Additional Restrictions Grant: Phase 3 – Apply Now

If you haven’t applied for this grant previously, you are eligible to apply for Phase 3 which covers the lockdown period of 16th February to 31st March 2021.

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is for businesses that are required to close under the imposed coronavirus restrictions that do not qualify for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum and the Coronavirus Restart Grant for Business.

To qualify –

Your business must meet all these points:

  • must be in the Dorset Council area
  • have been open before January 2021 national restrictions were in place
  • must have been required to close due to national restrictions that came into force on 5 January 2021
  • must not have a liability to pay business rates

Or your business:

  • may be eligible if it has remained open during the January national restrictions but has been significantly impacted and suffered a severe loss of income directly as a result of the national restrictions (severe loss is defined as 50% or more, compared to your usual or forecasted income for this time of year)

Exclusions –

The following businesses are not eligible for this grant:

  • businesses in areas outside the scope of localised restrictions, as defined by government and not subject to a widespread national restriction
  • businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to
  • second homes
  • landlords of properties where they are not occupying them directly themselves for trading business purposes
  • businesses that 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
  • businesses that have received a Local Restrictions Support Grant in relation to the national restrictions commencing on 5th November 2020
  • businesses that were in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice had been made at the date of the national restriction, 5th January 2021

If you have more than one business at the same address or premises, you will only be eligible for one grant.

Payments –

Grants will be awarded for each 14-day period of lockdown based on the size of business determined by number of employees:

  • 0 to 9 employees will get £467
  • 10 to 49 employees will get £700
  • 50 to 249 employees will get £1,050

Start your Application HERE.

If you applied previously:

Businesses that applied for and received an ARG payment previously will receive a further automatic payment covering the 11 days from 1st April to 11th April 2021 inclusive.
You do not need to re-apply.  A confirmation email to qualifying businesses in the week beginning 19th April was sent.
Previous successful applicants were paid automatically for the period covering the 44 days from 16th February to 31st March 2021 inclusive.

Please address any enquiries by Email:


Apply To Get Help with Bills By Friday,12th February

Dorset residents have until Friday, 12th February to put in their applications to apply for funding to pay utility bills.

Vulnerable families in Dorset can apply for money to pay their utility bills, but the deadline is approaching fast.

The programme is being administrated by Citizen’s Advice Dorset. To access the funding, which come from the Government’s Covid Winter Grant Scheme, log on HEREYou can also call on 01929 408950 to apply.

Cllr. Jane Somper

Cllr Jane Somper, Dorset Council lead member for Safeguarding, said, “I urge families, and others, who need support this winter with essential bills like heating, to apply online for help or get in touch by ringing our helpline. These are difficult times and helping our most vulnerable families, who have been hard-hit by the pandemic, is vital. We are working with schools and other organisations like Citizens’ Advice to get help and support out to those who need it.”

At least 80% of the Covid Winter Grant will be used to help vulnerable families in Dorset; some of the remaining 20% will either be used to support other vulnerable residents across the area or will also be spent supporting families.

Support and advice for all residents, including information about accessing food and other financial support is available online at:


The Dorset Council Community Impact Fund (DCIF) Round 5 – Apply Now

The Dorset Council Community Impact Fund (DCIF) Round 5 (Coronavirus Support) has launched to support local charities, and voluntary organisations that are providing support and assistance to help Dorset’s most vulnerable people and their communities to recover after the recent Coronavirus outbreak.

New applications are now being accepted and the fund closes at midnight on Sunday, 20th September 2020. Award decisions will be confirmed from the end of August through to the end of September 2020.

Organisations and community groups can apply for up to £5,000. New and emerging groups (those with less than 6 months delivery experience and who may not have the normal governance in place) can apply for up to £1,000 provided they have a referee who will endorse their application and manage the funds on their behalf.
Organisations awarded a grant will need to be able to commence delivery of their project/activities within six weeks of being awarded funding. Groups will need to use their funding by end of March 2021.

Who can apply? Who is eligible?

  • registered charities including charitable incorporated organisations
  • constituted community croups
  • community benefit societies
  • social enterprises (companies limited by guarantee with a not-for-profit clause)
  • CICs (must be limited by guarantee and have community benefit objectives)
  • parish councils (if funded activities are not deemed part of statutory duties and must also have a voluntary and community sector partner to support delivery)
  • town councils (if funded activities are not deemed part of their statutory duties and must also have a voluntary and community sector partner to support delivery)
  • places of worship and religious organisations (if funded activities are not promoting religion)
  • new and emerging groups – please see information below
  • school PTA’s
  • all of the above must be local or regional organisations; local branches of national charities are eligible if they are financially independent and separately managed
  • CIC’s will also need to provide an ‘Asset Lock’ statement and copy of their Memorandum or Articles of Association

All organisations applying (apart from new and emerging groups) must have:

  • a management committee, trustees or board of directors with at least three unrelated members
  • a written constitution or set of rules that sets out the purpose and management of the organisation
  • a bank account in the name of the organisation with at least two unrelated cheque signatories

Please read through the full guidelines HERE (a new window will open) before applying.

If you have read the guidelines and are ready to apply, click HERE.

If you want to chat through your project before applying or have a specific question you can contact any of the following:

  1. Policy and Performance Officer (Grants) – Ian Wells
    Tel: 01305 224307

  2. External funding and grants manager – Laura Cornette
    Tel: 01305 224306

Good Luck!

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