Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)
The third round of applications for the Additional Restrictions Grants is now open.
This grant will be available to micro and small businesses trading in the borough which are excluded from the Local Restrictions Grant schemes. The ARG grant is aimed at helping businesses to pay their fixed costs during the national lockdown restrictions from November 2020 to April 2021. Self-employed people who have received Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) payments are now eligible for this round.
Previous eligible applicants from the first and second ARG rounds do not need to apply for this round as they will receive a further top-up payment. We will contact you directly by email to request some documentation from you to make this payment by the end of May 2021.
If you are still waiting for the outcome of your second round application, there is also no need to apply for this third round and we apologise for the delay. All eligible applicants will also receive atop- up payment.
All previous unsuccessful applicants from the first and second round but who now meet the new criteria will be reassessed. There is no need to reapply. You will receive an email from us shortly.
This grant is available to support:
- Businesses that were not legally required to close during the lockdown but were severely impacted by restrictions.
- Businesses that were required to close during the lockdown but are not registered for business rates.
- Businesses that can demonstrate a decrease in income of at least 30% from November 2020 to March 2021.
Please note that these funds cannot be used to pay wages.
Please do not apply for this grant if you have received a:
- Local Restrictions Support Grant
- Tier 2 and/or Tier 3 Local Restrictions Support Grant
- Restart Grant or eligible for one.
Completed applications must be submitted by 23.59 on Friday 14 May 2021
Businesses must be an active trading company or sole trader. A business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity such as carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover.
Businesses must be able to demonstrate a loss of income of at least 30% between November 2020 to April 2021 due to lockdown restrictions.
New businesses which do not have historical accounts and opened at the end of 2019 and before the first lockdown, can provide their budget projections for the April 2020 to March 2021 period to support their evidence of a 30% loss. These projections should be supplied as an attachment in a separate email to: Businessfirstname.lastname@example.org with their grant reference number clearly highlighted in the subject line. All businesses receive a grant reference number when they submit their application.
Businesses must supply all the requested evidence 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 first and second rounds of funding did not provide sufficient evidence which slowed down the process significantly with the grants team having to chase grant applicants for further detail. 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 will be delayed and may not be processed.
Businesses must be COVID compliant and the details of successful applicant will be shared with regulatory services which will check for any history of non-compliance before any payment will be made.
The following businesses can apply for this grant:
- Businesses from the following sectors and other businesses that may have been severely impacted by restrictions but are not eligible for the Restart Grant scheme. This may include but not limited to:
- businesses that supply. retail, hospitality, arts, night-time economy, leisure and events sector,
- businesses in high growth sectors (science, tech, creative industries),
- group travel and tour operators, other tourism businesses (including B&Bs and event industry suppliers),
- wholesalers, English language schools, breweries, nurseries,
- freelance and mobile businesses (including caterers, events, hair, beauty and wedding related businesses), and childcare providers.
- Businesses outside the business rates system, which are effectively forced to close – for example market traders or service providers..
- Self-employed people including those who have applied for SEISS, for example taxi drivers, childminders, driving instructors, education tutors and tradespeople (plumber, electrician, plasterer etc.).
- Businesses that were eligible for LRSG but missed the 31 March 2021 deadline.
- Market traders who trade in the borough at least 2 days per week.
- Eligible businesses with a turnover* of at least £10,000 per year.
- Home based businesses which have significant fixed costs.
* Turnover - turnover is the total sales made by a business in a certain period. It is sometimes referred to as 'gross revenue' or 'income'. This is different to profit, which is a measure of earnings. We are asking for turnover figures for this grant.
** Fixed costs – any costs relating to the operation of the business that cannot be cancelled during this period. These could include property costs such as rent for non-rateable commercial premises, utilities, etc. Fixed costs do not include employee costs.
Businesses excluded from applying for the grant include those:
- whose trading premises is not located in the borough.
- who cannot demonstrate a decrease in income of at least 30% for the lockdown period of February 2021 to March 2021.
- who have received a Local Restrictions Support Grant or a Tier 2 and 3 Local Restrictions Support Grant
- who have received or are eligible for a Restart Grant.
- whose business is in administration, insolvent or has been struck off the Companies House register.
- who cannot demonstrate that you are currently trading.
- whose business has already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted levels of subsidy will not be eligible to receive funding. The UK-EU TCA sets out principles which all subsidies of more than £325,000 Special Drawing Rights (approx. £350,000) given to a single beneficiary over three years.
- who are using the funding to pay wages.
- who are a home-based which 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).
Proof of rent or mortgage payments at your business address where applicable:
- business premises lease.
- rent agreement or mortgage statement.
- rent invoice or receipt dated no later than 1 February 2021.
- if you are a market trader, please submit your trading licence.
- 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 where applicable:
- financial (End of Year) accounts for the period 2019 to 2020.
- management accounts or profit and loss summary for April 2020 to March 2021
- bank statements for November 2020 to March 2021 inclusive.
- if your business was established in 2020, please supply a cashflow forecast from your first day of trading to 31 March 2021.
- evidence of your business' current ongoing fixed property-related costs per month e.g., utility bills.
- 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.
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 you may have received to date.
If your rateable value or annual rent is £15,000 or less you will receive a grant between £1,500 and £3,000.
If your rateable value or annual rent is between £15,000 - £51,000 you will receive a grant of £2,000 - £4,000
If your rateable value or annual rent is £51,000 or more you will receive a grant of £3,000 - £6,000.
If the council considers a grant will make a significant impact to support a viable business that can demonstrate a loss of income a further discretionary award of up to £10,000 may be provided. This includes high growth and supply chain businesses, those who are in exceptional hardship or those who have benefited less from other government grants. The maximum possible payment is £13,000.
We will assess all correctly completed applications by 18 June 2021.
Applications now open
Important - regularly check your spam or junk folder to ensure you do not miss any ARG updates or request for additional documentation.
Completed applications must be submitted by 23.59 on Friday 14 May 2021
If you need any help with your application, please contact us at email@example.com or call and leave a message at the H&F Business Desk on 020 8753 5585.
Decision making and appeals
This is a discretionary grant, and the amount of funding businesses receive will be dependent on demand. We also reserve the right to change the qualifying criteria at short notice due to changing circumstances and demand on funds.
Applications that do not comply with the criteria will only be considered in exceptional cases.
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 officers from finance, business rates and economic development.
There is no statutory right of appeal against a decision regarding this grant made by the council.