Grant scheme launches for businesses forced to close due to lockdown

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Richmondshire businesses forced to close during the second national lockdown – and not eligible for the local restrictions support grant – can now apply for grant aid.

The additional restrictions grant (ARG) will give them a one-off payment covering the 27-day lockdown period.

The grant is also available to businesses that were allowed to stay open but suffered a significant and detrimental financial impact because of the restrictions.

It is these businesses, along with those outside of the business rates system that were forced to close, which the scheme seeks to prioritise.

They include businesses which supply the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors or businesses in the events sector.

Businesses that have been allowed to stay open through the national lockdown restrictions but have been financially impacted because of reduced footfall, bookings and loss of contracts – and therefore had a significant reduction in income for the period of restrictions – can also apply for the grant.

The ARG is available for businesses operating within the Richmondshire District Council area and had been actively trading before November 5, 2020

The ARG will be open initially to applications from December 4 until December 18, 2020.

For more information and links to the online application form visit

Details on all grants, eligibility criteria and further business advice can also be found here as well as by calling 01748 829100.