Applications are now closed

If your business was financially affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you could get support from the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) fund.

We have secured funding to help businesses in the hospitality, cultural, creative and wedding sectors that are still struggling from the impact of COVID-19. If you are a sole trader or freelance contractor, you were eligible to apply. 

Grant applications closed at midnight on Monday 15 November 2021.

Eligibility criteria

You may have been eligible if you met the following criteria:

  • your business is registered in Medway
  • your business is in the creative, hospitality, cultural or wedding sectors
  • you can prove that your business was financially affected by COVID-19 between March 2020 and July 2021
  • you can explain how a grant will help you recover and rebuild your business.

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Grant payments

Grants of up to £40,000 were available in various amounts, depending on your need. These funds are limited so we cannot guarantee you’ll get a grant, but we will consider every application.

You can use the grant to help your business in the following areas: 

  • product development 
  • buying equipment and materials 
  • training and development 
  • research
  • brand development
  • marketing and promotional activity
  • infrastructure improvements
  • access to specialist services.

You could ask for a grant to help your business in more than one of these areas, but the total grant you will get will not be more than £40,000.


Applications are now closed. 

What happens next

We'll let you know the outcome of your application from January 2022.

If your application is successful, we'll pay the grant from January 2022.

Recovery grants video

Watch the video to find out more about recovery grants. 

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