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Covid-19 support grants for businesses


The government are providing a number of grants to support businesses impacted by Covid-19 restrictions, these include the restart grants announced in March's budget.

See if your business is eligible

Read through the information below on the different business grants available to see if you're eligible (you may be eligible to claim more than one grant):

Apply for a Covid-19 business grant or Apply for a mobile, home-based business or driving instructor Covid-19 business grant

Before you apply, make sure you have your business rates account number or if you are applying for a support payment for mobile, home-based businesses and driving instructors your HMRC unique taxpayer reference number (UTR).

National restart grant scheme 

The governments national restart grant scheme supports businesses in reopening safely as restrictions are lifted. This scheme opened on 1 April 2021.

If you have previously applied for a Covid-19 business grant you do not need to apply for a restart grant, we will automatically use the information we hold about your business to process your restart grant. Please note, we are required now to make a number of pre-payment checks for all restart grants before your payment can be made.  

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding

Limited funding has been made available by the government to fund a discretionary policy that supports businesses that do not have their own business rates account but still incur fixed business related costs, as well as some other sectors impacted such as wholesale suppliers in the supply chain to the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors. 

We extended the local scheme to offer support to taxi drivers, registered childcare providers and childminders. Although most of the ARG grants closed on 31 March 2021 the following are still open to new applications.

Previous grant schemes

Our Covid-19 support grants closed to application has information on the Covid-19 business support grants which are no longer open to applications. 

Grants are taxed and contribute to COVID-19 Subsidy Allowance

All grants paid are taxable and contribute towards the subsidy allowance for the three COVID-19 Businesses Grants Schemes:

  • The Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance (SMFAA) which enables an applicant to receive grants up to a maximum level of £325,000 over any period of three fiscal years
  • COVID-19 Business grant Allowance (C19BGA) enables an applicant to receive further grants up to a level of £1,600,000 over any period of three fiscal years
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance (C19BGASA) may allow access to a further allowance of funding up to £9,000,000 over any period of three year fiscal years

Business support programmes

For information about business support programmes available in County Durham, please see Business Durham: Covid recovery for businesses or see their Business Durham Covid-19 business support brochure. For tourism businesses, further information is available on Visit County Durham - Covid-19 advice.

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