About the ARG

This grant is now closed to new applications.

What is the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) and who is it meant to benefit?

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) was funding provided to local authorities by Central Government to support businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is down to each local authority to devise and administer ARG schemes that will be most helpful to their business communities and local economies.

The Bexley scheme was designed to help businesses that were hit by Covid19 restrictions but could not access other available government grants – and to give additional support to businesses in the most heavily impacted sectors such as hospitality, leisure, events, and travel sectors.

Since the ARG was launched in late December 2020 over 1100 applications have been received and over 700 Bexley businesses have received grants. The existing allocation from Government is now oversubscribed and we have therefore closed the scheme to new applications. The funding has been allocated to eligible applications that were received by the closing date of 18 June on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have not heard from us since the closing date, then please assume your application has been unsuccessful.

Should any additional ARG funding come available to enable us to assist Bexley businesses further, we will announce details on our website and via social media. We advise all businesses to regularly view our website and social media or subscribe to our business newsletter to ensure they do not miss out on new funding opportunities that may arise in the future.

Can I appeal a decision about my grant application?

There is no right of appeal and the Council’s decision will be final.

Fraudulent applications

The Council reserves the right to independently check information provided by applicants and request further information if required. If found to be false after an award has been made, we will institute recovery processes for the repayment of any monies paid and consider taking appropriate legal action. In addition, the Council reserves the right to recover any payments made in error.

Important: Beware of scammers

Please beware of third parties offering to act on your behalf for a fee. The process is free, straightforward and only requires you to provide information already available to you.

We are aware that scam emails are also being sent to businesses, falsely claiming to be from the Council, saying that businesses have been paid grants in error and they need to be returned and include bank details for payments to be made. These emails should be ignored.