Additional Restrictions Grant scheme

What is this for?

We are currently experiencing high demand for the grants and we are processing applications as quickly as possible. Please try to avoid making repeat contact regarding an outstanding claim as this will affect our ability to process them.


In order to be eligible for a grant payment under the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) a business must:

  • Not be registered as a business rates payer or included in the non-domestic rating list in Doncaster
  • Must have fixed property costs. Fixed property costs can include, rent or a mortgage for the business property and other costs, such as fees for the hire of premises. Domestic dwelling costs are not included.
  • Have been open as usual, and providing in-person services to customers from their premises, prior to restrictions being announced under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984.

Grants will be paid for businesses that were forced to close as part of Government restrictions, for the period 5 November 2020 to 02 December 2020, in the following categories:   

  • Non-essential retail selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.
  • Hospitality venues, such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs.
  • Leisure and sports facilities.
  • Accommodation such as Bed and Breakfasts and guest houses.
  • Entertainment venues.
  • Personal care facilities, such as hair and beauty, tanning and nail salons.
  • Community centres and halls.
Grants will be paid for business that remained open for the period 14 October 2020 to 4 November 2020, who suffered a loss of trade due to local restrictions and were in the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors only. 

Grant payment amounts

The grant payable to an eligible business depends on the level of fixed property costs (as shown below), and the length of time the business has been closed and has to remain closed.

Forced Closures grants (5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020)

Non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, accommodation, entertainment, personal care and community categories

Fixed Property Costs e.g. Rent

Grant payable

£0 to £1,500


£1,501 to £3,000


£3,001 to £15,000


£15,001  to £51,000


More than £51,000


Open Business grants (hospitality, accommodation and leisure categories only)

(14 October 2020 to 23 October 2020, Tier 2 Local Restrictions)

(24 October 2020 to 4 November 2020, Tier 3 National Restrictions)

The total grant payable for both Tier 2 and Tier 3 periods is as follows:  

Fixed Property Costs e.g Rent

Grant Payable

£0 to £1,500


£1,501 to £3,000


£3,001 to £15,000


£15,001  to £51,000


More than £51,000


Your business may be eligible under more than one category. You only have to apply once.
If you do qualify under more than one category, the amount of grant will be calculated for you and paid as separate amounts into your bank account, so you can easily see which elements you have qualified for.  The amount will be a one off discretionary payment.  


The following exclusions apply:
  • You must not have been able to access any other government business support during this period. Please note, this excludes the government's furlough support scheme or self-employed income scheme.
  • Takeaway businesses are considered essential retail, and are therefore not required to close under national lock down. Such businesses are not eligible to support under this scheme.
  • Properties that were already empty and did not re-open prior to lock down announcements
  • Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de-minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework are not eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses in areas outside the scope of the restrictions, as defined by Government, are not eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses run from domestic properties.
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made at the date of the local lockdown are not eligible for this grant.

The decision to award or withhold a grant payment is entirely at the discretion of Doncaster Council. 

What is it going to cost?


What we need from you

Using our address look-up function on this e-form

We are aware some people are having difficulty finding their business address using the address look-up system on this form. To avoid issues, please only enter your post code (using correct spacing), before selecting your address from the drop down list provided.

You will need to:

  • Register for a MyDoncaster account if you haven’t already. This will allow you to track your enquiry. You will also be able to access additional online services offered by us.
  • Provide your Business Rates account and Property Reference number. These can be found on your bill. Please don't worry if these are not available or you do not have one. You will still be able to submit your application
  • Supply details about you, your business, and your business bank account so that a payment can be made to you if you are eligible for the grant. 
  • Provide a copy of a business bank account statement, clearly showing the bank account holder’s name, sort code, account number and business address

If you do not supply the required information, this may cause a delay to your request being considered.

Please do not submit repeat claims, as this will slow down our ability to make payments promptly.

What you should expect from us

Once submitted, we will check if you are eligible for a grant payment and make a payment to you as soon as possible within 10 working days. If you are not eligible to a grant payment we will contact you by email to tell you why.

We ask that you do not submit repeat payment requests or contact us to follow up on your request. Doing so requires us to redirect limited resources to answer calls and individual enquiries, slowing our ability to check and process payments to everyone as quickly as possible. 

If your business is eligible, a payment will be made direct to the nominated bank account you have provided on your request form. We may need to contact you if we cannot pay you the grant, or if further information is required to process your request.

More information

More advice about the support available to businesses can be found on the following pages:

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Last updated: 20 November 2020 13:55:21