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.

info Find out what support you're eligible for

Before you apply for a grant use the financial support finder on GOV.UK to find out what you're eligible for.

Find out about the following grants below: 

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Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant is a one-off grant to support hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses, which may have been affected by the (COVID-19) Omicron variant. 

More about the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Skills and employment grants

The Medway Council ARG (Additional Restrictions Grant) Skills and Employment Grants Programme has been designed to benefit businesses and residents in Medway, and support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Different grants will be available for a variety of employment and skills schemes.

More about skills and employment grants

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 COVID-19. 

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

As a business or sole trader, you must meet one of the following criteria and have been affected due to government restrictions in place since 5 November 2020:

  • pay business rates and the business income has been reduced by at least 30%
  • not pay business rates and the business income has been reduced by at least 30%
  • not pay business rates and was forced to close the business by the government.

If you have applied for ARG2 do not reapply for a recovery phase top up payment. We will automatically issue payment if you are eligible.

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


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