Dudley Council is committed to its businesses and will do all it can to support them through this difficult time.
Government Business Grants
The government announced financial support for businesses in the form of grant schemes:
Local Restrictions Support Grant
Only businesses who have business rates liability AND have been forced to close by the government are eligible to apply for this scheme.
- This grant is for certain businesses who have business rates liability and have been instructed to close by government. (see list below)
If you do not meet the criteria the grant portal system will not allow you to complete an application.
Additional Restrictions Grant
ARG Rounds 1 and 2 are now closed for applications.
The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) has been designed to help provide much needed financial support for certain businesses where local restrictions are put in place or where a widespread national lockdown is announced.
Including businesses that:
- have closed but do not pay business rates
- have not been forced to close, but mainly supply direct to the hospitality, events or leisure sectors
- have faced business hardship, have commercial business premises and supply into sectors besides the hospitality, events, or leisure sectors.
You can apply for all of our grant schemes using our self-service grant application portal (Grant Approval) and attaching all supporting evidence. Before you apply, check your eligibility for the scheme you are applying for and get your supporting evidence ready. If you do not provide all of the evidence requested in a clear format, this may delay the processing of your application. Evidence required varies depending on scheme. All applications must be made via the online portal, if you need assistance applications are permissible via intermediaries on your behalf (i.e. via your Accountant).
Please read our ARG FAQs document before applying - Frequently asked questions
Please refer to Dudley Council’s Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Policy documents for full eligibility criteria and details of all ARG schemes.
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Due to high volumes of calls our phone lines are very busy. You can check progress of your application in the Grant Approval self-serve portal.
If your enquiry relates to the Additional Restrictions Grant please contact: email@example.com
If your enquiry relates to the Local Restrictions Support Grant please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org