Additional Restrictions Grant
The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is a discretionary grant provided by government that will be administered by Bracknell Forest Council. It is to support local businesses that have been severely impacted by restrictions intended to stop the spread of COVID-19.
This is separate to the Local Restrictions Grant (for closed businesses) for businesses paying business rates.
Check if you are eligible for the coronavirus ARG on GOV.UK.
The ARG is available for businesses who have had to close during the second lockdown but have not qualified for the Local Restrictions Grant (for closed businesses) because they are not business rates payers.
It is also available for businesses who have not received any previous business grant funding from the council but have been significantly impacted by the national restrictions from 5 November to 2 December.
The grant is available for small to medium-sized businesses in Bracknell Forest who meet one of the criteria below:
Businesses mandated to close
Business mandated to close who:
- do not pay business rates but can demonstrate fixed costs outside of their residential property and staffing costs (such as businesses in shared offices, Bed and Breakfasts, regular market traders)
Businesses not mandated to close
Businesses not mandated to close, who meet all of these criteria:
- they are continuing to incur fixed costs outside of their residential property and staffing costs
- they can demonstrate a significant financial loss as a direct result of new lockdown measures (such as businesses supplying to those mandated to close such as the hospitality, retail and leisure industries and in the personal care, hospitality and events sectors)
Businesses that are not eligible
The following types of business are not eligible:
- businesses that can continue to trade because they can operate their services effectively remotely (such as accountants, solicitors and consultants)
- businesses that have chosen to close but have not been mandated to do so
- self-employed individuals who work primarily from home and do not face fixed business-related costs (for example, in addition to their residential property and staffing costs)
- large businesses with more than 50 employees, turnover greater than £10.2 million or balance sheet assets more than £5.1 million
- businesses that have already received maximum permitted grant payments under the de minimis and COVID-19 Temporary State Aid frameworks