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Additional Restrictions Grant

From 12 April 2021 the scheme will close to new applicants.

Applicants completing a Register of Interest form on or after 12 April will not be considered for periods prior to that date.

Successful applicants that completed a Register of Interest form between 1 April and 11 April will only be awarded grant funding for the 44 day period covering 16 Feb 2021 to 31 March 2021.

Successful applications for which we received a Register of Interest form before 1 April continue to be processed and we are able to make payment for these earlier applications for the period of Tier 4 restrictions in Somerset and the Third National Lockdown from 31 December 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Review of policy

In April 2021 the policy will be reassessed to align with the easing of restrictions which are expected over April and May 2021. If you have previously completed a Register of Interest form and received a payment from us we will be in contact if your business is eligible under the new policy.

We expect the new scheme policy to be in place by the third week in April, at which time we will publicise the scheme and make contact with eligible previous applicants.

If you have previously made a claim during 2021, there is no need to reapply as we will be in touch if you are eligible under the new policy.

Background

The Government has awarded local authorities funding to support those businesses falling outside the scope of other business support grant schemes. With this funding, Somerset West and Taunton Council has developed its own policy for an Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Scheme to operate during times of Tier 4 and National Lockdown restrictions. We have published details of the policy and addendum below which you are encouraged to read.

The purpose of the scheme is to provide assistance to businesses to help with fixed business costs during periods in which trading may be difficult due to the Covid restrictions. The scheme is not designed as a wage substitution scheme.

Eligibility

Any business owner or sole trader whose business has been severely impacted by Covid-19 restrictions can apply provided the business is not eligible to claim for Local Restrictions Support Grant Closed (LRSGC). These could be:

  • Businesses outside the business rates system which have been effectively forced to close, or have been impacted.
  • Businesses within the business rates system which may not legally be forced to close, but are nonetheless impacted.

In addition

  • The business must have suffered significant loss in trade due to the crisis and (not through general failure in business).
  • The business must have fixed ongoing costs which are unavoidable
  • The business must prove that it is a clearly defined business, undertaking a recognised trade.
  • The business must have been trading from the day before 19 December 2020 announcement of Tier 4 restrictions. Where businesses were closed due to restrictions that preceded the Tier 4 restrictions, it is accepted that those businesses are still trading.

General Exclusions

  • Businesses that have or are expected to receive a grant from the LRSGC scheme.
  • Businesses that are not severely impacted as they can continue to provide their main services normally or can operate their services remotely (e.g accountants, solicitors)
  • Businesses that were established after the introduction of the restrictions
  • Businesses which have exceeded the relevant state aid limits
  • Businesses in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme

Amount of grant that you could receive

The Council expects to award grants to a value of between £500 and £2,000 to qualifying applicants. These amounts are based on a 28 day period. We expect to make pro rata payments to cover the 47 days period from 31 December to 15 February and 44 day period from 16 February to 31 March.

Grant payment per 28 day period

Grant payment 47 day period
31 Dec to 15 Feb

Grant payment per 44 day period
16 Feb to 31 Mar

£500 £839 £786
£1,000 £1,679 £1,571
£1,500 £2,518 £2,357
£2,000 £3,357 £3,143

In the event of the scheme being oversubscribed, the Council reserves the right to amend those values as it sees fit, in order to balance the demand against the amount of funding available. The Council reserves the right to close this scheme at any time.

Making your application

Please see the Covid Business Support Grants page of our website for details of our approach to identifying businesses which may be entitled to this support.

All applications are assessed using the same criteria to determine the level of support that is provided. The application process will request information on three broad areas:

  • How your business has been affected by the lockdown
  • The fixed costs of your business
  • The number of employees of your business

Payments

  • We will pay the person, partnership or company who is named on the application
  • All payments will be made by bank transfer
  • Grant income received by a business is taxable, therefore payments under this scheme will be subject to tax. However, only businesses that make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax
  • These grant payments count towards state aid limits and are made under the de minimis arrangements (€200,000) or, where this limit has been exceeded, under the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework limit (€800,000)

Data use

Please note that data provided by businesses in relation to these grants may be shared with Government departments on request for specific assurance and analysis purposes. Data may also be securely shared with Government departments, agencies and third party organisations for the specific purpose of prevention and detection of fraud.