Business support grants | Medway Council

If your business has been affected by government restrictions in place to manage coronavirus (COVID-19) you may be eligible for financial support.

Support is available to employers and the self-employed, including sole traders and limited company directors. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants, whether your business is open or closed.

Use the financial support finder on GOV.UK to find out what grants you are eligible for, or see the business support grants below.

Find out about the following grants below: 

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Additional Restrictions Grant 2 (ARG2)

The Additional Restrictions Grant 2 (ARG2) is a discretionary payment to support businesses that have been affected by the national and local restrictions put in place to manage coronavirus. 

You can apply for an ARG2 if your business is in Medway and not eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant.

It must also meet one of the following criteria:  

  • pays business rates and has been significantly affected by government restrictions in place since 5 November 2020. This means your business income has been reduced by at least 30%.
  • business or sole trader that does not pay business rates and has been significantly affected by government restrictions in place since 5 November 2020. This means your business income has been reduced by at least 30%.
  • business or sole trader that does not pay business rates and was forced to close their business during the local and national restrictions since 5 November 2020.

View eligibility criteria and apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant 2 (ARG2).


Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses) 16 February to 31 March

If you have applied for a Local Restrictions Support Grant for the November national lockdown period, you do not need to make a separate application for this grant. We will automatically issue the payment if you are eligible.

You can apply for this Local Restrictions Support Grant if: 

  • you pay business rates to Medway Council
  • your business was forced to close during the national lockdown period from 5 January 2021 
  • or your business was forced to close its in-person service, but you have remained open to provide a click and collect or takeaway service (where takeaway service is not usually the main service provided).

The closing date for applications is 31 May 2021. 

View eligibility criteria and apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (February).


Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment

If you have applied for a Local Restrictions Support Grant for the November national lockdown period, you do not need to make a separate application for this grant. We will automatically issue the payment if you are eligible.

You may be eligible for this one-off payment if:

  • you pay business rates to Medway Council
  • your business was forced to close during the national lockdown period from 5 January 2021

The closing date for applications is 31 March 2021

View eligibility criteria and apply for a Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment.


Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses) 5 January to 15 February

If you have applied for a Local Restrictions Support Grant for the November national lockdown period, you do not need to make a separate application for this grant. We will automatically issue the payment if you are eligible.

You can apply for this Local Restrictions Support Grant if: 

  • you pay business rates to Medway Council
  • your business was forced to close during the national lockdown period from 5 January 2021 
  • or your business was forced to close its in-person service, but you have remained open to provide a click and collect or takeaway service (where takeaway service is not usually the main service provided).

The closing date for applications is 31 March 2021. 

View eligibility criteria and apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (January).


Christmas Support Payments (for wet-led pubs)

You may be eligible for a one-off payment if your pub has been affected by local restrictions from 2 to 29 December 2020. 

We have emailed pubs that have received a Local Restrictions Support Grant to find out if they are eligible.

The closing date for applications is 28 February 2021.

View eligibility criteria and apply for Christmas Support Payments (for wet-led pubs).


Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses) Tier 4

If you have applied for a Local Restrictions Support Grant for the November national lockdown period, you do not need to make a separate application for this grant. We will automatically issue the payment if you are eligible.

You can apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Tier 4 if: 

  • you pay business rates to Medway Council
  • your business was forced to close during the local restrictions period from 20 December 2020 to 4 January 2021
  • or your business was forced to close its in-person service but you have remained open to provide a click and collect or takeaway service (where takeaway service is not usually the main service provided).

View eligibility criteria and apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Tier 4.


Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses) Tier 3

If you have applied for a Local Restrictions Support Grant for the November national lockdown period, you do not need to make a separate application for this grant. We will automatically issue the payment if you are eligible.

You can apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Tier 3 if: 

  • you pay business rates to Medway Council
  • your business was forced to close during the local restrictions period from 2 December to 19 December 2020
  • or your business was forced to close its in-person service, but you have remained open to provide a click and collect or takeaway service (where takeaway service is not usually the main service provided).

View eligibility criteria and apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Tier 3.


Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses) November

You can apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant if: 

  • you pay business rates to Medway Council
  • your business was forced to close during the national lockdown period from 5 November to 1 December 2020
  • or your business is deemed to be non-essential retail, but you have remained open to provide a click and collect or takeaway service (where takeaway service is not usually the main service provided).

You can apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant after the restriction period has ended.

View eligibility criteria and apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (November).

Coronavirus grant phishing email

If you receive an email asking you to resubmit your application, you should discard it immediately. Scammers are trying to get the details of those who are eligible for a business grant.

We will not ask you to resubmit your application for a business grant.

You can report a fraudulent email to NAFN by emailing intel@nafn.gov.uk