COVID-19 support for businesses

Additional Restrictions Grant

If you have previously received an Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) under either our open or closed schemes, you do not need to do anything as we will be paying you automatically for the period 16 February to 31 March 2021. You should receive an email from us by Monday 8 March 2021. Please do not try to reapply as this may delay grant payments.

If you haven’t applied for our ARG schemes, we will be reopening them to new applicants next week.

We are paying ARG in line with the Government grants to 31 March after which future payments will be subject to funding.

Business Restart Grants

The Government has also announced Restart Grants and we will update this webpage when we have more details.

West Suffolk Council is responsible for administering Government financial support for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since March 2020 the Government has launched a number of different grant schemes. Each of these schemes has different criteria depending on the time period it relates to, the restrictions that were in place or the types of businesses who can apply.

The time periods for which grants are currently available are set out below. By clicking on the different buttons below, businesses can access the detailed eligibility criteria and the relevant application forms for the various schemes.

Businesses may be eligible for more than one of these time periods. While businesses must complete separate forms for each, the maximum number of forms that needs to be completed is three. Previous successful applicants will only need to check the business and payment information they previously submitted and make a declaration, if the person who most recently applied is completing the form.

Find out more and apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) and Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) by following the links:

1) 26 December 2020 to 31 March 2021
Grants for businesses who were required to close from 26 December onwards (under Tier 4 and national lockdown restrictions).
(LRSG Closed, ARG Closed and Closed Business Lockdown Payments)
Businesses in the supply chain for those required to close can also apply for grants from 26 December onwards through ARG Closed.
2) 26 December 2020 to 31 March2021
Grants for small and independent shops and other customer-facing businesses allowed by Government to remain open during Tier 4 and the national lockdown restrictions as they provide essential goods and services.
(ARG Open)
3) 5 November to 1 December 2020
Grants for businesses in the rating system who were required to close during November.
(LRSG Closed)
4) 2 to 25 December 2020 (for open businesses)
Grants for hospitality, accommodation and leisure businesses who were open during December but impacted by Tier 2 restrictions on social mixing.
(LRSG Open)
5) 2 to 25 December 2020 (for closed pubs)
Grants for wet-led pubs that were closed in Tier 2 due to not serving substantial meals.
(LRSG Closed)