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Business support grants

Additional Restrictions Grants (Discretionary)

This Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme is discretionary and open for applications from both business rated (you receive a business rates bill) and non-business rated businesses.

The Government is encouraging these funds to be used to support businesses which have been severely impacted by the Covid-19 restrictions. Please read the Woking Borough Council scheme guidelines in full before making an application.

Read the ARG (Discretionary) scheme guidelines

The closing date for all applications is Wednesday 26 May 2021 (11.59pm).

Please do not apply for this scheme if you received an ARG in February 2021. Applications from previous ARG recipients will not be considered.

Apply here for the ARG (Discretionary) scheme

Restart Grant (April 2021)

The government is providing Restart Grants in England of up to £6,000 per premises for non-essential retail businesses, and up to £18,000 per premises for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses.

The primary principle of the Restart Grant scheme is to support businesses that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises.

Applicants must be business rated. This means that you receive a business rates bill in the business name and the business must be classified as one of the sectors listed in the government guidance.

Check if you're eligible for a Restart Grant

Please note: we're expecting a large amount of grant applications, so please remain patient. It could take us several weeks to review all the applications and pay the grants. Successful applications will be paid as fast as possible.

If you have any questions, please email   

Apply for the Restart Grant (April 2021)

Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) scheme and the one-off business support lockdown (Jan 2021) payment

The government has announced that from 1 April 2021 qualifying applicants for the Local Restrictions Grant (closed) scheme can only receive the second payment cycle covering the period 16 February to 31 March 2021 (44 days). In addition, from 1 April 2021 the one-off business support lockdown (Jan 2021) payment is closed to all further applications.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) scheme applies to businesses which were directed to close by the government when Woking moved to Tier 3 on 19 December 2020, or Tier 4 on 20 December 2020, and then national lockdown on 5 January 2021.

Applications received between 1 April 2021 and 31 May (the closing date for second payment cycle applications) will not be entitled to the initial payment up to 15 February 2021.

Eligibility criteria:

  • is business rated (the applicant must be the rate payer)
  • open as usual before the restrictions, for example on 4 January  2021
  • required to close due to restrictions imposed by the government.

Your business will not qualify for support under this scheme if it was in administration, insolvent or a striking off order was made at the time local restrictions started.

Apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed)

Grants which are no longer available

National lockdown (5 November to 2 December 2020)

This grant is open to businesses that were open and trading, but which were legally forced to close as a result of the national lockdown from 5 November to 2 December 2020. These were mainly non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

This scheme closed at midnight on 31 March 2021.

Keep up-to-date

We also keep local businesses up to date about grants, other support and resources via our Woking Works business enewsletter.

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