Cornwall Council has launched the application process for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme, aimed at businesses which have been forced to close or limit trading during the current coronavirus lockdown.
Cornwall has been allocated £11.5m by the Government for the scheme, designed to support businesses who are not eligible for other forms of financial support and have fixed ongoing costs such as rent or mortgage payments, loans or lease agreements for capital equipment or rental of workspaces.
Businesses have until 23.59pm on Sunday, January 31, to apply for a one-off grant. Those eligible include businesses which:
- Have not previously received any form of coronavirus grant support
- Are Cornwall based and owned
- Have been legally required to close and are not business rate registered
- Have been severely impacted by the national lockdown which began on Tuesday January 5, but are ineligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) because they have not been mandated to close. This will include a range of businesses who supply goods and services to the hospitality, retail and leisure sector; businesses supplying services to the visitor economy, such as holiday cottage management companies, and; businesses from the event sector such as caterers and event venues.
- Businesses with a rateable value of more than £51,000 who were eligible but did not apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant in November.
*Home based businesses or newly-started businesses which have been excluded from accessing the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme can apply to the ARG fund and do not have to demonstrate ongoing fixed costs.
Tim Dwelly, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for economy, said: “Our priority is those eligible businesses which have not yet been able to claim any other grant, or the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme.
“We want to make a difference to the Cornish businesses hardest hit by loss of income because of lockdown, who have also struggled because of a lack of targeted Government support. We know many of them have fallen between the cracks and we want to put that right.”
Local Restrictions Support Grant
Cornwall Council continues to pay out vital grant support to businesses affected by changes in tier restrictions and the current national lockdown. The Council was one of the first local authorities in the country to pass on Government grants to Cornwall’s businesses during the lockdown which began in March 2020.
The Council has so far paid out £1.92m to more than 7,500 businesses which had to close when Cornwall moved to Tier 3 restrictions on Boxing Day. And around 12,000 businesses forced to close during the January lockdown will receive their first payments next week under the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme as well as a Closed Business Lockdown Payment (one off grants of £4,000, £6,000 or £9,000).
If you received a Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) payment following the November lockdown, you will not need to apply for the LRSG for the current lockdown period or a Closed Business Lockdown Payment.
Businesses will need to submit an application if they are:
- Businesses which pay business rates and have been forced to close, but did not apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grants in November 2020, will need to apply for this latest round of Local Restrictions Support Grants and the one-off Closed Business Lockdown Payment (one off grants £4k-£9K)
- Business rated businesses which were not required to close, but have been severely impacted by the change in tier restrictions on December 26 when Cornwall entered Tier 2 and December 31 when Cornwall entered Tier 3 (December 26 to December 30 and December 31 to January 4). The application form for this grant will be available on our website shortly.