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Additional Restrictions Grant stream 4

BCP Council’s Stream 4 of the Additional Restrictions Grant has launched to provide the remaining funding from Government to businesses to help recover from the impacts of the pandemic. There are two direct grants for businesses available listed below:

Eligibility

Language schools

To qualify for a grant, businesses must

  • be a rate paying language school
  • have been severely financially impacted by the pandemic (at least a 50% reduction in business income compared with similar comparable periods of trade).

Strategic businesses

To qualify for a grant, businesses must

  • be a medium or large business which employs over 50 people
  • have been severely financially impacted by the pandemic (at least a 50% reduction in business income compared with similar comparable periods of trade)
  • be able to demonstrate tangible outputs for recovery (capital expenditure is not permitted).

Please read the Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme for full details.

How much support eligible businesses will receive

Language schools

Grants to eligible language schools will be calculated based on 3 months business rates (though they are not obligated to use it for paying business rates). Rate paying language schools will be contacted to confirm that they are still eligible for grant funding.

Strategic businesses

Grants to eligible businesses can be up to £50,000 in order to enable tangible outputs for recovery. Proposals from medium and large businesses will be scored against a matrix and awards will be made to those most beneficial to the economy. Decisions for the proposals will be made by an award panel that reviews the applications following the end of the application window.

Application forms can be requested by businesses who believe they fit this criteria and want to submit a proposal by emailing argstream4@bcpcouncil.gov.uk and the deadline to apply is 19 November 2021.

Exclusions

Businesses that:

  • are in administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice had been made
  • have 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.

Wider business, town centre & district centre support measures

As part of Stream 4, there will also be wider business support measures allocated to help the local economy recover from the impacts of the pandemic including:

  • support for the Hospitality and Leisure sector – projects to boost skills and employment, provide destination marketing and promotion and conduct research and development
  • support for the Health and Beauty sector – project to boost skills and employment
  • key sector support projects in engineering and manufacturing, creative digital, health and social care, construction, marine and skills
  • general business support services – including projects to help growing businesses, strategy for economic growth, place branding and marketing, mentoring, connecting young people to businesses and wellbeing services for the workforce
  • town and district centre projects, events and activities.

Please read the Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme for full details.