Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) applications closed at 11.59pm on 7 January 2021.


This grant will be available to businesses which are excluded from the other grant schemes. The grant intends to help businesses to pay their fixed costs considering the national lockdown from 5 November to 2 December 2020.

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

Please note that these funds cannot be used to pay wages.

Completed applications must be submitted by 11.59pm on Thursday 7 January 2021.

Eligibility criteria

Businesses must have been trading on 5 November 2020 (first full day of national lockdown restrictions) to be eligible.

Businesses must be able to demonstrate a loss of income of at least 50% in November 2020 due to lockdown restrictions.

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

The following businesses can apply for this grant:

  • market traders who trade at least 5 days per week.
  • businesses who have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
  • businesses who received funding from the previous discretionary business grant scheme.
  • home-based businesses that are on the Companies House register with a turnover of at least £25,000 per year.
  • 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
  • self-employed people who are not eligible for SEISS with a turnover of at least £25,000 per year

Businesses excluded from applying for the grant

You cannot get funding if:

Priority businesses 

We are prioritising the following businesses:

  • Businesses that supply the retail, hospitality, arts, night-time economy, leisure and events sectors who have not been required to close but have been significantly impacted through cancelled orders for products and services following the restrictions which came into force on the 5 November 2020
  • Businesses significantly affected by business closures caused by national restrictions that came into force on the 5 November 2020. Impact due to cancelled orders for products and services to closed businesses in the retail, hospitality, leisure or events sectors.
  • Businesses outside the business rates system, which are effectively forced to close – for example full-time market traders.
  • Businesses in high growth sectors (science, tech, creative industries), particularly those who were not eligible for the previous discretionary grant.
  • Discretionary top up funding for viable businesses who received the previous discretionary scheme.
  • Home based businesses who have significant fixed costs*

* 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.

How much will my business get?

The amount you get depends on either 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.

  • If your rateable value or rent is £15,000 or less you will receive £1,334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period;
  • If your rateable value or annual rent is between £15,000 - £51,000 you will receive £2,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period;
  • If your rateable value or annual rent is £51,000 or more you will receive £3,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.

Where the council considers a grant will make a significant impact to support a viable business in the high growth or supply chain sector who is in exceptional hardship, has not benefited from other government grants, and has demonstrable loss of income, the council may make a discretionary award of up to £10,000.

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) applications closed at 11.59pm on 7 January 2021.

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.

View 'How to apply' webinar

The recording of our webinar on how to complete the Additional Restrictions Grant application is available to view. 

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 officers from finance, business rates and economic development.

This is a discretionary grant scheme. The grant amount awarded may be subject to demand and the level of funding available. Applications that do not comply with the eligibility criteria will only be considered in exceptional cases.

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