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Coronavirus (Covid-19) business support grants

Updates

Gosport's Additional Restrictions Grant Funding Opportunities - Additional Restrictions Grant - Autumn/Winter 2021/22 (£2,400 to £18,000) application window now open.

Gosport's Additional Restrictions Grant Funding Opportunities - Additional Restrictions Grant Spring/Summer 2021 (£2,400 to £18,000) and ARG Recovery Grant (£1,000 to £5,000) round 2 application window now open.

Please check back regularly on our website and follow our social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook for updates on future funding opportunities.

The Business Grants and Support section also has information about the other financial assistance and support available to local businesses.

  • Additional Restrictions Grant scheme
    • Gosport's Additional Restrictions Grant - Spring/Summer 2021 and Additional Restrictions Grant - Autumn/Winter 2021/22 are extensions of its previous Additional Restrictions Grant scheme offering grants from £2,400 to £18,000; and the ARG Recovery Grant is a supplementary grant of £1,000 to £5,000 to assist businesses to recover, grow and add resilience.
      • The Round 2 application window is open to those that have not previously applied for either the Additional Restrictions - Grant Spring/Summer 2021 that covers the period from April to September 2021, or the ARG Recovery Grant when the first round was openThe Additional Restrictions Grant - Autumn/Winter 2021/22 covers the period from October 2021 to March 2022.
    • The Additional Restrictions Grant is for businesses (both those in premises and those that are home based) that have been severely impacted by the pandemic restrictions i.e. can evidence a decrease in turnover of at least 33% and, as per government guidance, is designed to cover unavoidable fixed costs only. It is not a subsitute for wages or loss of income.
      • Grants will have an upper limit of £3,000 and a lower limit of £400 per 28 day period (or for restriction periods of less than 28 days e.g. those in November and December 2020).
    • The ARG Recovery Grant is for businesses (both those in premises and those that are home based) that have been severely impacted by the pandemic restrictions to help support them to restart, recover, add resilience and grow.
      • Grants from £1,000 to £5,000 are available to contribute towards eligible expenditure on professional services support and purchases of small items of IT hardware and software.
    • If you are asked for further supporting information or evidence after submitting an application please provide this as quickly as possible, as we will not be able to determine whether a grant is payable until after it is received.   

Government funded grants administered by Gosport Borough Council

Restriction periodGrant availableWho is it for?
1 April 2021 onwardsAdditional Restrictions Grant - Autumn/Winter 2021/22

Businesses severely impacted by the pandemic including non-business rates payers, home-based and regular market traders.

Application window open.

1 April 2021 onwardsARG Recovery Grant Round 2

ARG eligible businesses that did not apply for the ARG Recovery Grant when the first round was live.

ARG applicants that were not successful in previous rounds as a result of not meeting the turnover decline eligibility critieria.

Local Restrictions Support Grant recipient businesses that did not qualify for the Restart Grant.

Application window open.

1 April 2021 onwards

Additional Restrictions Grant - Spring/Summer 2021 Round 2 and ARG Recovery Grant Round 2

Businesses severely impacted by lockdown including non-business rates payers, home-based, regular market traders and taxi-drivers.

Application window open only to those that have not previously applied.

 

Additional Restrictions Grant - Spring/Summer 2021 Round 1; and the ARG Recovery Grant Round 1

Businesses severely impacted by lockdown including non-business rates payers, home-based, regular market traders and taxi-drivers. Applications are now closed. 


Additional Restrictions Grant - 5 November 2020 to 31 March 2021

Businesses severely impacted by lockdown including non-business rates payers, home-based, regular market traders and taxi-drivers. Applications are now closed. 


Restart Grant 

Businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors to assist them to reopen safely when the COVID-19 restrictions were lifted from 1 April 2021. Applications are now closed


Coronavirus (COVID-19) grant phishing email

There are currently e-mails in circulation claiming to be from from councils stating the grant payment will not be processed until the ratepayer clicks on a link in the e-mail to authorise the payment.   Gosport Borough Council will NOT send an e-mail asking any ratepayer to do this.  You can report suspicious e-mails here.

It has also come to our attention that there are firms offering to claim the grants for ratepayers for a fee. This is not necessary, you do not need to pay someone to do this for you.  Please contact us first before entering into a contract.

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