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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) phase 3

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 and the coronavirus restart grant for business.

Phase 3 applications are closed

Phase 3 applications for the lockdown period of 16 February to 31 March 2021 closed on 21 May.

Phase 2 applications for the lockdown period of 5 January to 15 February 2021 closed on 14 March.

Businesses that previously received an ARG payment had an automatic payment to cover April 1 to 11 April 2021. Phase 3 applicants will receive this payment in the week starting 31 May.

Phase 4

We are awaiting the next round of funding from government to launch phase 4 of the scheme. This phase will relate to the period 11 April to 17 May 2021.

Grant funding will be available to businesses who are still being severely impacted by the national restrictions and have been unable to claim from the Restart Grant scheme. You will need to apply for this phase, as eligibility criteria will differ from the earlier phases. Details of this phase will be available at the end of June.

We will email all recipients of previous phases of the Additional Restrictions Grant to notify them when applications open.


To qualify your business must meet all these points:

  • must be in the Dorset Council area
  • have been open before January 2021 national restrictions were in place
  • must have been required to close due to national restrictions that came into force on 5 January 2021
  • must not have a liability to pay business rates

Or your business:

  • may be eligible if it has remained open during the January 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)

The eligibility criteria for phase 2 and 3 includes businesses eligible for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

Exclusions to the ARG

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 2020
  • businesses that were in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice had been made at the date of the national restriction, 5 January 2021

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

Payments of ARG

Grants will be awarded for each 14-day period of lockdown based on the size of business determined by number of employees:

  • 0 to 9 employees will get £467
  • 10 to 49 employees will get £700
  • 50 to 249 employees will get £1,050

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

A grant to cover the 44 days from 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 will be paid in one instalment.

Tax in relation to the ARG

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.

Contact us about ARG

Contact us if you have any queries about this grant:

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