Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Covid 19 Business Support Schemes

Additional Restrictions Support Grant - Discretionary

The second applications window for ARG funding will run from 23rd December to 14th January.

The Government have provided the Council with a limited amount of funding to deliver this grant.

Further calls for applications will be made subject to local business need and available funds.

Additional Restrictions Grant is a discretionary grant and is available at the point that Rossendale first entered LCAL Tier 3 restrictions (17th October). 

The grant will provide limited financial support to businesses with or without a business rate assessment, which have been severely impacted by the LCAL Tier 3 restrictions put in place by the Government to control the spread of coronavirus. For example businesses in the supply chain for the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation Sectors.

The scheme prioritises the following:

  • Rossendale businesses that occupy business premises, (with fixed premises costs) and have been required to close due to nationally imposed restrictions, but do not have a business rates account (and are therefore ineligible for Local Restrictions Support Grant - closed).
  • Rossendale businesses, with or without rateable premises, which are severely impacted by national and local (very high) restrictions, but which have not been required to close. 

Applications will be processed in a fair and transparent manner. 

The appropriate level of grant will be determined, taking into account

  • the rateable value if applicable;
  • the level of fixed costs faced by the business;
  • the number of employees;
  • whether they are unable to trade fully online.
  • The scale of Covid-19 losses. 

We will provide the highest assistance to those eligible businesses which protect the highest number of jobs, have suffered the greatest impact to their business and those with the highest business related fixed costs. 

You will be required to provide evidence of this - failure to do so will result in your application being delayed or not being considered for funding.

The Council may also provide additional support to larger local businesses which are important to the local economy, or considered of significant historic importance to the local area.

Who is it for?

Your business may be eligible if it:

  • Is based in Rossendale
  • Was open and trading on the 16th October 2020
  • Has fixed business related costs that have not reduced due to the additional restrictions of Tier3/National Lockdown, examples of fixed business-related costs are rent, business mortgage, insurance, utilities, phone contract, ongoing maintenance contracts, vehicle costs, professional body memberships, subscription licences, loan repayments etc. 
  • A business that has been severely impacted or closed as a consequence of the additional restrictions imposed by the move to Tier 3 or National Closure or Lockdown restrictions.
  • Business owners receiving Self Employment Income Support Scheme or Universal Credit will need to provide evidence of fixed business costs to be eligible for the grant.

Who is not eligible?

Your business will not be eligible if it:

  • Has been able to continue to operate during the lockdown because it does not depend on providing direct in-person services from its premises
  • Has chosen to close without being severely impacted by the additional Tier 3/National Lockdown restrictions
  • The business owner has another source of employment income
  • Has reached the state aid limit (see below).
  • Was in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice was made on the date of the first full day of restrictions

How much is the grant?

Grant awards will be proportional to the scale and size of the business. 

Payments will be made as a one-off lump sum payment for the dates outlined above.

All applications will be eligibility checked, including having to meet the financial need and/or justification for public sector support criteria.

Grants will be awarded at four levels that the Council have defined as follows - 

  • Micro Business- For those businesses without fixed premises costs (rent payable to a landlord/commercial mortgage payments). This will apply to home, site or mobile based businesses.

£500 one-off lump sum payment

  • Small Business- less than 10 employees & turnover under £2 million

£2,000 one-off lump sum payment

  • Medium Business- less than 50 employees & turnover under £10 million

£5,000 one-off lump sum payment

  • Large Business- Less than 250 employees & turnover under £50 million

£10,000 one-off lump sum payment

However, in exceptional cases, at our discretion, a higher level of grant may be awarded.

Payment will be made by BACS into the business bank account using the information provided in the application form. 

Important- Dependent on demand, we reserve the right to amend the level of grants as necessary. We also reserve the right to change the qualifying criteria at short notice if it is appropriate to do so, reflecting changing circumstances and demand on funds. 

The Council’s decision is final.

How to Apply?

Before you apply, and if applicable, you must have the following information available to complete your application:

  • Your 8 digit Business Rates reference.
  • VAT registration number (if applicable)
  • UTR number (if applicable)
  • Company registration number (if applicable)
  • Charity registration number (if applicable)
  • Details of average monthly income and expenditure prior to COVID-19
  • Details of average monthly income and expenditure post COVID19
  • Copies of Business Account bank statements – April & May 2019 & April & May 2020 – alternatively a written financial statement, prepared and signed by a qualified accountant, setting out the businesses actual and predicted income over the period 1st April 2020 to end May 2020 compared with the same period last year.
  • Business bank sort code
  • Business bank account number
  • Business bank account name

ARG Application Form

State Aid

The United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020. Under the Withdrawal Agreement, the State Aid rules continue to apply during a transition period, subject to regulation by the EU Commission.

Businesses who receive awards of Government grant funding such as the Local Restrictions Support Grant are required to comply with the EU law on State Aid.

Payments made will be provided under the existing De Minimis rules, provided doing so does not exceed the €200,000 threshold.

Payments made where the De Minimis threshold has been reached will be paid under the Covid-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities (threshold €800,000).

Businesses that have reached the limits of payments permissible under the De Minimis and the UK Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework will not be able to receive further grant funding.

Fraud

You may face prosecution if you have manipulated or falsified your position in order to obtain these payments.

Any payment made as a result of fraud will be subject to claw back.

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud – and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.