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COVID-19 - Additional Restrictions Grant (discretionary scheme)

A discretionary scheme to help businesses which have had to close, or been able to trade but have been severely affected by the COVID-19 restrictions, regardless of whether they pay business rates. Applications are now closed.

On 21 December 2021, the Government announced further funding would be made available for Local Authorities, through a top-up to the Additional Restrictions Grant. As part of this scheme, Basildon Council has received a fix sum of funding.

Apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant (closed)

Applications closed on Sunday 6 February 2022. 

Businesses that are eligible

Businesses that are eligible  for an Additional Restrictions Grant include, but are not limited to:

  • Businesses where business rates are included within rents
  • Businesses must have been trading on or before 30 December 2021
  • Businesses in the supply chain for retail, hospitality, leisure, events and accommodation sectors
  • Event and event management businesses.

Eligible businesses must also:

  • Be a micro business or small business as defined in Section 33 Part 2 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 and the Companies Act 2006;
  • Have ongoing fixed business-related costs that are unavoidable overheads;
  • Demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis;

Businesses that are excluded:

  • businesses created after 30 December 2021
  • businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice or under notice
  • business premises must be occupied as of 30 December 2021, empty premises are not eligible for the grants
  • businesses must not have hit the maximum grants subsidy allowances

Award Levels

Basildon Council has decided the following Additional Restrictions Grant award levels will apply:

  • Up to £1,125 where 'small' businesses fit the required criteria;
  • Up to £750 where 'micro' businesses fit the required criteria;
  • Up to £375 where 'other' businesses fit the required criteria.

Basildon Council reserves the right to change the grant award levels shown above, depending on the number of applications received.