New: Covid grants for Self-employed and small business owners


If you are self-employed or a small business owner based in Lewisham, who has been affected by national lockdown restrictions, you might be eligible for a one-off cash payment of up to £9,000.
The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) offers support payments to local businesses that have been forced to close or severely impacted by COVID-19 but are not entitled to the Closed Business Lockdown Payment.
The Council is welcoming applications from businesses in all sectors but are prioritising the following:
* Shared workspaces
Small businesses and social enterprises operating from shared offices or flexible workspaces that do not have their own business rates assessment, with a rateable value of less than £51,000.


* Cultural, Creative, and Evening and Night Time Economy
Small businesses and social enterprises in the ‘Cultural, Creative and Evening and Night Time Economy’ sectors with a rateable value of less than £51,000.


* Childcare Providers
Lewisham Registered Childcare settings which have been severely impacted due to COVID-19 restrictions.


* Home-Based Businesses
Established businesses operating from the homes of their owners. You will need to provide proof that the business is your main source of income.

*Affordable Workspace Providers
These are independent providers who cater predominantly to the creative and digital sectors, providing affordable workspace.


The ARG is a discretionary grant which is funded by the government but administered by the Council, based on local priorities. Applications for phase two close on 31 March 2021 or when the grant allocation has been fully administered.
Find out whether you meet the eligibility criteria for the ARG and apply: shorturl.at/inzCO

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