made by the council.