Additional Restrictions (Discretionary) Grant Scheme

Trafford Council has launched its latest round of the Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme having secured additional funding from Government.

Applications are now invited from companies which meet the eligibility criteria and are able to provide the supporting evidence.

Applicants are reminded to provide all supporting evidence at the time of application. Trafford Council reserves the right decline applications which are incomplete or which lack supporting evidence.

Trafford Council aims to process applications where all information and evidence has been provided within 14 days. Subject to the number of applications received, processing may take longer.

Applications are now invited for the following rounds:

1. Support for Green Economy Investment and Skills Growth

The Support for Green Economy Investment and Skills Growth Grant is designed to support companies operating in the Green Economy, which have located in Trafford from 14 October 2020 and which have not received support through the Additional Restrictions Scheme. To qualify for the grant, the location must be the company’s first investment (site) in Trafford.

For the purposes of the grant, Trafford Council is using the United Nations System of Environmental Economic Accounting which defines the Environmental Goods and Services sector as “areas of the economy engaged in producing goods and services for environmental protection purposes as well as those engaged in conserving and maintaining natural resources”.

Grants will be provided to cover set-up costs, professional fees and fixed property costs. Capital expenditure will not be considered for the purposes of the grant.

Subject to the qualifying criteria, size of the company and provision of evidence, grants will be awarded as follows:

  • Microenterprises (1-9 employees) – up to £10,000
  • Small enterprises (10-49 employees) – up to £20,000
  • Medium-sized enterprises (50-249 employees) – up to £50,000
  • Large enterprises (250 + employees) – up to £75,000

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the grant, applicants must fulfil the following criteria:
  • Be a business operating in the Green Economy and have located to and established premises in Trafford on or after 14 October 2020
  • Have business premises in Trafford with fixed property costs
  • Have registered for the Trafford Pledge
  • Have registered the business with the GM Green Business Pledge
  • Either have or be delivering social value aims which will benefit the local community. 
  • Be able to evidence that the business has been negatively impacted by COVID-19
  • Be compliant with UK Government Subsidy Allowance limits

For further information and to submit an application, see ARG – Green Economy Investment and Skills Growth Grant

2. Support for businesses to access international markets

Trafford SMEs seeking funding to support their internationalisation or exports can apply for a grant to access international markets.

A grant of up to a maximum £5,000 will be provided to SMEs to support international trading post Transition. The grant will be used to fund staff development (training) and/or seek expert advice on how to trade with the EU or to access international markets. The grant would be paid following the provision of proof of eligible expenditure.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the Grant, applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be an SME operating from premises in Trafford
  • Be able to evidence that the business has been negatively impacted by COVID-19
  • Export to international markets or be considering exporting internationally
  • Be compliant with UK Government Subsidy Allowance limits

 For further information and to submit an application, see ARG – International Markets

3. Support for new-start businesses

The New Start Business Grant is designed to assist new start companies which were established in Trafford after 14 October 2020 and which operate from business premises or residential properties located in the borough. To qualify applicants must not have received other financial support through the ARG scheme and will need to evidence that the business has been impacted by restrictions.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the New Start Additional Restrictions Grant, applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be able to demonstrate that the business was established after 14th October 2020 (provision of Companies House Registration number or evidence of registration with HMRC for Self-Assessment after 14th October 2020 is required)
  • Have not received previous financial support via the Trafford Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme
  • Have fixed property costs or operate the business solely from a residential address in Trafford
  • Be able to evidence that the business is currently trading and has generated revenue (to be evidenced by invoices and corresponding bank statement clearly showing transactions being paid  – cash payment will not be accepted)
  • Be able to evidence that the business has been negatively impacted by COVID-19
  • Be compliant with UK Government Subsidy Allowance limits

For further information and to submit an application, see ARG – New Start

Round 4 – Support for young people

The Support for Young People grant provides funding to employers to either extend an existing Kickstart placement by six months or provides funding for employers to provide a work placement to a Trafford based resident aged 16 – 24 years old, who is not eligible for a Kickstart placement for a six month period.

Subject to the provision of supporting evidence, the funding provided will be equivalent to six month’s National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage. Successful applicants will receive a one-off grant payment. Trafford Council will continue to work with employers throughout the period of the grant to ensure continuity of employment. Employers will be required to advise Trafford Council and repay any monies where the placement is not fulfilled for the full term of the grant payment.

For Kickstart employees in the Green Economy and the Health and Social Care sectors, a grant to extend the placement for twelve months (total placement eighteen months) will be provided.

Subject to the provision of supporting evidence, the funding provided will be equivalent to twelve month’s National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage. Successful applicants will receive a one-off grant payment. Trafford Council will continue to work with employers throughout the period of the grant to ensure continuity of employment. Employers will be required to advise Trafford Council and repay any monies where the placement is not fulfilled for the full term of the grant payment.

Provision of the funding is dependent upon confirmation of the company’s commitment to extend the employee’s Kickstart placement.

Trafford Council reserves the right to recover funding where the placement is not completed. 

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant (Support for young people), applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be an SME operating from premises in Trafford
  • Have participated in the Government’s Kickstart Scheme or be willing to offer a minimum six month Scheme or work placement to a Trafford resident aged 16 – 24 who has not been eligible for the Kickstart Scheme.
  • Be able to evidence that the business is currently trading
  • Be able to evidence that the business has been negatively impacted by COVID-19
  • Be compliant with UK Government Subsidy Allowances

For further information and to submit an application, see ARG – Support for Young People

Round 5 – Key sectors

The Key Sectors Grant is designed to assist SMEs located in Trafford which operate in key sectors. Applications will be considered from companies  operating in specific sectors which have fixed property costs, have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and which have not previously received financial support via the Trafford Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant, applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be an SME operating from premises in Trafford
  • Have not received previous financial support via the Trafford Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme
  • Be able to evidence that they operate in one of the following sectors
    • Business, Financial and Professional Services
    • Manufacturing
    • Construction
    • Health and Social Care
    • Creative, Digital and Tech
  • Have fixed property costs for commercial premises in Trafford
  • Be able to evidence that the business is currently trading
  • Be able to evidence that the business has been negatively impacted by COVID-19
  • Be compliant with UK Government Subsidy Allowance limits

For further information and to submit an application, see ARG – Key Sectors.