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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.

Grants are available to the following businesses and venues who have been forced to close:

  • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls 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, with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm; and not including alcohol), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery.
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes.
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges.
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks, theme parks. Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open.
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other peoples’ homes.
  • Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities as set out below. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services – e.g. for people who do not have it at home - and for click-and-collect.

Grants are not available to businesses that:

  • are able to continue to trade, because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and/or can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors).
  • have chosen to close but have not been instructed to do so.
  • are in administration, insolvent or subject to a striking-off notice.

Grant awards:

Grants are awarded to the ratepayer for the four week period. The value is dependent on the Rateable Value (RV) of the relevant property:

  • RV of £15,000 or less – grant award £1,334
  • RV over £15,000 but less than £51,000 - £2,000
  • RV of £51,000 or over - £3,000

Businesses that are required to close by Government, including non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses, will be eligible to apply for the following grants: Tier 4 restrictions between 31/12/20 – 4/1/21, Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) (5/1/21 – onwards) and Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (5/1/21 – onwards).

The grants amounts are based on the Rateable Value and are below:

RV £15,000 and Under

Tier 4 31/12/20 – 4/1/21 payment - £238.20

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards - £2,001

Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment - £4,000

RV £15,001 - £50,999

Tier 4 31/12/20 – 4/1/21 payment - £357.15

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards - £3,000

Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment - £6,000

RV £51,000 and Over

Tier 4 31/12/20 – 4/1/21 payment - £535.70

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards - £4,500

Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment - £9,000


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.

  • 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: discretionary.grant@dudley.gov.uk

    If your enquiry relates to the Local Restrictions Support Grant please contact: businessratesgrants@dudley.gov.uk