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Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

Back to Covid-19 business support grants overview.

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) provides local councils with grant funding to support:

  • Businesses that are required to close due to Tier 3 or national restrictions but which are non-rated i.e. have no business rates liability
  • Businesses (rated and non-rated) that did not have to close but are severely impacted by the Tier 3 or national restrictions
  • Businesses that are adversely impacted but not eligible for the Closed Business Lockdown Payment announced in January

Businesses required to close which are registered for business rates are not eligible for this scheme, as they are instead eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed) Scheme.

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is a discretionary scheme and each local authority has the freedom to decide what business grant schemes or other business support best fits their area, to support their local economy.

The Council has been allocated funding by Government of £3,795,377 which will be used as follows:

  • £1,937,277 for one-off discretionary grants to support eligible businesses impacted during the current and previous national lockdown period and while Tier 3 local restrictions were in place
  • £1,040,000 will be used to support businesses through a range of interventions both during and post the Covid-19 crisis
  • £48,100 will be utilised for exceptional hardship support or ‘special cases’
  • £770,000 will be retained to allow for any subsequent discretionary grant programme requirement before 31 March 2022

The Council reserves the right to vire amounts between each of the funds as necessary to either meet the demand of applications for grants or to support businesses through strategic Economic Development projects should any amount of grant funds remain.


Unless excluded, businesses are able to apply if sufficient evidence can be provided that they have been severely impacted by the restrictions in place. This includes non-excluded home-based and mobile businesses that can evidence they are registered with Companies House (if they are a limited company) or with HMRC (if they are self-employed or sole traders).

Government have made it clear that discretionary grants must not be used as a wage supplement, rather as a support to the business that the self-employed person runs. As such, ARG applicants whose businesses have not been required to close and can demonstrate significant impact, must also evidence significant fixed business costs. This will exclude any personal or domestic costs.

Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis and the Council considers significant impact to describe an evident drop in the business’ normal trading, income or service provision. It should be shown that this decreased level of trade is a direct consequence of the restrictions in place during these periods, and not as a result of more predictable (e.g. seasonal) fluctuations in demand.

To prevent overspend from the Council’s allocation of funding, applications will not be accepted from any business that is eligible for an award from the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Scheme or the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards scheme and the Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment.

Notwithstanding the above, there is provision for ‘special cases’ to be considered within the Council’s ARG policy for support from funding put aside for exceptional hardship where the loss of a business would be a significant impact to the economy of the district. Businesses within the Exeter district who are experiencing exceptional circumstances will be required to email the Council with specific justifications for support and full details of their case for full consideration by the Economic Development Team.

Awards will cover, where applicable, the current and previous national lockdown period and while Tier 3 local restrictions were in place, and include a Top-up Lockdown Payment. The Council will make payment as a single sum and reserve the right to amend the level of grant award. Any subsequent period of new national restrictions will require a new application for Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) from any business which would be required to satisfy what may be different eligibility criteria for that scheme. No automatic right of approval for any subsequent grant is implied or should be assumed of from the current scheme.

Ineligible businesses

The following businesses are not eligible for an award:

  • Businesses which can obtain a grant under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Scheme or Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards scheme
  • Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal State Aid/Subsidy limits, and
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made at the date of the local restriction or widespread national restriction.

In addition to the above, and to ensure limited funds are prioritised to those businesses most severely impacted, the following businesses and hereditaments are specifically excluded from the Council’s Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Scheme:

  • Any properties or parts of properties used for personal use
  • Charitable business receiving other help from public funds
  • Businesses whose primarily trade comprises:
    • Show homes
    • Car Parking
    • Storage containers; Containers; Storage premises
    • Yards, land or properties used for storage only
    • Advertising or advertising stations or hoardings;
    • Communication stations or telecommunication equipment
    • Solar panel sites
    • ATM’s, cash machines or equivalent
  • Schools/Academies/Educational establishments and premises (which are publicly funded)
  • Lockers or similar structures
  • Student accommodation
  • Second homes and any premises which the Council considers to be basically ‘home sharing’ or ‘home swapping’ and advertised solely online through ‘home sharing’ or equivalent websites, will not be eligible for this fund.


Award Levels


Lockdown 2 Nov 2020  (27 days) Max

*Tier 2 (29 days) Max

*Tier 2 (14 days) Max

Tier 3  (5 days) Max

**Lockdown 3 Jan 2021 (42 days) Max

**One-Off top-up

Jan 2021 Max


05/11/20 – 01/12/20

02/12/20 – 30/12/20

16/12/20 – 30/12/20

31/12/20 – 04/01/21

05/01/21 – 15/02/21









RV < or = £15k







RV > £15k but < £51k







RV = £51 k or >







*Only one Tier 2 amount is applicable dependent upon trading start date in 14 day cycle

**Jan Lockdown 3 and One-Off top up always paid in tandem


Subject to State Aid/Subsidy limits, businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible hereditament within the restriction area. So some businesses may receive more than one grant where they have more than one eligible hereditament.

This scheme will remain open until 31 March 2021 however the Council reserves the right to close the scheme earlier should the allocated funding be exhausted.

In all cases, businesses will be required to confirm that they are eligible to receive the grants. Businesses are under an obligation to notify the Council should they no longer meet the eligibility criteria for any additional grants.

Any queries regarding this scheme should be emailed to

See the website for Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) details.

Full details of the Additional Restrictions Grant grant scheme can be found in the Exeter City Council Additional Restrictions Grant Payment policy document.


Update 1 March 2021: We received limited funding for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) and due to the high volume of applications received this scheme has been temporarily closed. No further applications can be accepted at this time. Once all applications received have been assessed this scheme will be opened up again if funds allow.


Please note: We may share your personal data with other council services, other local authorities and government organisations to check the information provided in your application. We are administering these grants on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and your data will be shared with them for evaluation and research purposes. BEIS may contact you directly for research purposes.

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Last updated 1 March 2021