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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

We are awaiting further details from government about how we can help businesses during this new period of National Lockdown. As soon as we receive more information we will update this page and share via our newsletter for businesses and social channels.

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is for businesses that are required to close under the imposed coronavirus restrictions that do not qualify for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum.

The current round of funding relates to the restrictions in place For Dorset, between 5 November and 2 December 2020.


To qualify, your business:

  • must have been open before the November national restrictions, and 
  • must have been required to close due to national restrictions that came into force on 5 November 2020, and
  • must not have a liability to pay business rates, or
  • may be eligible if it has remained open during the national restrictions but has been significantly impacted and suffered a severe loss of income directly as a result of the national restrictions (severe loss is defined as 50% or more, compared to your usual or forecasted income for this time of year)

Read the Additional Restrictions Grant policy for more information.


The following businesses are not eligible for this grant:

  • businesses in areas outside the scope of localised restrictions, as defined by government and not subject to a widespread national restriction
  • businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to
  • second homes
  • landlords of properties where they are not occupying them directly themselves for trading business purposes
  • 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
  • businesses that have received a Local Restrictions Support Grant in relation to the national restrictions commencing on 5 November (further support may be available in phase 2 of the ARG)
  • businesses which are eligible for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (self-employed not eligible for the SEISS are eligible for an ARG towards fixed business costs but this cannot be used as a wage supplement)
  • businesses that were in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice had been made at the at the date of the national restriction (5 November 2020)

If you have more than one business at the same address or premises, you will only be eligible for one grant.


Before you apply, make sure you have read the eligibility criteria and believe that your business qualifies for this grant.


Eligible businesses will be paid a single fixed amount to cover a 4 week period. Grants will be awarded based on size of business, by number of employees:

  • 0 to 9 employees will get £934
  • 10 to 49 employees will get £1400
  • 50 to 249 employees will get £2100

We will consider businesses with more than 250 employees in exceptional cases. Contact us to discuss if this applies to your business.


Any grant income your business receives is taxable. You must include the ARG as income on your tax return. You’ll only pay tax if your business makes an overall profit once grant income is included.

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