• Additional Restrictions Grant Phase 3 Full Guidance

    Information on eligibility, amounts of funding available and other terms and conditions of application to phase 3 of Bury Council Additional Restrictions Grant.

Please read this guidance to check your eligibility before you apply.

This guidance can be sent to you as a PDF upon request.

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Introduction

This guidance is intended to support Bury businesses applying to the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), Phase 3.

This guidance sets out the criteria under which businesses will qualify for the grant fund and the evidence required to support an application. The scheme is aligned with the Government guidance issued on 14 October 2020.

This is an additional fund to the Restart Grant. Bury Council - Restart Grant

Under phase 3 there are multiple funding streams available to businesses. Businesses can apply for as many funding streams as they are eligible for.

Most funding streams are focused on those businesses with ongoing costs for a business premise, who do not meet the eligibility criteria for Restart Grant.


Exclusions to Additional Restrictions Grant funding

Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted levels of subsidy will not be eligible to receive funding.

For the avoidance of doubt, businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

ARG funding is not designed to provide wage support.

In some cases, ARG is not available to those businesses that are eligible for or received the Restart Grant.


Important Eligibility Information

For the purposes of this grant scheme, a business is trading if it is engaged in business activity. This is interpreted as carrying on a trade or profession or buying and selling goods or services to generate turnover.

Indicators that a business is trading are:

  • The business has staff on furlough
  • The business continues to trade online, via click and collect services etc.
  • The business is not in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking of notice or under notice
  • The business is engaged in business activity, managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning and implementing COVID-safe measures.

Exclusions 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.
  • Have chosen to close but are not required to (unless substantial COVID-related reasons are presented for consideration)
  • Businesses whose ongoing non-domestic property related costs are very low, and their tenancy status is not fixed, where for example they rent a room, workspace or a desk for a limited number of days / hours per week, or they rent desk spaces in more than one local authority area.
  • Businesses that use premises for the sole purpose of having a registered business address.
  • Businesses that are part of a national chain

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.

Bury Council's approach  

To ensure as many eligible businesses as possible can apply for the scheme, the Council will administer a phased approach to the grant allocation.

The Council will assess and quantify the level of demand for funding from businesses that fall within the priority areas.

The Council will reassess and make changes to the grant scheme if necessary, based upon the Government Recovery Plan.

Each funding option detailed below will result in a single payment. There are no longer any funding options that provide continued support.

The Council may offer future phases of grant funding and further information about this will be made available at the appropriate time.

The Council reserves the right to vary the terms of the scheme at any time, and without notice, should it be necessary to do so.

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Phase 3 - Bury B-Ready

Category A - Safe Reopening Fund

This fund will be available to small and medium sized businesses, in Bury, that have suffered the most from the tier systems and national lockdown. For clarity, eligible businesses for this fund will be those with less than 50 employees. The Council reserves the right to have some discretion should the organisation have more than 50 employees.

The fund will primarily focus on the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors or businesses that are within the supply chain, or that are impacted by the closure of these sectors.

The fund will support businesses that operate from commercial premises and is intended to assist businesses with the following types of support.

  • Purchasing new stock;
  • Deep cleaning of premises;
  • Purchase of PPE and signage;
  • Covid-safe seating areas;
  • Temperature testing for customers;
  • Front of house entry monitoring;
  • Marketing and publicity; and
  • Separation screens.

The fund will be open to those who have not received Local Restrictions Support Grant as well as those that have not been eligible for LRSG or Restart Grant.

The formula for the allocation of funding is set out below and is aligned to payments made under the Restart Fund:

Safe Reopening Funding
Rateable Value (or rent/lease equivalent)Grant Amount
< £15,000£8,000
£15,000.01-£51,000£12,000
> £51,000.01£18,000

Businesses are required to provide evidence of financial impact for their business as a direct result of Covid restrictions. The business must be Bury based and not be part of a multi-national or international organisation unless there is evidence that, without support, local jobs will be at risk. Businesses must also declare any other grant awards received by the company (or its parent company or subsidiaries in the UK).

All applications must also be accompanied by a self-declaration from the business that they will utilise any allocation to meet their safe reopening requirements.

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Category B - Recovery Expertise Fund

This fund is designed to support small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) to purchase specialist support to build resilience into their business model and support survival and growth. For clarity, a SME for the purpose of this fund is fewer than 250 employees.

This fund is open to businesses trading from commercial premises, that have received Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) and those businesses trading from commercial premises that have not been eligible for the LRSG that have been impacted by the closure of retail, hospitality, and leisure.

This fund is a response to the fact that organisations may have been adversely impacted because the pandemic demonstrated demand to add value to business models, such as:

  • Little or no online presence;
  • Little or no marketing expertise;
  • Lack of digital skills within the organisation;
  • Little or no Human Resources expertise within the business;
  • Little or no access to compliance and regulatory advice;
  • Inability to receive contactless payments; and
  • Little or no cyber security measures in place.

Under this fund, businesses will be able to apply for a maximum of £5,000 per organisation. Bury Council will provide a list of businesses able to provide the above services. Funds will be paid upon the supply of invoice/receipt for work to be undertaken/completed.

Successful applicants will have up to a maximum of three months to supply invoice/receipt for work, otherwise commitment to support may be withdrawn.

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Category C - Town and District Centre Independent Retail Support Grant

This fund is designed to support independent retailers in the Borough's town and district centres that have been financially impacted due to a reduction in footfall as a direct result of Covid restrictions. The fund will be for those businesses that have a rateable value but were not mandated to close under COVID restrictions.

To find out if your business is within a town centre boundary, please use this link and put your premises postcode into the search bar that appears on the page

Eligible businesses for this fund will be those with less than 50 employees. Bury Council reserves the right to have some discretion should the organisation have more than 50 employees and that they can demonstrate financial impact.

