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Additional Restrictions Discretionary Grant (ARG) is open
Applications from 23rd November 2020 to 13th December 2020

The application process for the Additional Restrictions Grant is now open;

It is important that all applicants read the guidelines before completing their application.

All applications must be made online at www.grantapproval.co.uk. No other form of application will be considered.

The Government has confirmed additional COVID19 emergency funding to Mid Sussex District Council for a Local Authority Additional Restriction Support Grants programme.

The funding is aimed at supporting any business which has been subjected to restricted business due to lockdown closures. The government guidelines are at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-restrictions-support-grants-lrsg-and-additional-restrictions-grant-arg-guidance-for-local-authorities

All the Local Authorities in West Sussex have agreed a consistent set of guidelines for this grant.  This is available at:

West Sussex ARG Discretionary Grant Scheme

Mid Sussex DC reserve the right to review the scheme criteria (or extend funding windows) to ensure that financial support is going to those most in need, as well as prioritise help to businesses and organisations who provide employment and support to local communities within the area and intend to continue to trade and operate in the local area.

The local Guidelines are:

Summary of eligibility criteria

  • An applicant can apply despite receiving other grants although this may be considered in any award decision.
  • An applicant must be a business trading successfully on or before 5th November 2020
  • An applicant must be either required to close or are severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID19 (e.g. businesses which supply the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors, or businesses in the events sector, markets, shared workspaces etc.)
  • A business operating as a B&B may apply, however this excludes Air BnB
  • Any business operating must be operating within the boundaries of Mid Sussex and apply to Mid Sussex District Council.
  • Any business with business rates arrears owed to any West Sussex Council may be stopped from receiving an Additional Restriction Grant, although they may be given an opportunity to bring their accounts up to date.
  • Businesses in administration or which are insolvent are not eligible to apply, neither are businesses where a “striking off” notice has been made.
  • Businesses must provide relevant documentary evidence to support their application, as set out in the online form.
  • Where a business is run from a private home they will be able to receive a grant provided they meet the criteria
  • Any grant award is subject to due diligence checks, including State Aid compliance.

Timings and process for awarding grants

  • Applications will be accepted from the 23rd November 2020 to the 13th December 2020
  • Mid Sussex DC Revenues team will check applications (in collaboration with the Economic Development and the Communities Team) for eligibility and evaluate applications then shortlist businesses recommended for a grant
  • Mid Sussex DC Revenues team will review and assess the appropriate category based on unavoidable business related fixed costs and will estimate the equivalent rateable value of the premises that the business is operating from, if this is not available (Mid Sussex District Council reserves the right to change the criteria for the grant you apply for)
  • Exceptional circumstances grants will be subject to additional review and need to meet all the criteria
  • Mid Sussex DC Revenues team will carry out due diligence checks on the shortlisted applicants
  • Delegated named senior officers will make the grant awards, referring to Executive Members where appropriate. The Council will email them the outcome, either with a remittance advice or by email advising of the outcome
  • Subject to the above, Mid Sussex DC Finance team will then process grant payments as quickly as possible to successful applicants
  • There is no formal right of appeal however an applicant may request a review by another independent Senior Officer

For any enquiries please email the businesssupport@midsussex.gov.uk

We expect demand to be high, so urge local businesses to submit their applications as soon as possible.

The grant levels and specific eligibility criteria are presented below.

Category

Grant Amount

  • Eligible mobile sole trader (eg taxi driver) unable to trade (or severe loss of income due to COVID19) or local business with West Sussex registered trading address, trading on or before 5th November 2020 (or subsequent date)
  • At least £250 in rent or flexible licence fee per calendar month. / Eligible market trader, unable to trade (or severe loss of income) with ongoing costs.

Up to £250 per 28-day qualifying restriction period (or pro rata per any further 14-day qualifying restriction period).

  • Eligible market trader unable to trade or local business with West Sussex* registered trading address, trading on or before 5th November 2020 (or subsequent date)
  • At least £250 in rent or flexible licence fee per calendar month. / Eligible market trader, unable to trade with ongoing costs.

Up to £500 per 28-day qualifying restriction period (or pro rata per any further 14-day qualifying restriction period).

  • Businesses occupying a commercial property on the local authority ratings list, with a Rateable Value of £15,000 or less
  • Where there is no Rateable Value, then businesses paying rent of £15,000 per annum (£1,250 per month) or less
  • If no Rateable Value or rent, then the local authority may estimate the rateable value or rent of the property where the business is based, or take into account other business related fixed costs in the name of the business, with a value of £15,000 or less per annum

Up to £1,334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period (or pro rata per any further 14-day qualifying restriction period)

  • Businesses occupying a commercial property on the local authority ratings list, with a Rateable Value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000
  • Where there is no Rateable Value, then businesses paying rent of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 per annum
  • If no Rateable Value or rent, then the local authority may estimate the rateable value or rent of the property where the business is based, or take into account other business related fixed costs in the name of the business with a value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 per annum

Up to £2,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period (or pro rata per any further 14-day qualifying restriction period)

  • Businesses occupying a commercial property on the local authority ratings list, with a Rateable Value of over £51,000 or above
  • Where there is no Rateable Value, then businesses paying rent of £51,000 or above per annum
  • If no Rateable Value or rent, then the local authority may estimate the rateable value or rent of the property where the business is based, or take into account other business related fixed costs in the name of the business with a value of over £51,000 per annum

Up to £3,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period (or pro rata per any further 14-day qualifying restriction period).

  • In exceptional circumstances any local authority in West Sussex may pay above the maximum amounts outlined in the above boxes.
  • This is at the discretion of the individual Local Authority.
  • Exceptional circumstances is not defined but need to meet as a minimum 2 conditions – severe loss of income and closure. 

Up to £10,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period (or pro rata per any further 14-day qualifying restriction period).