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Exceptional Circumstances Fund (Additional Restrictions Grant stream 3)

The stream 3 Exceptional Circumstances Fund of the Additional Restrictions Grant was set up to provide direct grants to businesses - that had been severely financially impacted by the national restrictions, but previously not been able to access the:

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant 
  • Additional Restrictions Grants Stream 1 or 2.


To qualify for a grant, businesses must have been:

  • not eligible to receive or had not received Local Restrictions Support Grants or Additional Restrictions Grants Stream 1 or Stream 2
  • not mandated to close but had been severely financially impacted due to the restrictions imposed by the government (over 50% reduction in income compared with similar comparable periods of trade).

Please read the Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme for full details.

How much support businesses received

The payment amount depended on the rateable value of the property for rate payers or fixed costs for the business if not a rate payer. Details can be found in the scheme.


Businesses that:

  • were eligible to receive or have received Local Restrictions Support Grants or Additional Restrictions Grants stream 1 or stream 2
  • were in administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice had been made
  • had exceeded the UK’s subsidy arrangements
  • do not operate from a Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole premises.

State aid

The EU State Aid rules no longer apply to subsidies granted in the UK following the end of the transition period. The United Kingdom, however, remains bound by its international commitments, including subsidy obligations set out in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) with the EU.

We can still pay out subsidies under previously approved schemes and this includes subsidies related to COVID-19 that have been previously given under the EU State Aid Temporary Framework. Businesses should have made themselves aware of their obligations under Government’s subsidies arrangements before applying to this scheme.


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