Additional Restrictions Grant 2 (ARG2) | Additional Restrictions Grant 2 (ARG2) | Medway Council

You can apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant 2 if your business was forced to close or significantly affected by the national and local restrictions put in place to manage coronavirus (COVID-19).

You cannot get an Additional Restrictions Grant 2 if you are eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant

Eligibility criteria

Your business must be 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.

If you declare your business has been significantly affected, you must be able to demonstrate that your business has experienced a negative impact of at least 30% of overall income due to the local or national lockdown restrictions.

This discretionary grant is to support ongoing fixed costs and loss of income as a direct result of the government restrictions.

Other eligibility criteria

The business must:

  • be actively trading from a property within the Medway Council boundary
  • have ongoing fixed costs, excluding employment costs
  • have suffered at least 30% income loss due to local or national lockdown restrictions
  • have been trading on and before 4 November 2020
  • not be in administration or insolvent where a striking-off notice has been made
  • occupy a property, or part of a property, with a rateable value, or annual rent or mortgage payments
  • not have received (including this grant) more than €200,000 in total of de minimis aid within the current financial year, or the 2 previous financial years. If this threshold has been reached payments can still be made under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities subject to €800,000 limit.
  • not have received, or been eligible to receive, funding from the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme.

Definitions

Fixed costs

Any costs relating to the operation of the business that cannot be cancelled during this time. These could include property costs, for example, rent for non-rateable commercial premises and utilities. Fixed costs do not include employee costs.

Sectors that do not rely on fixed costs related to premises, for example, private hire, taxi drivers and market traders, can include any fixed ongoing costs incurred by their business that cannot be cancelled during this period.

Significantly affected

A statement will be needed from the company showing that at least 50% of their revenue comes from businesses required to close and that this will have a negative impact on their income of at least 30%.

Grant payments

You can apply for financial support for the following periods:

  • Tier 3 local lockdown period (3 December 2020 to 20 December 2020)
  • Tier 4 local lockdown period (21 December 2020 to 3 January 2021)
  • National lockdown (from 5 January 2021)

If you did not previously apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant (5 November to 2 December 2020), you can apply using this application form.

We will assess grant applications and make awards subject to business size, fixed costs and the evidence provided.

If your business has multiple properties trading within the Medway Council boundary, a maximum of 2 properties can be supported through this scheme.

Before you apply

You need to provide all or some of the following information:

  • business rates account number (if you pay business rates)
  • company or charity registration number
  • VAT registration number (if registered for VAT)
  • bank account details
  • business details
  • the number of employees in your business.

You need to provide the following documents:

  • your latest annual accounts (management or audited accounts), this must clearly show your last 3 months of income
  • most recent bank statement in the name of the business (showing account number, sort code, payee name and address)
  • evidence of ongoing fixed costs in the form of a lease or rental agreement, utility bill, other bill or invoice, buildings insurance. This does not include employment costs.
  • evidence of business income and a comparator period for each local or national lockdown you are applying for a grant for.

This means you may need to provide evidence for some or all income for the following periods:

  • November 2020
  • December 2020
  • January 2021

You must include evidence of the comparator period for each month your business was affected, for example, November 2019, December 2019 and January 2020.

If you do not have evidence for the comparative month you can provide evidence for a different period within the last 18 months.

Your evidence must support your stated loss of income, for example:

  • profit and loss accounts or management accounts
  • and a supporting bank statement for the corresponding period.

Apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant 2

After you apply

We’ll check your eligibility for the grant.

We aim to process your application within 28 days once we have received all the necessary documentation. If we need to request more evidence to support your application, then the assessment process may take longer.

We are experiencing a large number of applications. This may also increase the length of time it takes to process your application.

We will notify you of the outcome of your application as soon as we can.

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