Business Advice and Support Grants

If you have any enquiries regarding business grants please contact our dedicated advisor by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Grant availability matrix (.pdf | 500kb) (if you need this document in an accessible format please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Re-Opening of Hospitality from 12 April 2021

Note for successful LRSGC and ARG applicants: Automatic payments have now been made to eligible businesses:

  • LRSGC, for up to 31st March 2021
  • ARG (including ARG, ARG2 and ARG3), for up to 11th April 2021.

The grant level awarded and period it covers will be identified on your full bank statement. Further automatic payments for extended periods will be considered subject to Government guidance and you are not required to reapply.

Following the Government announcement on 22nd February 2021 of its ‘Roadmap’ to ease restrictions, the Council will apply its COVID-19 business grant eligibility criteria in reflection of the guidance outlined in the COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021. As explained in the document, timescales are subject to ongoing review based on national COVID data.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for businesses able to stay open) LRSG(O) – Tier 2 period of 17 October to 4 November 2020

The deadline for the LRSG(O) was 31 March 2021 and we are no longer accepting applications.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for businesses forced to close) LRSG(C) - Lockdown period of 5 November to 15 February 2021

The deadline for the LRSG(C) was 31 March 2021 and we are no longer accepting applications.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) for the period of 5 November to 2 December 2020

Open to applications, with updated guidance and expanded eligibility criteria. Applicants already awarded ARG for the period of 5 Nov to 2 Dec cannot re-apply.

Any personal services or taxi businesses unsuccessful with an ARG application submitted in 2020 will be reassessed against the new criteria and do not have to reapply.

As funding for this scheme is limited, the Council will be focusing on the following businesses for support with pro rata grants between £1,334 and £3,000 to cover the four-week national lockdown period:

  • Businesses required to close that are unable to trade but do not have a rateable value
    • non-essential retail businesses
    • hospitality, accommodation and leisure (including entertainment) businesses
    • events sector businesses
    • personal services
  • Businesses required to close that are able to trade by providing an alternative service instead
  • Businesses only open to those who have to travel for work purposes (and for a limited number of other exemptions which will be set out in law)
  • Businesses not required to close, but that are severely affected as a result of customer businesses being required to close including:
    • supply chain for retail, hospitality and leisure sectors
    • Now also eligible: taxi businesses with a registered trading address in NED District
  • Now also eligible: Tenant Landlords of Pub businesses who are not responsible for business rates on the premises.
  • Parish Councils which meet the scheme criteria (the precepting authority exclusion does not apply to this fund).

For more information please download our ARG Guidance (.pdf | 400kb) to check your eligibility before completing the ARG Online Application (opens in a new window. In exceptional circumstances where an applicant does not have internet access, a postal application form can be requested from NEDDC Customer Services on 01246 231111.

Please note, the Government has updated its link to the list of closed businesses on Gov.uk stated in the NEDDC ARG guidance and application forms and it now links to a different topic. Closing businesses for Covid-19

Further enquiries about the scheme can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Council reserves the right to vary the terms of the scheme at any time, and without notice, should it be necessary to do so.

The Council is also working through the ARG to establish additional business advice and online support seminars over the next year, so please continue to check this website for any forthcoming opportunities.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for businesses able to stay open) LRSG(O)2 – Tier 3 period of 2 December to 30 December 2020

The deadline for the LRSG(O) was 31 March 2021 and we are no longer accepting applications.

ARG2: Tier 3 period of 2 December to 30 December 2020

Open to new applications with updated guidance and expanded eligibility criteria.

Applicants who have applied for an ARG grant for the period of 5 Nov to 2 Dec will automatically be considered for the Tier 3 period of 2 Dec to 30 Dec 2020 and therefore do not need to re-apply to the ARG2. If successful, grants will be paid directly to nominated accounts.

