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15 Dec 2020
There still remains potential funding available to support businesses under the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG). The Council has the freedom to determine eligibility for the grant, however it is expected the funding will help those businesses which - while not legally forced to close – are severely impacted by restrictions, i.e. those hardest hit.
The scheme currently prioritises businesses that meet the following criteria.
Hull 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).
Hull businesses, with or without rateable premises, which are severely negatively impacted by national and local (very high) restrictions, but which may not be required to close. Priority will be given to businesses which support/supply the leisure and hospitality sectors and businesses in the events sector.
Please note - If your business is able to access the Local Restrictions Support Grant due to being required to close by Government, then you are ineligible for this scheme.
However, we have been advised that additionally any businesses that can demonstrate significant detriment due to Covid-19, e.g. a drop in income (minimum 30%), or who can show a much-reduced footfall, or who may have taken the decision to voluntarily close due to lack of trade, will now be considered.
To apply for ARG funding, click on the link below. The Council will be working through applications as quickly as possible, however they have already received several hundred ARG applications so businesses are politely requested to be patient. We would again reiterate funding is discretionary.
If you have any queries regarding the above, we strongly advise that firstly you contact the Council’s Business Support Team by email – firstname.lastname@example.org or you can telephone 01482 300301.