Additional Restrictions (Discretionary) Grant Scheme

Trafford Council is now inviting applications to the Trafford Additional Restrictions (Discretionary) Grant scheme.

Further to the announcement regarding the National Lockdown which commenced on 5 January, Trafford Council has now expanded the scope of the scheme to provide support to a wider number of businesses. For the purposes of clarity, Trafford Council is now accepting applications from businesses who meet the criteria for Round 1 or Round 2.

Round 1

Applications are invited from businesses based in Trafford that do not pay business rates and are not eligible for any of the Local Restrictions Support Grants (open or closed).

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, businesses must demonstrate that they meet the following criteria:

  • Were trading on 20 October 2020
  • Have not been eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (open or closed) at any time in 20/21
  • Do not pay business rates (businesses in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief are not eligible)
  • Have been badly affected by the restrictions
  • Have business premises and do not work solely from home
  • Have fixed property costs

Funding

Applications which meet the criteria and where the appropriate supporting information has been provided will receive a grant payment of £2,000 per month for the period that Greater Manchester entered Tier 3 (20 October 2020) until 20 March 2021.

Businesses which successfully applied to Round 1 will receive additional payments equivalent to £2,000 per month between 20 October 2020 and 20 March 2021. Payments will be made automatically.

Existing applicants who have received their initial payment do not need to reapply.

If Trafford enters Tier 2 before 20 March 2021, the Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme may be reviewed.

Before you start

The following information is required to support applications to Round 1. Please ensure that you have this information available to upload at the time of application:

  • Copy of lease, licence or mortgage agreement for premises
  • Evidence of latest rent, lease payment – copy of latest company bank statement clearly showing the latest transaction and company name and address is suggested.
  • Copy of latest invoice for rent, lease of premises
  • Evidence that company is still trading (invoices, receipts)
  • Copy of latest company accounts

Trafford Council reserves the right to refuse applications which are incomplete or where the appropriate supporting information has not been submitted.

Round 2

Applications are invited from businesses based in Trafford which are not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed or open) but form part of the supply chain to the leisure, hospitality, accommodation and personal care sectors.

These sectors have been severely impacted by lockdown restrictions and Round 2 will seek to assist eligible businesses which are liable for business rates or are located in shared or flexible workspaces with fixed property costs.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, businesses must demonstrate that they meet the following criteria:

  • Were trading on 20 October 2020
  • Have not been eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (open or closed) at any time in 20/21
  • Can demonstrate that they supply or are part of the leisure, hospitality, accommodation or personal care sectors
  • Have been badly affected by the restrictions
  • Were required to close by Trafford Council following Government guidance
  • Have business premises and do not work solely from home
  • Pay Business Rates or have fixed property costs

Before you start

The following information is required to support applications to Round 2. Please ensure that you have this information available to upload at the time of application:

  • Confirmation that the company was trading on 20 October and is still a trading business.
  • Copy of lease, licence or mortgage agreement for premises.
  • Confirmation of role in the supply chain to the leisure, hospitality, accommodation and personal care sectors i.e. provision of a list of clients and declaration.
  • Evidence of latest rent, lease payment – copy of latest company bank statement clearly showing the latest transaction and company name and address is suggested.
  • Copy of latest invoice for rent, lease of premises.
  • Evidence that company is still trading (invoices, receipts).
  • Copy of latest company accounts.

Funding

Applications which meet the criteria and where the appropriate supporting information has been provided will receive a grant payment of £2,000 per month for the period that Greater Manchester entered Tier 3 (20 October 2020) until 20 March 2021.

If Trafford enters Tier 2 before 20 March 2021, the Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme may be reviewed.

Fraud

You may face prosecution if you have manipulated or falsified your position in order to obtain these payments, including failure to close your business which puts others at risk.

Any payment made as a result of fraud may be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.

The Government is supporting local councils to make the necessary checks to ensure that payments can be verified and have been made correctly.

The Council will be able to withhold payments and/or recall payments from businesses who are not adhering to the local and/or national restrictions that are in place, as this is part of the eligibility requirements.

State Aid

The United Kingdom left the EU on 31 of January 2020. Under the Withdrawal Agreement, the State Aid rules continue to apply during a transition period, subject to regulation by the EU Commission.

Businesses who receive awards of Government grant funding such as the Additional Restrictions Grant are required to comply with the EU law on State Aid.

Payments made will be provided under the existing De Minimis rules, provided doing so does not exceed the €200,000 threshold.

Payments made where the De Minimis threshold has been reached will be paid under the Covid-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities (threshold €800,000).

Data sharing

Trafford Council will use your data for the processing of your Additional Restrictions Grant application.

We may check the information you provide or information about you which somebody else provides, with other details we hold. If the law allows us, we may also receive information from other people or organisations or give information to them to check the accuracy of records, to prevent or detect crime, or to protect public funds in other ways.

All information is processed in accordance with the Council's data protection policy.

In submitting an application to the Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme, applicants agree that the information provided can be shared with Government Departments for the purposes of verification.

Application process

Applications received that comply with the criteria and where all supporting information is provided at the time of submission, should be approved within 14 days.

Additional Restrictions Grants are subject to tax and will need to be declared by businesses in their tax returns.

Income related benefits

If you are in receipt of tax credits and/or other benefits which are assessed based on income, then it is your duty to notify the relevant agency immediately if you are awarded as grant as this may affect your entitlement.