The formula for the allocation of funding is set out below:

Town and District Centre Independent Retail Support Grant funding
Rateable Value (or rent/lease equivalent)Grant Amount
< £15,000£8,000
£15,000.01-£51,000£12,000
> £51,000.01£18,000

This fund will be allocated on a first come first allocated basis, although Bury Council may review the fund and make strategic decisions if demand outstrips the funding envelope allocated to it.

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Category D - Tourism and Culture Fund

This fund will support businesses/organisations in the Borough, that employ between 5 and 50 people, that are important in attracting visitors and footfall and which are key to our town centre recovery plans.

Eligibility for assistance from the Tourism and Culture Fund will be based upon the ability to demonstrate a loss of income from ticket sales and/or entrance fees because of having been forcibly closed due to Covid restrictions.

Grants will be paid up to a maximum of £25k per business/organisation and will be based on the following funding formula:

Tourism and Culture funding
Rateable Value (or rent/lease equivalent)Grant amount
< £15,000£10,000
£15,000.01-£51,000£15,000
> £51,000.01£25,000

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Category E - Community Facilities, Social Enterprises and Charitable Organisations Fund

This fund is intended to support community centres, social clubs and charitable organisations that have not been able to access LRSG but can demonstrate financial impact due to Covid restrictions, including:

  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief, which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates relief;
  • Community Centres that support development activity and have lost revenue due to COVID restrictions;
  • Social Clubs, that are an integral part of the community, who have a proven loss of revenue; and
  • Social Enterprises that can demonstrate financial impact.

The fund excludes all charity shops which are part of an organisation with excess of 50 employees.

Applications for assistance from this fund must clearly demonstrate financial impact due to Covid restrictions and funding would be awarded based on the following formula:

Community Facilities, Social Enterprises and Charitable Organisations funding
Rateable Value (or rent/lease equivalent)Grant amount
< £15,000£4,000
£15,000.01-£51,000£6,000
> £51,000.01£9,000

The Council will review the fund and make strategic decisions if demand outstrips the funding allocated to it.

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Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG)

Check your eligibility and find out how to apply:

LRSG Info page

  • Payments to businesses forced to close due to local/national restrictions
  • Payments to businesses open but, severely impacted due to local restrictions

 Evidence Required  

For the application to be considered, we require businesses to demonstrate that they meet the eligibility criteria.

You will need to provide:

Confirmation of the number of employees based at your Bury premises

Proof of Business Rates account or: lease, rental or business mortgage agreement to evidence fixed property costs if the trading business has no business rates liability.

Your most recent business bank statement. In addition, we may ask you for historic bank account statements to understand the impact Covid-19 restrictions have had on your business.

We may require passport or driving license as proof of identity.


Subsidy Control (formerly referred to as State Aid)

Any award under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework must comply with the previous 'State Aid limits' on the amount of grant or relief that can be awarded to a company. Before making an application for the business grant scheme, please read the Subsidy Control page. It is your company's responsibility to check that it is eligible, and by the submission of an application you are declaring that if awarded payment that you will not exceed the relevant State Aid permitted thresholds. You may need to supply further evidence to demonstrate this and declare you understand and comply with the respective conditions.

Subsidy Control Page


Timeline for the grant scheme  

Applications will be accepted from Tuesday, 6 April 2021.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 23 April 2021.

Payments will be allocated as soon as practical once due diligence has been completed and all the required information has been received from the applicant.

As with previous phases of the scheme, we are expecting a high volume of applicants. For this reason, we will not respond to any individual requests for updates within 3 weeks of an application being submitted.


Process

Applications for the grant can be made online via the Bury Means Business website and a link will also be available from the Bury Council website.

Payments will be made directly to the approved recipient's bank account by electronic transfer.

Please note that Bury Council subscribes to the Government Spotlight tool which undertakes due diligence checks to protect the public purse and quickly identify potential fraudulent applications. In addition, Bury Council also undertakes internal due diligence processes.

We have designed a scheme which is fully compliant with the guidance provided by National Government.

The process will include a declaration by the applicant that confirms that the application is compliant with Subsidy Control and has been awarded based on information being provided by the business.

The Council can only work within the limits of the available funding and once this resource is fully spent, the scheme will be closed.


Other information  

Tax

The Additional Restrictions Grant fund will be subject to tax and the grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.

Only businesses which make an overall profit, once grant income is included, will be subject to tax.

Payments after 6 April 2021 will fall into the 2021/22 tax year. Unincorporated businesses will be taxed when they receive the grant income.

Fraud and payments in error

The Government and Bury Council will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be recovered, as may any grants paid in error.

The Council does not accept any liability for any issues that may arise for businesses because of applying for, receiving, or not receiving grant payments under this scheme.


Enquiries - Please read this section

To avoid answering multiple telephone calls the team will only accept email enquiries.

We understand that business owners would like a speedy allocation of eligible grant. Please be aware that we are required to undertake a due diligence process, to protect the public purse.

Repeated enquires take a considerable amount of officer time which distracts from the focus of getting grants out quickly. Not providing the information requested also delays a speedy allocation of grant.

Enquiries about the scheme can be emailed to investin@bury.gov.uk.

Enquiries about your application should be sent to argrant@bury.gov.uk with your application reference and business name in the email subject.

As with previous phases of the scheme, we are expecting a high volume of applicants. For this reason, we will not respond to any individual requests for updates within 3 weeks of an application being submitted.

Please be patient when waiting for a response.

Please do not call the contact centre on this occasion.

The Government guidance gives the Council discretion over the grant scheme, and its decisions regarding the scheme will be final. There is no appeals process for this grant scheme.