The Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG Discretionary) scheme is primarily aimed at businesses which were not mandated to close during the lockdowns and tier restriction periods, but have suffered despite being able to remain open. It is also available to businesses which were mandated to close but are not liable for business rates.
All applicants must also confirm that they have lost at least 20% of their turnover since January 2021, compared with the same period the previous year.
The grants will range from £1,000 to £6,000 and more information will be available on the Coronavirus and Businesses section of the council’s website in due course. Applications for the grants must be made by midnight on Wednesday 31 March and once the applications have been received the council will review them.
Cllr Geoff Williamson, Executive Member for Finance, said: “If you think your business is eligible then please apply before the closing date on Wednesday 31 March. We will process payments to businesses that qualify as quickly as possible and 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.”