The Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG Discretionary) scheme is aimed at businesses that fall under eight categories:
- Business that supply or manufacture goods for the retail, hospitality and leisure industry. Events businesses and those businesses which supply or manufacture goods for them.
- Charities (not charity shops which were mandatorily closed)
- Other businesses which were mandated to close, but without business rates e.g. mobile hair dressers, beauticians.
- Other business with or without business rates, which were not mandated to close but severely affected.
- Church halls (which usually have a regular rental income) without business rates that remained closed during lockdown.
- Businesses with a rateable value over £51k to top up mandatory scheme cases only.
- Taxi drivers (self employed).
- Regular East Herts market traders without business rates.
There is a scoring mechanism to support the scheme which will identify what level of grant will be awarded. The lowest level of grant available is £200 with the maximum £15,000 but other levels between these amounts can be granted depending on the scoring factors such as staff numbers and fixed costs.
Applications for the grants must be made by midnight on Sunday 3 January. Once the applications have been received the council will review them.
Cllr Geoff Williamson, executive Member for finance, said: “We would encourage businesses who think they are eligible to apply before the closing date. While we welcome the additional funding, we know from early indications that it is not likely to be enough to support all the businesses that we would like to.
“We will process payments to businesses that qualify as quickly as possible. We would also encourage people in East Herts to spread the word and share the details of the scheme with those businesses they are aware of that might be eligible for support.”
For full details of the grant and to apply, visit the Additional Restrictions Grants section of the council’s website.