Additional restrictions grants (ARG)
This grant scheme is discretionary for both business rated (you receive a business rates bill) and non-business rated businesses.
The government is encouraging these funds to be used to support businesses which have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions.
The ARG scheme is now closed. The closing date was midnight on Sunday 28 February.
Local restrictions support grant (closed) scheme and the one-off business support lockdown (Jan 2021) payment
We are providing a dual application process for businesses to access both the local restrictions support grant (closed) scheme and the one-off business support lockdown payment.
Eligible businesses for both grants are non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.
About the grants
The local restrictions support grant (closed) scheme applies to businesses which were directed to close by the government when Woking moved to Tier 3 on 19 December 2020 or Tier 4 on 20 December 2020.
Qualifying applications that are received before 31 March 2021 will receive an initial payment for the period up to 15 February 2021. Provided the applicant’s circumstances remain the same, a second payment will be issued for the period 16 February to 31 March 2021.
Applications received between 1 April 2021 and 31 May (the closing date for second payment cycle applications) will not be entitled to the initial payment up to 15 February 2021.
There is also a one-off business support payment, announced on 5 January by the government, which is a one-off single payment of up to £9,000 dependent upon the rateable value of the business. This scheme will close on 31 March 2021.
Eligibility criteria for both grants
To qualify for these grants, your business must be in the borough of Woking and:
- is business rated (the applicant must be the rate payer).
- open as usual before the restrictions, for example on 4 November 2020.
- required to close due to restrictions imposed by the Government.
Your business will not qualify for support under this scheme if it was in administration, insolvent or a striking off order was made at the time local restrictions started.
National lockdown (5 November to 2 December 2020)
It’s not too late to apply for the national lockdown grant for period 5 November to 2 December 2020 (28 days).
This grant is open to businesses that were open and trading, but which were legally forced to close as a result of the national lockdown from 5 November to 2 December 2020. These were mainly non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.
If your business was legally forced to close for this period, and you have not already applied, please apply online.
This grant scheme is only applicable to:
- businesses that are business rated - you receive a business rate bill
- the applicant must be the rate payer named on the business rate bill.
We also keep local businesses up to date about grants, other support and resources via our Woking Works business enewsletter.