What is the Additional Restrictions Grant Extension?

The Additional Restrictions Grant Extension (ARGE) is a fixed sum of £2,000 which supports businesses that operate in Huntingdonshire and were open for business as usual before the second national lockdown restrictions came into force from 5 November – 2 December 2020.

Businesses must have experienced a significant loss of income (over 30%) directly related to/as a result of the national lockdown restrictions to be eligible.

All charities without a business rates number are eligible to apply for a grant. Charities do not have to demonstrate a significant loss of income.

Grant payments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis and will be dependent on a complete and validated application form.

The deadline for applications is 23:59 on Sunday 31 January 2021.

If the fund is fully allocated before 31 January we will update this page and will stop accepting applications. Any claims in progress that are not completed before the funding is fully allocated will be placed on hold (in date order of receipt) and may receive alternative funding if it becomes available.

Who can apply for the grant?

You should apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant Extension if you operate from premises:

  • that do not have a rateable value and have been required to close by law because of the national lockdown measures, for example if you pay rent to a ratepayer for a shared space, or

  • where you do not pay business rates and have not been forced to close due to the national restrictions, but your business has been adversely impacted because of the lockdown. For example, your business may form part of the supply chain for other businesses that have been forced to close. In this category your business will need to demonstrate reduced sales, revenue or income of 30% or more to qualify, or

  • where you pay business rates and have not been forced to close due to the national restrictions, but your business has been adversely impacted because of the lockdown. For example, your business may form part of the supply chain for other businesses that have been forced to close. In this category your business will need to demonstrate reduced sales, revenue or income of 30% or more to qualify.

Before you start your application, please make sure you have the following documents in electronic format:

  • A copy of your passport or driving licence showing your picture, full name and date of birth. If your photocard driving licence or your entitlement to drive expires between 1 February 2020 and 31 December 2020, you have an 11-month extension from the date of expiry. We will accept your driving licence if the expiry date falls within this period.

  • Organisation bank statement (not a bank account summary) for the account into which you want the grant payment to be made. The bank statement must be recent and cover the period since lockdown began on 5 November 2020. The organisation name, account number, sort code, date and organisation transactions must be clear and legible.

  • If your organisation is a charity, the certificate showing your Charity Commission registration number.

  • If your organisation is a limited company, a recent document or correspondence from HM Revenue & Customs showing your Unique Tax Reference (UTR) number or correspondence from HM Revenue & Customs showing your National Insurance Number.

  • If your organisation is a sole trader or partnership, a recent document or correspondence from HM Revenue & Customs showing your Unique Tax Reference (UTR) number.

  • If your organisation is not a limited company, sole tradership, partnership, or charity, a recent document (such as payslip or P60) or correspondence from HM Revenue & Customs showing your National Insurance number.

  • Unless your business is a charity, registered with the Charities Commission, please provide a chartered accountant’s or bookkeeper’s letter confirming a reduction of sales, revenue or income of 30% or over directly related to the national lockdown restrictions.

Please ensure that all your documents are clear and legible. If the documents you upload in your application form do not cover the periods specified, or if any of the information contained is not legible, we will not be able to process your application form - it will be rejected and you will need to reapply for a grant.

If your application is approved, the grant will be paid by BACS payment into the organisation’s bank account. In accordance with the government’s guidance, applications to the grant fund will be subject to anti-fraud checks (including with third-party agencies) prior to payment of grants. If fraudulent claims are subsequently detected after the grant is awarded, we reserve the right to pursue reclaiming those monies.

Further information

Further information about the Additional Restrictions Grant Extension can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

How do I apply?

You will need to have a My.Huntingdonshire account to access the application form and receive updates on your application - please check the Notes tab within your account.

If you don't already have an account you will need to register for one.

If you have already registered, please click on the button below, sign in to your account and complete the application form. 

Apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant Extension
** Important: Please check the Notes tab in your My.Huntingdonshire account regularly as this is where you will be notified about the progress of your application. We will notify you here if your application is successful, if it is rejected (detailing the reason why) or if there are any issues with your application.

How can I check updates to my application?

Log in to your MyHuntingdonshire account.

Once signed in, click on 'Track my requests'

Click on Track my requests on the navigation bar

Click on the 'Complete' tab and then click on the arrow for the relevant application. You can find the application reference number (which is a string of 8 capital letters) on the email that was sent to you when you submitted your application for a grant. It can also be found under the Documents tab, where you application has been uploaded.

Click on Complete and then the go button

This will then open as below - click on the 'Notes' tab to view any updates.

Click on Notes

Please note that a Note will be added here when your application has undergone its initial validation check. We will notify you here if it has passed and moved on to mandatory pre-payment and anti-fraud checks or if it has failed, stating the reasons why.

If there are no Notes here your application is still in the queue for review by the team, which we aim to complete within 3-5 working days of submission.

Please read the information below about State aid before you apply.

Confirmation of State aid received under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities scheme

Following the outbreak of coronavirus, the European Commission has approved schemes to aid businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak based on their Temporary Framework, including the COVID-19 Temporary Framework scheme for the UK.

The maximum level of aid that a company may receive is €800,000 (€120,000 per undertaking active in the fishery and aquaculture sector or €100,000 per undertaking active in the primary production of agricultural products). This is across all UK schemes under the terms of the European Commission’s Temporary Framework.

The euro equivalent of the sterling aid amount is calculated using the Commission exchange rate applicable on the date the aid is offered. Any aid provided under this scheme will be relevant if you wish to apply, or have applied, for any other aid granted on the basis of the European Commission’s Temporary Framework. You will need to declare this amount to any other aid awarding body who requests information from you on how much aid you have received. You must retain this letter for four years after the conclusion of the UK’s transition from the EU and produce it on any request from the UK public authorities or the European Commission.

Aid may be granted to undertakings that were not in difficulty (within the meaning of Article 2(18) of the General Block Exemption Regulation3) on 31 December 2019, but that faced difficulties or entered in difficulty thereafter as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. This undertaking in difficulty test does not apply to small and micro undertakings (fewer than 50 employees and less than €10 million of annual turnover and/or annual balance sheet) unless they were already in insolvency proceedings, have received rescue aid that has not been repaid, or are subject to a restructuring plan under State aid rules.

This aid is in addition any aid that you may have received under the de minimis Regulation allowing aid of up to €200,000 to any one organisation over a three fiscal year period (ie your current fiscal year and previous two fiscal years), and any other approved aid you have received under other State aid rules, such as aid granted under the General Block Exemption Regulation.

The de minimis Regulations 1407/2013 (as published in the Official Journal of the European Union L352 24.12.2013)

In summary

Your business can claim up to €200,000 in State aid under the de minimis scheme (over a 3-year period). You may also be able to claim up to €800,000 under the UK COVID-19 Temporary Framework.