Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) Round 3 - now open

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is a discretionary grant scheme to help businesses severely impacted by local restrictions, but who were ineligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant / National Lockdown Grants.

Round 3 Applications close midnight Thursday 15 April 2021*

Open to businesses who have not applied for a discretionary grant since 1 Jan 2021*


*Round 2 recipients with eligible fixed costs have been awarded and paid a top-up grant based on their previous award.  Round 3 will be a short funding round to new claimants from 1 January 2021 only, to enable faster assessment and payment.  Round 2 grant recipients should refer to new guidance in mid-April for future funding.

Future funding of discretionary grants will be re-prioritised from mid-April to ensure complete distribution of Mendip's discretionary funds by 30 June 2021 in line with new Government guidance.  This will then allow the Council to receive a further top-up allocation to support businesses and economic recovery.

Previous guidance had stated discretionary funds allocated should be spent by 31 March 2022. 

Businesses who received a Local Restrictions Support Grant or are due to receive a Restart Grant will not be allowed to receive a discretionary grant in Round 3.   The majority of grant awards for businesses with fixed premises/lease/equipment costs will start from £3000 for the majority of claimants, to a maximum of £9000.

In certain instances where claimants cannot meet the required points threshold but is in an industry facing with severe impacts, a smaller grant may be awarded at the Council's discretion.

These grants will principally support medium, small and micro enterprises with fixed costs, such as rent, business rates, lease of vehicles or machinery.  This is aimed at non-rate paying businesses which have been legally required to close.   

Other businesses who have been severely impacted and can demonstrate losses may also apply, and applications are particularly encouraged from rate payers who mainly supply businesses legally required to close.

For further information on criteria for the award, please view Icon for pdf Mendip Additional Restrictions Grant - Criteria [85.78KB] 

Please note that grant funding issued based on false or misleading responses will be subject to claw back in line with Government guidance.

  • Only businesses that were trading prior to 1 April 2021 can apply.  Business are classed as trading even if staff are on furlough. 
  • Your business must be based and trade in Mendip

Businesses that are insolvent, in administration, or where a striking-off notice has been made cannot apply.

Any grant awarded under this scheme is to be treated and declared as income for taxation purposes and for any means-tested benefits you may be claiming.

You will need evidence to hand before submitting your application.  This will include the following:

  • Recent business bank statement, clearly showing all account details

One or more of the following:

  • Unique Taxpayer Reference Number
  • Companies House Number / VAT Registration
  • Companies Reference Number (CRN)
  • National Insurance Number (NI)
  • Self-Assessment/Partnership Number

You will also need to supply evidence of any fixed costs

E.g. copy of lease, other fixed costs such as commercial van/equipment lease/bills.  Insurance and utility costs will not be part of the evidence base

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