Applications now open for discretionary business grants
We have now opened applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), also known as the Omicron Discretionary Grant (ODG) scheme, to help Wiltshire businesses impacted by the Omicron wave from December 2021.
We have already contacted more than 1,400 eligible businesses that have previously received a COVID-19 business grant to offer them an ODG payment. Applications are now being accepted from businesses that have not been contacted or that have not previously received funding.
The scheme is open to both rate-paying and non rate-paying businesses that are not eligible for an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG). It is targeted at businesses in sectors most impacted by the changes in consumer expenditure in the run-up to Christmas and new year – particularly in sectors such as hospitality, personal care, accommodation, leisure, gyms, sports and travel agencies.
To be eligible, you will need to demonstrate that Omicron had a severe impact on your business, by providing evidence of cancellation, postponement, changed or reduced orders or refunds, or bank statements. To apply, please complete the application form on our website. You will also be asked to submit your most recent business Tax Return.
The ODG is worth £2,500 for all non-rate paying businesses; while for rate-paying businesses, those with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive £2,667; businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive £4,000; and businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or over will receive £6,000.
Rate-paying businesses that have not yet received any rate relief during the pandemic may be able to claim a rate reduction this financial year, under a new scheme.
The COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) targets rate-paying businesses that have been adversely affected by the pandemic and have been unable to adapt to that impact. We have been awarded £8.4 million to provide this additional support.
This new relief is available to rate-paying businesses that have not yet had any rate relief and meet the eligibility requirements. It is not available to businesses that were eligible for the retail, hospitality and leisure relief or the nursery relief. It will also not apply to landlords of unoccupied properties.