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Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG Discretionary)

This scheme is now closed.

The Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG Discretionary) scheme is now closed for applications. If you did not qualify for the original grant scheme, please read the details below carefully to see if you may qualify for the discretionary scheme.

No business type will be explicitly excluded from the scheme but, only those businesses which fit within the eight categories specified in the table below will be considered for a grant.

There is a detailed scoring mechanism to support the scheme which will identify what level of grant will be awarded. The table demonstrates the lowest and highest grants but other levels between these amounts can be granted depending on the scoring factors.

These factors include staff numbers, fixed costs etc.

This tranche of the scheme recognises that certain businesses were outside the scope of the previous round of grants. All will be evaluated in accordance with the scoring methodology and provision of sufficient evidence to enable a decision to be made.

Businesses eligible for the ARG Discretionary Scheme
Category Lowest Amount Highest Amount
Supplier or manufacturing to retail, hospitality and leisure industry or events businesses and suppliers or manufacturing there to £5,400 £15,000
Charities (not shops which are mandatorily closed) £400 £2,000
Other (businesses mandated to close, but without business rates) for example mobile hair dressers and beauticians £200 £2,000
Other - businesses with or without business rates, not mandated to close but severely affected £200 £1,000
Church halls which usually have a regular rental income - without business rates that have remained closed during lockdown (previously excluded) £200 £1,000
Businesses with a Rateable Value over £51K (to top up mandatory scheme cases only) £5,400 £15,000
Taxi drivers (self-employed) £500 £500
Market traders (without business rates - regularly trading in Stevenage) £500 £500

Discretionary Grant criteria

Main criteria

  • Available funding to be split into three 6 month tranches, with one month windows for applications.
  • Applications will be invited in a ‘one month window’ and funding distributed in accordance with the scoring methodology. If excess funding is available this may be redistributed over the applicants already awarded a grant, late applications invited or rolled over to the following tranche. If the trance is oversubscribed the outlined grant levels will be reduced proportionately.
  • Business will self certify the loss of income and proportion of business carried on by internet /take away trade. We reserve the right to investigate statements and to prosecute if fraud is found.
  • Grants may be reduced or refused where other government funding has been received.


  • All businesses must satisfy the core scheme criteria determined by Government.
  • Businesses outside the scope of localised restrictions, as defined by government and not subject to widespread national restrictions are not eligible.
  • Businesses that chose to close but not required to, will not be eligible.
  • Businesses that 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 are not eligible.
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made at the date of the widespread national restrictions are not eligible.
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