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Additional Restrictions (Top-Up) Grant (ARG) Application

The Government has provided a small amount of additional funding to be made available to businesses whose premises do not have a rateable value, or they do have a rateable value and have been significantly impacted by the Omicron outbreak because they are in the direct supply chain to eligible businesses shown in the table on the previous page.

As the Government’s Top-Up allocation for Ashfield District Council is limited (£131,000), we will only be able to pay eligible businesses who supply the correctly completed application forms and provide the required supporting evidence at the same time, on a first come, first served basis.

The main criteria for a business to be eligible for this grant are:

  • You must either be:
    • A business rated property for which you are liable, or
    • Have a fixed rental cost (with a rental agreement which must be submitted with your application and must relate to property within the District of Ashfield)
  • The business property was trading at 30 December 2021
  • The business is not insolvent, in liquidation or administration or being struck off
  • The business has not qualified for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG)
  • The business has not received funding in excess of the current subsidy control limits 
Is your business registered on the Council's business rates list?

Has your business been significantly impacted by the Omicron variant outbreak?

Have you chosen to close your business without being formally required to do so?

Is your business bankrupt, in administration, insolvent or have a striking off notice made?

Are you the registered business ratepayer on your premises (not council tax) If applicable

Are you applying as a limited company or as a sole trader?

Does your business operate from a premises within the District of Ashfield that (select one that applies)

Information about you and the business
Please read carefully the descriptive paragraphs below

A Micro business must satisfy two or more of the following:

  • Turnover: not more than £632,000
  • Balance sheet total: not more than £316,000
  • Number of employees: a staff headcount of not more than 10.

A Small business must satisfy two or more of the following:

  • Turnover: not more than £10.2 million
  • Balance sheet total: not more than £5.1 million
  • Number of employees: a staff headcount of up to and including 50.

Are you a small or micro business?

Registered address of the business being applied for

Registered address of the business being applied for

Additional questions
Are you in the direct supply chain (as opposed to being the business being directly affected)?

Bank details
Supporting documents
Providing supporting documents

Please provide relevant evidence to support your application for this discretionary grant. The following evidence must be provided:

  • Most recent bank statement including 30 December 2021 for your business, Name, Bank Details - Sort code, Account number and recent trading transactions covering at least a one month period
  • Current licence to trade (if required)
  • Copy of latest Company accounts or latest Tax Self Assessment (self-employed)
  • Current rent agreement (if applicable)

Failure to supply evidence may result in a delay or non-payment if you qualify, as this grant funding allocation has been limited by government.

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Please upload a copy of any current rent agreement, if applicable. (file types allowed .DOC / .PDF / .JPG)
Please provide details of the main fixed costs of your business; type of costs and annual values.

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud - and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be recovered, as may any grants paid in error. All applications will be subject to rigorous checks and verification by both the Council and Government agencies, this includes checking the information provided within this form with information held by the Local Authority. Your form data may be shared with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in accordance with their requirements.

I understand that if I knowingly and dishonestly provide false or misleading information in communication with the Council; including verbal communication I will be committing a criminal offence contrary to the Fraud Act 2006 and will be subject to a criminal investigation and criminal proceedings may be taken against me.

I declare the information I have provided is true and complete and understand it is my responsibility as the applicant signing this application if information is not correct.

Subsidy Conditions (previously known as State Aid)

COVID-19 business grant subsidy allowance

The EU State aid rules no longer apply to subsidies granted in the UK following the end of the transition period. From 4 March 2021, new subsidy allowances were established for the COVID-19 business grants schemes, on the basis of the principles set out in Article 3.4 of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. There are three subsidy allowances for this scheme:

  • Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance – the business is allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of three years
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance – the business is allowed up to £1,900,000
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance - if limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance have been reached, the business may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £10,000,000, provided certain conditions are met

Please see supporting guidance notes for more information.

Grants under these allowances may be combined for a potential total allowance of £12,235,000 (taking into account all grants previously received under the COVID-19 business grants schemes and subject to the exact amount applicable under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance).

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