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See the latest information and advice in Exeter. We are closely monitoring the situation and working with the government and NHS, who are well prepared to deal with this virus.

Covid-19 business support grants overview

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The Government is providing support to businesses through a number of grant schemes administered by Exeter City Council.

See the full Government guidance.

Current schemes

  1. Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) a local discretionary scheme to provide wider business support during the financial years 2020-21 and 2021-22. This scheme will now also be used to support businesses that are adversely impacted but not eligible under the LRSG (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards or the Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment. This scheme is now closed.
  2. LRSG - Closed Addendum: 5 January onwards for the period of national lockdown from 5 January 2021 for businesses with a business rates liability who are mandated to close. A grant payment covering the period 16 February to 31 March 2021 is still open for applications. To apply, please use our LSRG - Closed Addendum: 5 January onwards form. This scheme will close to applications on 31 May 2021.  
  3. Restart Grant On 3 March 2021, Government announced the introduction of grant support for non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses in England. This support will take the form of a one-off grant funding scheme in Financial Year 2021-2022. The scheme is called the Restart Grant. We are working as quickly as we can to open the application process for eligible business in Exeter to claim. We will update this page when it is open.

The Government guidance for the Restart Grant gives full details about the scheme, the award amounts and the businesses that are eligible to claim this grant.

There are two strands contained within the Restart Grant:

Strand One: up to £6,000 per hereditament for Non-essential retail

A non-essential retail business can be defined as a business that is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services by the public, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public.

Strand Two: up to £18,000 per hereditament for Hospitality

A hospitality business can be defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.

When this content has been updated

Last updated 9 April 2021