This grant scheme is fully funded by central government and the funds will be administered by Folkestone & Hythe District Council in accordance with the guidance issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
This guidance can be read by clicking here.
Applications for this grant can be made either for the period of national lockdown from 5 November to 2 December 2020 and/or for subsequent periods of Tier 3 and Tier 4 restrictions from 2 December 2020 and for the national lockdown from 5 January 2021.
Please note, the Folkestone & Hythe Additional Restrictions Grant scheme is now closed to new applicants.
*Significantly impacted - a statement and figures will be required from the company to demonstrate that the impact of the national lockdown will have at least a 25% impact.
** Fixed business costs - these are 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, utilities, etc. Fixed costs do not include employee costs. Fixed business costs need to account for at least 30% of the appropriate grant award for the business to be eligible for a grant.
***Trading - a business that is clearly operating from an address within the district.
The following businesses will not be eligible for a Folkestone & Hythe Additional Restrictions Grant:
An eligible business will normally receive a single grant award under this scheme. However, this will be at the council's discretion. This decision will take into account the impact of national lockdown on the business and the significance of the business to the local economy, in terms of the number of jobs and the level of business turnover.
The grant awards for the Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) scheme for Folkestone and Hythe district will be similar to the Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme:
Where a business is not located in business rated property and occupies shared business premises or is residence-based, reference will be made to the size of the business (number of employees and annual turnover in 2019/20 financial year) and the financial impact on turnover during National Lockdown in determining the level of grant awarded.
In exceptional circumstances a higher level of grant and/or more than one grant may be awarded at the discretion of the council which, in making its decision, will take into account the size of the business, the importance of the business to the local economy and the severity of the impact of the national COVID lockdown period on the business.
The funding provided by government for the Additional Restrictions Grant is one off funding so no further funding will be available for the Folkestone & Hythe ARG scheme once this funding is allocated.
Where a business disputes the decision made by the council, the appellant should send an email to email@example.com requesting an appeal within one week of receiving a decision notification. Appeals should include a statement and supporting evidence.
The application and appeal documents will be considered by the council's Director of Place, who will make a final decision in consultation with the leader of the council. The appellant will subsequently be notified of the outcome of their appeal.
The closing date for applications is Sunday 31 January 2021.
Businesses applying for ARG (Discretionary) funding will be required to provide the following supporting evidence that should be emailed separately to firstname.lastname@example.org following completion of the application form:
Please note that the following details will be required for the application form. It is suggested that this information is prepared ahead of starting to complete the application form:
All enquiries about this grant funding and this policy should contact the Economic Development Team using the email address email@example.com
How to apply for Folkestone & Hythe Additional Restrictions Grant
The Folkestone & Hythe Additional Restrictions Grant scheme is now closed to new applicants.
If you have any enquiries about the scheme please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the economic development team on 01303 853287.
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy will be given access to the data you provide, and store and process it securely for monitoring and evaluation purposes only.
This includes, but is not limited to, follow up evaluation surveys relating to the business support grant schemes.