Current round of additional restrictions grant - new applications

If you have previously applied for and received an additional restrictions grant, you should have received an email from us with a link to a different form.

Please complete that form, as opposed to this one as we already have the required evidence.


The additional restrictions grant is aimed at businesses that are not eligible for a restart grant but are significantly affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

This additional fund is aimed at businesses with ongoing fixed costs.

East Hampshire District Council has ringfenced £1.5m of funding to support businesses from central government.

Deadline

The deadline for applications to the current round of additional restrictions grants is midnight on Monday 31 May 2021.

Eligibility criteria

  • Self-employed Taxi and Private Hire drivers licenced with East Hampshire District Council that live outside the district and have not been able to obtain a grant from their own local authority due to local discretionary rules can apply for an ARG*. These businesses must have been significantly affected by COVID-19 restrictions.
  • This funding is available for business significantly affected by COVID-19 restrictions but not covered under the Restart Grants but have significant fixed costs** which are not related to employment.
  • These businesses will include those that provide products and services to the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors, or businesses in the events sector. Micro and Small businesses that are experiencing significant financial hardship due to COVID-19 restrictions, will also be considered.
  • Only businesses located within the East Hampshire District Council area will be eligible for this scheme.
  • The business must have been actively trading on 1 April 2021.

Discretionary grants will be paid subject to State Aid regulations, meaning the business needs to check that they comply with State Aid rules and inform the council accordingly prior to payment being made. If State Aid rules are breached the responsibility lies with the applicant and, in line with the legislations, the council can take action to recover the funding.

*If you have any queries relating to self-employed taxi and private hire drivers' eligibility please contact Julie McLatch, Business Development Lead, by calling 07786 395322.
**fixed costs – any costs relating to the operation of the business that cannot be cancelled during this period. These could include property costs such as rent for non-rateable commercial premises and utilities. Fixed costs do not include employee costs.

Exclusions to the additional restrictions grant

  • businesses that can continue to trade and can operate their services effectively.
  • businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State Aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.
  • businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
  • precepting authorities.

Grant levels

Business can receive up to a maximum of £6,000 for any given property.

  • property – a business that has more than one property will be eligible to apply for each actively trading property.

Grants will be awarded on a first come first served basis within the funding allocation limits of the scheme agreed by the council.

Indicative amounts for priority groups – The additional restrictions grant scheme will follow the Local restrictions support grant scheme for the amounts paid.

  • for properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, one off grant of £2,667
  • for properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k, one off grant of £4,000
  • for properties with a rateable value of £51k or over, one off grant of £6,000

Where a property is part of a larger rateable value, these will be set up to a maximum of a one off grant of the lower level of £2,667

For businesses that work from a residential property, mobile workers, self-employed Taxi and Private Hire Drivers and B&B accommodation, these will be set up to a maximum of a one-off grant of £1,000.

  • for businesses that work from a residential property, fixed monthly overheads for the purpose of this grant only includes business expenses and not any residential costs. A maximum of one grant per residential property.

Evidence

Businesses applying for additional restrictions grant funding will be required to give details of income received (or estimated) in February, March and April. The council places responsibility on the applicant to provide information that is correct to the best of their knowledge.

We also require a copy of a bank statement (showing the business name or applicant’s name, registered address with income within the last three months).

For businesses that work from home (residential property), you will also need to provide:

  • a copy of the council tax bill showing that they are registered for council tax in the district
  • evidence of registration with HMRC for tax purposes will also be required

Additional information

Tax

Grant income received by a business is taxable therefore funding paid under the Additional Restrictions Grants Fund will be subject to tax.

Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

State Aid

The United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020, nonetheless under the Withdrawal Agreement the State aid rules continue to apply during a transition period, subject to regulation by the EU Commission.

EHDC must be satisfied that all State aid requirements have been fully met and complied with when making grant payments, including, where required, compliance with all relevant conditions of the EU State aid De-Minimis Regulation, the EU Commission Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak, the approved COVID-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities, and any relevant reporting requirements to the EU Commission.

East Hampshire District Council has the discretion to make payments to eligible recipients under either the De Minimis rules or the COVID-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities (provided all the relevant conditions are met).

Payments of up to and including £10,000 can be provided under the De Minimis rules, meaning applicants can receive up to €200,000 of aid within a three-year period.

Fraud

The council will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud - and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error

All applicants’ information will be shared with the Government Grants Management team to enable any fraud to be identified. All businesses will confirm this by ticking the box on the application.

Appeals

There are no further appeals rights for the grant, the council’s decision is final.

Queries

If you require support or advice in relation to the additional restrictions grant, please email business@easthants.gov.uk