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Covid-19 support grants for businesses

The government are providing a number of new grants available to businesses impacted by local and national restrictions due to Covid-19. The different grants available, along with which business can claim, are listed below.

The government announced in the budget on 3 March 2021 updates on a range of existing support measures and introduced some new initiatives that will provide help for businesses dealing with the economic impact of the pandemic.

We are currently waiting for guidance from the government on these schemes and will update this page as soon as the details are confirmed.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding

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

Our policy to implement ARG funding takes a common approach with other councils in the North East region and follows the government's eligibility criteria, which points to the businesses being required to occupy commercial space. Our approach is under constant review and we have extended the scheme to offer support to taxi drivers. On 2 March 2021 we have added support for registered childcare providers, childminders and driving instructors. We will contact anyone in these groups once we launch the scheme.

In most cases if you have previously applied for a Covid business support grant and are affected by the latest lockdown we will use the details you previously supplied to make a new grant payment, you don't need to reapply. New applications only need to be made for a Christmas support payment for bars and pubs or the Durham Business Recovery Grant.

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 you only need to apply once unless you want to apply for a Christmas support payment for bars and pubs or the Durham Business Recovery Grant. These schemes require a specific application. 

Before you apply, make sure you have your business rates account number. If you don't have a business rates account but think you're eligible for a grant, you need your national insurance number.

Grants are taxed and subject to State Aid restrictions

All grants paid are taxable and subject to restrictions in terms of State Aid and you will be required to confirm that receipt of any grant would not contravene State Aid limits.

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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