• Additional Restrictions Grant

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    Information and documentation for Bury Council Additional Restrictions Grant. Find out if your business is eligible and make an application.

Page updated 22 January 2021.

Bury Council Additional Restrictions Grant Phase 2

This grant scheme has a guidance document associated with it. Please read the guidance document before applying.

Who can apply?

To apply you must:

  • Be based in the borough of Bury
  • Be able to demonstrate that they were trading on the day before the date they wish to claim from
  • Be able to demonstrate that there are fixed, ongoing costs in relation to the business, such as property costs or asset/service costs
  • Be able to demonstrate their main service was legally required to close or, that they have been severely impacted as a result of local/national restrictions

In addition, your business must apply under one of the following categories:

  1. Bury or Radcliffe Market Trader
  2. Phase 1 priority business with non-domestic premises
  3. Strategic business support fund
  4. Key sector employer support fund
  5. Small and micro business support fund

Who cannot apply?

There are some exclusions which may affect your application.


You cannot get funding if:

  • your business is in administration, insolvent or has been struck off the Companies House register
  • you have exceeded the permitted state aid threshold

For Bury Council's scheme

The following local exclusions apply:

  • Able to trade because they can operate their service remotely or online and cannot evidence severe impact
  • With the exception of Events Sector businesses and businesses legally required to close, all other applicants will be excluded from receiving "closed" payments
  • Businesses that do not have fixed, ongoing business related costs.
  • Businesses that use premises for the sole purpose of having a registered business address.
  • Businesses that are part of a national chain unless there is evidence that without support local jobs will be at risk and a declaration of any other grant awards received by the company (or its parent company or subsidiaries in the UK)
  • Bed and breakfasts in the borough that have been paid to accommodate vulnerable groups or homeless people during this period (on the basis that they will not have seen a reduction in income).

In addition a grant will not be paid to the following:

  • A political office
  • An organisation found not to be adhering to the requirements of Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984.

What will I need to apply?

All businesses, no matter what category they apply under, must provide proof of the impact coronavirus restrictions have had and proof of the fixed, ongoing costs that are essential to their business.

This means you will need bank account statements and any documents such as lease agreements or rental contracts to hand when you complete the application form.

More information on what is acceptable is in our guidance.

Further explanation of application categories 2, 3 and 4

Category 2: Phase 1 priority business with non-domestic premises

Under phase 1, businesses who occupied a business premise could apply for support if they were:

  • Organisations that service the Events sector that have not been mandated to close but can demonstrate severe impact;
  • Organisations whose main service is supplying businesses legally required to close in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector and have been severely impacted by restrictions put in place to control the spread of Covid-19.
  • Childcare organisations within commercial settings that have not been mandated to close but can demonstrate severe impact

If you pay your own business rates, you may be eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant. Please checked your eligibility and applied for this support before applying for the Additional Restrictions Grant

Local Restrictions Support Grant

Category 3: Strategic business support fund

This is a fund targeted at Bury businesses who trade in sectors which are driven primarily by either national or international markets and are severely impacted by restrictions. This is economic activity which if it were to be lost would represent a permanent loss of productive capacity within the Bury economy. These could be businesses in manufacturing or production sectors, or businesses which can demonstrate their principal income is not derived through the local economy.

The business must be located in Bury and not be part of a multi-national or international organisation unless there is evidence that without support local jobs will be at risk and a declaration of any other grant awards received by the company (or its parent company or subsidiaries in the UK)

Category 4: Key sector employer support fund

This is a fund is targeted at businesses that are critical to retaining the employment base of the Borough. This is a top up fund allocated to those businesses who may have received support through the LRSG (closed) scheme.

Priority for this fund is based on published key sectors that are crucial to the Bury economy and employ a significant number of employees. Businesses must directly employ more than 10 employees.

  • Manufacturing
  • Logistics
  • Creative and Digital
  • Business Financial and Professional Services

A full explanation is available in our guidance document.

I am ready to apply

As part of the application process, you must declare that you have read and understood our guidance document. pdf icon Read Additional Restrictions Grant Guidance [212kb]

This guidance document will help you to complete the application form. It may be useful to keep it open in another tab/window.

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If your enquiry is about the scheme generally, email investin@bury.gov.uk.

If you enquiry is about your application, email argrant@bury.gov.uk with your application reference and business name in the email subject.

We are expecting a high volume of applicants. For this reason, we will not respond to any individual requests for updates within 2 weeks of an application being submitted.

Please be aware that multiple enquiries prevent a quick turnaround of processed applications.

Please be patient when waiting for a response.

What if I don't know which grant to apply for?

Bury Council is currently offering support grants from two different funds. The Local Restrictions Support Grant will support business rates paying businesses who are legally required to close. It may also support businesses that have remained open but, who have been severely affected by local restrictions.

The Additional Restrictions Grant will support some businesses who are not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant.

If you are not sure which grant to apply for, you can use this form to help find the right support for your business:

Launch Business grant support finder form.

What if I'm not eligible for either scheme?

If you are not eligible for either scheme, our partners at Growth Company Business Growth Hub are #HereForBusiness

Visit their site, or give them a call for a more personal and detailed discussion about what support may be available for your business

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We will continue to keep the Additional Restrictions Grant under review. When changes occur to government guidance or changes occur to Local COVID Alert Levels we will exercise our discretion to make changes accordingly. We will continue to lobby Government for wider business support.

Government Guidance

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) supports businesses that are not covered by other grant schemes or where additional funding is needed.

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) provides local councils with grant funding to support closed businesses that do not directly pay business rates as well as businesses that do not have to close but which are impacted.

Local councils have the freedom to determine the eligibility criteria for these grants.

Businesses excluded from the scheme

You cannot get funding if:

  • your business is in administration, insolvent or has been struck off the Companies House register
  • you have exceeded the permitted state aid threshold

You must notify your local council if your situation changes and you no longer meet the eligibility criteria. For example, you become insolvent.

The Government has given discretion to local councils to deliver this fund. Government guidance is available however, while this guidance has influenced Bury Council's scheme, there will be some key local exclusions from the outset.

See Gov.uk - Check if you're eligible for the coronavirus Additional Restrictions Grant.

Bury Council will keep this scheme under constant review. As changes to government guidance occur and as changes to Local COVID Alert Levels occur, we will use our discretion to make changes to this scheme accordingly.