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Folkestone & Hythe Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

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).

The latest 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. Thank you for your interest.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible businesses are those that have been forced to close (but where companies have not been eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Scheme or the Restart Scheme due to commence 1 April 2021) or have been significantly impacted*and incur fixed monthly business costs**
  • Businesses are required to have a registered business address, residential address (in the case of sole traders/self employed) or have a presence in the Folkestone & Hythe district.
  • The business must have been actively trading*** on and before 4 November 2020, are not in administration, insolvent or be subject to a striking-off notice.
  • Grants will be paid subject to state aid regulations. 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.
  • Any grant income received by a business is taxable, but only businesses that make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

*Significantly impacted - a statement and figures will be required from the company to demonstrate that the impact of the national lockdown has been at least 25%.

** Fixed monthly 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, business loans, insurance, subscriptions, professional fees, phones, mobile and broadband, utilities, etc. Fixed costs do not include employee costs or costs for products and business supplies. 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.

Exclusions

The following businesses will not be eligible for a Folkestone & Hythe Additional Restrictions Grant:

  • 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 subject to a striking-off notice and/or were not actively trading on and before 4 November 2020.
  • Businesses that are eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (or Restart grant from April 2021) in either the national lockdown period and/or the Tier 3 and/or Tier 4 area restriction periods, will not normally also qualify for a Folkestone & Hythe Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).  However, this will be at the council's discretion, which will take into account the impact of national lockdown on the business and the significance of the business to the local economy.

Grant levels

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. For the November lockdown period this is as follows:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under: £1,334 grant
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k: £2,000 grant
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over: £3,000 grant

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 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.

For businesses awarded a grant for the November national lockdown period, further grants for the Tier 3 and Tier 4 restrictions periods and the January national lockdown period to 31 March 2021 will also be made available.

The funding for the Additional Restrictions Grant is provided by the government and so further funding in the future is subject to their decisions.

Appeals

Where a business disputes the decision made by the council, the appellant should send an email to economy@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk 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.

Application Process

The closing date for applications was 5pm on Friday 19 March 2021. We are not currently accepting new applications for this scheme.

Businesses applying for Additional Restrictions Grant funding will be required to provide the following supporting evidence in support of their application. This should be emailed separately to economy@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk following completion of the application form.

The following supporting evidence is required:

  • A copy of a bank statement from within the last three months that shows the business/applicant's name, and registered address. This should be for the same bank account for which details are provided on the application form
  • Evidence of payment of monthly business fixed costs for the November or January national lockdown period.  This can be in the form of itemised expenditures on a bank statement or invoices
  • Summary financial accounts for the latest available financial year. In the case of sole traders this should be a copy of  your last self-assessment tax form with your UTR name, address and UTR number shown

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:

  • Company or Charity Commission registration number or UTR self-assessment number
  • Total business income in the 2019/20 financial year (£)
  • Total business costs in the 2019/20 financial year (£)
  • Total business income that had been expected for the 5 November to 2 December 2020 period prior to lockdown (£)
  • Total business income that was received for the 5 November to 2 December 2020 period due to lockdown (£)
  • Total business costs and individual cost items incurred for the 5 November to 2 December 2020 period (£)

All enquiries about this grant funding and this policy should contact the Economic Development Team using the email address economy@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk

How to apply for Folkestone & Hythe Additional Restrictions Grant

Please note, the Folkestone & Hythe Additional Restrictions Grant scheme is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

If you have any enquiries about the scheme please email economy@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk  or call the economic development team on 01303 853287.


Please note: 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.

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