COVID-19 Expanded Additional Restrictions Grant

This scheme closed to applications on 31 March 2021

If you have received a Local Restriction Support Grant, a previous Additional Restrictions Grant, you are not eligible for this new scheme. 

We have expanded the discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant to help businesses whose trade has been significantly affected by the absence of workers, commuters and tourists in the city due to the lockdown restrictions. 

The scheme has been designed to support Manchester businesses we know have seen a big drop in trade, but who have been ineligible for other Government grant schemes. 

Grant payments will cover the period of national lockdown from 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021 and 16 February to 31 March 2021 in line with Government guidance. If the national lockdown is extended beyond 31 March, further payments may be made. 

The main scheme supports: 

  • Businesses in Manchester with Business Rates liability or fixed property costs who have been significantly impacted by the downturn in: 
    • The daytime or commuter trade (predominantly, although not exclusively in the city centre)
    • The tourism and cultural sectors and the airport supply chain 
  • Self- employed company directors and sole traders of small businesses without fixed business property related costs in the leisure, entertainment, hospitality and cultural sector

Find out if you are eligible

Childcare Day Nurseries in the city are also being supported by this scheme, but these cohorts will be contacted directly by the Council and do not need to apply online. 

Further schemes are currently being developed to support the recovery of three key sectors in the city. 

  1. Strategically important cultural, entertainment or convention facilities in the city (not live yet)
  2. Charities (not live yet)
  3. Businesses which are of strategic importance to the city’s economy

Taxi vehicle licence holders in the city are also being supported. They will be contacted directly about the scheme and do not need to apply. Find out what support is available


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