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Grant support for businesses affected by coronavirus restrictions

Guide to the different grants available for businesses affected by coronavirus restrictions

This page was updated on 01 July 2021. 

An overview of the different grants available can be seen below. All grants will be allocated through the Local Authorities, so we recommend you check your Local Authority for their application-specific requirements and dates.  

1. Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG): 

On 5 January, the Chancellor announced that a further £500 million will be made available for Local Authorities to support businesses not eligible for other grants, that may be affected by the restrictions.

In the 2021 Budget, the government announced that an additional £425 million of discretionary business grant funding will be made available to Local Authorities to distribute to businesses that are not eligible for the new restart grants. 

Please note that the second top-up of £425 million of ARG funding will be allocated to Local Authorities when they have spent or made a validated attempt to spend 100% of their first two ARG allocations combined. Local Authorities have until 30 July 2021 to meet all necessary conditions to be eligible to receive the top-up. 


Eligibility criteria for this scheme are at the discretion of local councils. However, the government encourages councils to support: 

  • businesses from all sectors that may have been severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID-19 but are not eligible for the Restart Grants, including those which do not pay business rates
  • businesses from sectors that remain closed or severely impacted by the extended restrictions, even if these businesses have already received Restart Grants. This could include the following:

    • travel and tourism sector (including group travel, travel agents and tour
    • wedding industries
    • nightclubs
    • theatres
    • events industries
    • wholesalers
    • English language schools
    • breweries
    • freelance and mobile businesses including caterers, events, hair, beauty and wedding-related businesses

How much funding will be provided to businesses?

The amount of funding provided under the ARG grant scheme will be determined by local councils  

How to apply?

To apply for the grant, businesses should visit their local council’s website

2. Restart Grant (RG) scheme - closed on 30 June

These one-off restart grants will help businesses emerge from lockdown and safely relaunch trading over the coming months.


  • To be eligible, businesses must have been trading on 1 April 2021. 
  • The one-off grants will only be provided to businesses on the ratings list 
  • Eligibility will be defined by sector. Larger grants will be available for those sectors that open later under the roadmap or that are more impacted by restrictions when they do open.

For further information on eligibility, please visit the government website

How much funding will be provided to businesses?

Strand One

For non-essential retail:

  • £2,667 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under 
  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000 
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over

Strand Two 

For hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses:

  • £8,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £12,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £18,000 for businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over

Key points to consider

  • Businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible hereditament. This means that some businesses may receive more than one grant where they have more than one eligible hereditament.
  • If a business operates services that could be considered non-essential and also fall into another category, such as hospitality their main service will determine which threshold of funding they receive. Businesses will need to declare their main service. This can be determined by assessing which category constitutes 50% or more of their overall business. 
  • Applications for this scheme will close on 30 June 2021.

How to apply? 

Businesses can apply for the grant through their local council’s website.

To see which grants are available in your area and to apply, please click on your Local Authority below. 



·        Bolton Council – Grants


·        Bury Council – Grants


·        Manchester City Council – Grants


·        Oldham Council – Grants


·        Rochdale Council – Grants


·        Salford Council – Grants 


·        Stockport Council – Financial support schemes


·        Tameside Council – Grants 


·        Trafford Council – Additional Restrictions Grants for taxi drivers 


·        Wigan Council – Grants 


Please note that phishing emails seeking to target those eligible for the extended business support grants have been reported. Guidance on recognising phishing emails and texts has been published by the government and additional resources are available through our dedicated Cyber crime awareness during the Coronavirus outbreak page. 


More information is available on the UK Government’s Coronavirus Business Support website. For more personalised advice call us on: 0161 237 4128 or email us at: 


The information provided is meant as a general guide only rather than advice or assurance. GC Business Growth Hub does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information and professional guidance should be sought on all aspects of business planning and responses to the coronavirus. Use of this guide and toolkit are entirely at the risk of the user. Any hyperlinks from this document are to external resources not connected to the GC Business Growth Hub and The Growth Company is not responsible for the content within any hyperlinked site.

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