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Grants for Businesses during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

There are still grants available to support businesses that have been significantly impacted by the Covid-19 restrictions implemented by government.

The following grants schemes are currently available for businesses:

  • National Lockdown Grant (16 February to 31 March period only) also known as Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)
  • Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)
  • Restart Grant
  • Top Up Grant

National Lockdown Grant / Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

Businesses that were open as usual, but then required to close due to national lockdown between 16 February and 31 March may be eligible for this scheme.

If you previously applied for the grant for the January lockdown period will have automatically been awarded the grant for this period. Any eligible business that hasn’t yet applied for this grant can now only apply for this time period only; all previous grants for the earlier periods of restriction have now closed to new applications.

Please click here to apply for this grant.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

Businesses that have been significantly impacted by the implemented restrictions but not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) grants may be eligible for this scheme.

There are now currently 5 rounds of Additional Restrictions Grant available, these are for:

  • ARG1 - November 2020 – email covidbusiness@swale.gov.uk to apply
  • ARG2 - December 2020 – click here to apply
  • ARG3 - January to mid February 2021 – click here to apply
  • ARG4 - Mid February to end of March 2021 – grant will be processed automatically once ARG3 application has been processed
  • ARG5 - April 2021 – click here to apply

The latest guidance documents for the Additional Restrictions Grant eligibility can be found below:

Restart Grant

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in reopening safely as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. Grants are available from 1 April 2021.

Your business must be registered for business rates and have previously qualified for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) in order to qualify for this grant.

Please click here to apply for this grant.

Top Up Grant Scheme

The Top Up Grant scheme is designed to help companies in the events, hospitality and leisure sectors that were not eligible for the Closed Business Lockdown Payment.

To qualify for this grant, businesses must be an events, leisure or hospitality sector business (personal care services are not eligible), be operating from commercial premises and be significantly impacted.

The full guidance criteria can be found here: Top Up Grant Scheme (PDF 826kb).

If you believe you are eligible for this scheme, please email covidbusiness@swale.gov.uk

An overview of the grant schemes currently available can be found here: ARG 5 Charts (PDF 550kb).

If you are unsure which grant your business should be eligible for, please contact edu@swale.gov.uk

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