Business support grants: Coronavirus (COVID-19) 1 April 2021 onwards

Last Updated: 30 July 2021

Applications are now closed for the following schemes, and we are continuing to work through outstanding applications for the following two business support grants:

  • Restart Grant for non-essential retail, leisure, hospitality, accommodation, personal care and sport businesses. Applications closed as of midnight on 30 June
  • Additional Restrictions Grant for businesses excluded from the Restart Grant scheme that meet the eligibility criteria. Applications closed as of 5pm on 7 July

Restart grants

The Restart Grant scheme has now closed to new applicants as of midnight on 30 June 2021. We are not able to accept applications after this time.

We are currently working through the remaining Restart Grant applications received before the deadline, and we are able to make payments through the Restart Grant up until the end of July 2021.

Any appeals for declined or outstanding Restart Grant applications must be received via email to no later than 5pm on Friday 23 July 2021 to be considered.

Please note that we are carrying out mandatory business and bank account checks with the National Fraud Initiative, as per Government requirements for the Restart Grant, therefore some payments are taking longer than 15 working days to process due to delays getting this data back from NFI.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The Additional Restrictions Grant is a discretionary grant available to businesses with fixed costs who are excluded from the Restart Grant and meet the eligibility criteria.

Applications for Round 3 of the Additional Restrictions Grant were open for submission between midday 9 June and 5pm on 7 July 2021.

Businesses should note this is a one-off grant which is in very high demand, and you should not be reliant or expectant of receiving ARG funding through this scheme.

Update (30/07): We have now worked through all ARG applications, we have received the Government checks on all applications submitted that were outstanding and have now been able to determine grant award amounts based on information submitted through applications.

We are still awaiting follow up responses from a handful of ARG applicants where applications remain incomplete, and continue to chase responses. Please ensure you respond to these as soon as possible, as your application will be declined as incomplete if you fail to provide us with additional supporting information that has been requested.

We are now making payments to the majority of applicants all of which will be processed in the last week of July or first week of August, and email notifications will follow to confirm grant award amounts between 2-6 August. If you haven’t received an email notification by the 6 August, then we would ask you to contact us at this point only. Please check your emails first, including junk folders, to make sure you haven’t missed an email from us.

Please do not contact us for a status update for your grant application before this time. Thank you for your ongoing patience at this time.

Subsidy allowance information

Subsidy allowance has now replaced State Aid following the end of the transition period and the UK’s exit from the EU.

The Restart Grant and Additional Restrictions Grant schemes are covered by three subsidy allowances:

  • Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance: you’re allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of three years
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance: you’re allowed up to £1,600,000
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance: if you have reached your limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £9,000,000 provided certain conditions are met

Grants under these three allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £10,935,000 (subject to exchange rates and certain conditions being met).

Further details are available in the Subsidy Allowance overview (PDF 169KB / 4 pages). Alternatively, visit GOV.UK Complying with the UK’s International Obligations on Subsidy Control.

Similar to previous grant schemes that were subject to State Aid regulations, you’ll need to tell us how much government funding (subsidy allowance) you have received over the past three financial years through the online application form. This includes any business grants paid out from SLDC over the past 12 months, as well as other public sector funding your business has received.

To help you provide this detail in your application, see our COVID-19 Business Grants Overview document (PDF 86KB / 1 page).


To report a change in your business rated property that might impact your grant eligibility, please email:

To report a missing payment, a grant overpayment or a suspected fraudulent business grant claim, please email:

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