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

Last Updated: 14 June 2021

We are currently administering two business support grants:

  • Restart Grant for non-essential retail, leisure, hospitality, accommodation, personal care and sport businesses. Deadline for applications is midnight on 30 June
  • Additional Restrictions Grant for businesses excluded from the Restart Grant scheme that meet the eligibility criteria. Deadline for applications is midday on 7 July

Details of both grant schemes including links to apply online are below.

Restart grants

The Restart Grant is a one-off business grant available to non-essential retail businesses (Strand One), and hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym or sport business premises (Strand Two).

This grant scheme will support businesses that are predominantly reliant on delivering in-person services to the general public from their business premises within the above sectors.

Check the Restart Grants eligibility document (PDF 159KB / 4 pages)

The Restart Grant scheme is only available for businesses in the business ratings list.

The one-off grant amounts that will be payable are as follows:

One-off grant amounts
Rateable value One-off amount for non-essential retail premises (Strand One) One-off amount for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises (Strand Two)
Rateable value of exactly £15,000 or below £2,667 £8,000
Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 £4,000 £12,000
Rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over £6,000 £18,000

Subject to subsidy allowance conditions (previously referred to as State Aid), businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible property. Some businesses may receive more than one grant where they have more than one eligible property.

Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding. Please see further details below regarding subsidy allowances information.

Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

There will be no automated payments through this grant scheme. You must apply using the below link.

The form will time out after 30 minutes ensure you have everything you need prior to starting your application using the Restart Grants checklist (PDF 140KB / 2 pages).

Failure to provide the requested information will delay your application being processed for payment.

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. Thank you for your ongoing patience.

Apply for a Restart Grant

Deadline for all Restart Grant applications is midnight on 30 June 2021. No applications will be accepted after this time.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

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

Government have confirmed that a limited ARG top up amount is available to South Lakeland alongside a small amount of remaining ARG from the previous round. We must evidence clear demand for this top up amount, and this will likely be the final amount we receive from Government through this scheme.

As such, we will again utilise a four-week application window for all applications to be submitted with the majority of payments to be paid at the end of the application window, once all applications have been assessed. This way we can distribute the funding fairly, as opposed to on a first come first served basis.

Before applying, you must read the Additional Restrictions Grant (Round 3) Eligibility Criteria and Scheme Document (PDF 225KB / 9 pages).

The form will time out after approximately 30 minutes, please ensure you have everything you need prior to starting your application using the ARG Checklist (PDF 81KB / 2 pages).

There will be no automated payments through this ARG scheme. You must apply using the below link, even if you have applied through an earlier ARG round.

Apply for Additional Restrictions Grant

Applications can be submitted between midday 9 June until midday 7 July 2021. No applications will be accepted after this deadline.

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. Do not let this put you off applying if you meet the eligibility criteria.

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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