Business Support During Coronavirus
14/01/20 - Now accepting grants covering National Lockdown Restrictions
08/01/20 - Now accepting grants covering Tier 4 Restrictions
06/01/21 - Added FAQ section
05/01/21 - Added guidance for National Lockdown
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found here. Please read through these before contacting us as most answers can be found within this page.
On this page:
We understand this is a very challenging time for Arun’s shops and businesses, but financial assistance may be available to help.
- Grants: Find coronavirus financial support for your business
- Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses may be eligible for business rates relief
- Claim back coronavirus related statutory sick pay paid to an employee
- Find out how to pay a debt to HMRC with a time to pay arrangement
- Coronavirus support for business from outside government
- Community Foundations and other organisations have launched funding programmes
Click the button and answer a few questions to see what help may be available to you.
Business Support during Coronavirus
Grants Currently Available (Guidance)
Awarding guidelines for West Sussex’s Boroughs & Districts discretionary schemes: Additional Restrictions Grants & Local Restrictions Grants (Open).docx [docx] 42KB
I have tested positive for coronavirus or have come into contact with someone who’s tested positive for coronavirus
You might be able to get a payment of £500 if you need to self-isolate because of coronavirus (COVID-19) and you cannot work from home.
My business has been mandated to close in a National Lockdown
The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Closed) Addendum) supports businesses that have been required to close due to the national restrictions between 5 November and 2 December 2020.
My business has been mandated to close for local restrictions (Tiered restrictions)
The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Closed)) supports businesses that have been required to close due to temporary local restrictions.
My nightclub, dance hall or adult entertainment business has been mandated to close
Check if your nightclub, dance hall or adult entertainment business is eligible for a coronavirus grant due to national restrictions
My business hasn’t had to close due to local Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions but has suffered a significant loss of income because of coronavirus
The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Open)) supports businesses that have been severely impacted due to temporary local restrictions.
I don’t have premises or pay business rates and have continued to trade but have significantly lost income because of coronavirus
The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) supports businesses that are not covered by other grant schemes or where additional funding is needed.
I’m self-employed and have significantly lost income because of coronavirus
If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant.
My wet-let pub has significantly lost income because of coronavirus
The Christmas Support Payment (CSP) supports wet-led pubs that have been severely impacted over the Christmas period due to temporary local restrictions.
How to apply
We strongly advise you to read through full eligibility criteria prior to applying. Failure to do so may mean you have applied for the wrong grant causing an avoidable delay to any financial assistance you may later be approved for. If you have premises you will need your Property Reference Number to apply.
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Timings and process for awarding grants
- Arun DC Revenues team will check applications (in collaboration with the Economic Development and the Communities Team) for eligibility and evaluate applications then shortlist businesses recommended for a grant
- Arun DC Revenues team will carry out due diligence checks on the shortlisted applicants
- Delegated named officers will make the grant awards. The Council will email them the outcome, either with a remittance advice or by email advising of the outcome
- Subject to the above, Arun DC Finance team will then process grant payments to successful applicants
- The Council will process payments to successful applicants as quickly as possible.
What help is available to me?
Use the Business Support Finder Tool to easily identify grants and other government assistance that may be available for your individual circumstances (subject to eligibility criteria)
What are the grants?
Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Closed) Addendum)
Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Closed))
Local Restrictions Support Grant (LSRG (Sector))
Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Open))
Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
Christmas Support Payment (CSP)
How do I know which one to apply for?
Download An Applicant's Guide to Grants updated 5 Jan 21.pdf [pdf] 119KB or use the Business Support Finder Tool to easily identify help for your individual circumstances
What are the closing dates?
Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Open)) – 15 Jan 2021
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – 29 Jan 2021
Christmas Support Payments – 31 Jan 2021
There are currently no closing dates for all other grants
Can I apply for National Restrictions period 5 Nov to 2 Dec 2020?
Can I apply for the period covering Tier 2 restrictions?
Can I apply for the period covering Tier 4 restrictions?
Can I apply for the National Lockdown period 5 Jan 2021 onwards?
What information is needed to apply?
You will need to provide details of your rent and business costs, bank statements, a form of ID – depending on which grant you apply for. If you have premises you may also need your Property Reference Number
How do I apply?
You should apply for all grants using our online portal
Why is there an error with my Property Reference Number?
This could be for a few reasons. You will need to contact our Revenues & Benefits team to resolve and further your application on 01903 737500
When will I be paid?
If your application is approved, you should receive your payment within 14 days. Grants are paid each Monday and are usually in bank accounts by the following Friday
Why wasn’t my application approved?
This could be because you didn’t meet the eligibility criteria, or you didn’t pass checks
What should I do if I’m not eligible for any government help?
Help is being offered by charities and other organisations:
- Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan: Government guaranteed loans are available until 31 March 2021 for small and medium-sized businesses to borrow up to £50,000
- Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme: Small and medium-sized businesses can access loans and other kinds of finance up to £5 million
Is there a limit on the number of grants I can receive?
No but Additional Restrictions Grants (discretionary) are not being paid to businesses that qualify for other grant support. This is because we have a limited amount of funding and a high number of applications from businesses whose only means of grant support is the Additional Restrictions Grant
I’m working but my income has dropped because of coronavirus restrictions; is there any help available to compensate my loss?
You may be eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Open)) or Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)
I’ve only just started my business and currently have reduced or no income, what help is available?
You might be eligible for an Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)
I’ve had to self-isolate because I tested positive for coronavirus, or because you were told to by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app and not able to work, is any help available?
Check to see if you’re eligible for a £500 payment, apply using our online portal
Do I need to stop working/cease trading?
Check government guidance: Closing certain businesses and venues in England
I can’t find the answer above
Please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to provide any advice and support you need.
Government guaranteed loans are available until 31 March 2021 for small and medium-sized businesses to borrow up to £50,000.
Small and medium-sized businesses can access loans and other kinds of finance up to £5 million.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 April 2021. Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
In Arun, Chichester College and Sussex Chamber of Commerce are acting as intermediary or “gateway” organisations to co-ordinate job placements and funding for local businesses and organisations.
- Chichester College - for details, visit www.chigroup.ac.uk/services/kickstart-scheme or email email@example.com.
- Sussex Chamber of Commerce – for details, visit www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/Young-Chamber/Kickstart-Scheme
Arun Business Partnership has over 2,000 member companies who generate business and employment in and around Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, Arundel and the wider Arun District area.Although regular networking meetings are not currently taking place because of the Coronavirus outbreak, regular electronic newsletters are being sent out to members.
The newsletters provide advice and signposting for advice and support that can help your business – especially at this difficult time.
Sign up for the ABP Newsletter
If you would like to receive the ABP newsletter, please contact Miriam Nicholls, Arun’s Business Development Manager.
Alongside the Arun Business Partnership, Arun District Council provides business news and links specifically for the Tourism and Hospitality sector. Please see the regularly updated sussexbythesea.com/tourism-business-centre on the Council’s tourism website.
- Read Government Guidance on National Lockdown Restrictions
- Download National Lockdown poster [pdf]
- Download and use the NHS Covid-19 app
- Making your workplace and business Covid-secure
- Decontamination advice for businesses
- Download and print the government’s coronavirus posters to display in the workplace