Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Support Grant Schemes


The Government has announced additional funding for businesses affected by COVID-19. For details of each of the schemes please see below.

COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

The government has provided local authorities with funds to provide business rates relief for those businesses impacted by COVID-19, but who are not eligible for the existing relief schemes such as the Extended Retail Discount and Nursery Relief schemes.

An application process is required for this scheme and we will provide further details on how to apply for this relief shortly.

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Additional grant funding of up to £6,000 has been made available for businesses in the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sectors.

This scheme is now live and applications can be made online.

Please note: That a new application is required even if you have previously received a grant payment from us under one of the previous schemes.

The primary principle of the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme is to support businesses that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors. Businesses must have been trading on 30 December 2021 and be liable for business rates.

The application closure date has been extended until the end of 18 March 2022. Please ensure all requested evidence is provided with your application.

You can find further details of the scheme on, including an eligibility check.

If your business has been affected by Omicron but does not meet the criteria of this scheme you may be eligible for support under the Additional Restrictions (Discretionary) grant fund; please see below for further details.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

Further funding has been available under the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme to support businesses affected by Omicron.

This is a discretionary scheme and a local policy for determining eligibility will be updated here once approved. Applications will open for this scheme once this is published. Funding for this scheme is very limited and once allocated no further awards can be made.

Businesses that have already received support under the previous ARG scheme can also apply for additional support but an application will be required whether or not you have previously claimed.