As funding for this scheme is limited, the Council will be focusing on the following businesses for support with pro rata grants between £1,334 and £3,000 for the Tier 3 period:

  • Businesses required to close that are unable to trade but do not have a rateable value
    • Hospitality and accommodation businesses
    • entertainment businesses
    • events sector businesses
  • Businesses required to close that are able to trade by providing an alternative service instead
  • Businesses only open to those who have to travel for work purposes (and for a limited number of other exemptions which will be set out in law)
  • Businesses not required to close, but that are severely affected as a result of customer businesses being required to close including:
    • supply chain for hospitality, accommodation, entertainment and events sectors
    • taxi businesses with a registered trading address in NED District
  • Tenant Landlords of Pub businesses who are not responsible for business rates on the premises.
  • Parish Councils which meet the scheme criteria (the precepting authority exclusion does not apply to this fund).

Please note that non-essential retail, personal services and leisure and sports facility businesses are ineligible as they could open in the Tier 3 period.

For more information please download our ARG2 Guidance (.pdf | 458kb) to check your eligibility before completing the ARG2 Online Application (opens in a new window). In exceptional circumstances where an applicant does not have internet access, a postal application form can be requested from NEDDC Customer Services on 01246 231111.

Further enquiries about the scheme can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Council reserves the right to vary the terms of the scheme at any time, and without notice, should it be necessary to do so.

LRSGC3:Period 16 February to 31 March 2021 (for businesses forced to close)

The deadline for LRSGC3 was 31 May 2021 and we are no longer accepting applications

ARG3: Tier 4 period 31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021, and National Lockdown 5 January 2021 onwards

Open to new applications with updated guidance and expanded eligibility criteria.

Applicants who have applied for an ARG grant (for the period of 5 Nov to 2 Dec) or ARG2 grant (for the period of 02 Dec to 30 Dec) will automatically be considered for the Tier 4 period of 31 Dec to 04 Jan and National Lockdown Period of 5 Jan onwards and therefore do not need to re-apply to the ARG3. If successful, grants will be paid directly to nominated accounts.  

As funding for this scheme is limited, the Council will be focusing on the following businesses for support with pro rata grants between £667 and £1,500 per 14-day qualifying period:

  • Businesses required to close that are unable to trade but do not have a rateable value
    • non-essential retail businesses
    • hospitality, accommodation and leisure businesses
    • events sector businesses
    • personal services
  • Businesses required to close that are able to trade by providing an alternative service instead
  • Businesses only open to those who have to travel for work purposes (and for a limited number of other exemptions which will be set out in law)
  • Businesses not required to close, but that are severely affected as a result of customer businesses being required to close including:
    • supply chain for retail, hospitality and leisure (including gyms) sectors
    • taxi businesses with a registered trading address in NED District
  • Tenant Landlords of Pub businesses who are not responsible for business rates on the premises.
  • Parish Councils which meet the scheme criteria (the precepting authority exclusion does not apply to this fund).

For more information please download our ARG3 Guidance (.pdf | 459kb) to check your eligibility before completing the ARG3 Online Application (opens in a new window). In exceptional circumstances where an applicant does not have internet access, a postal application form can be requested from NEDDC Customer Services on 01246 231111.

Further enquiries about the scheme can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Council reserves the right to vary the terms of the scheme at any time, and without notice, should it be necessary to do so.

Restart Grant for Businesses that have a Business Rates assessment

 The deadline for the  Restart Grant for Businesses that have a Business Rates assessment was 30 June 2021 and we are no longer accepting applications.

One-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

This scheme has now closed.

Make your workplace COVID secure

Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic has been published on the government's website (external link).

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue service have put together some information to help businesses with fire safety checks when retiring and re-opening their premises. Please view the fire safety information booklet (.pdf | 395kb).

DRG Discretionary Reopening Grant

For businesses with their own premises who are outside the business rates system to fund the costs of installing and implementing COVID-safe measures as they reopen following lockdown, to manage the safety of staff and customers whilst restrictions are still in force.

One-off grants of up to £3,000 are available for non-essential retail businesses based on number of employees. One-off grants of up to £9,000 are available for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gyms & sport businesses based on number of employees.

The following types of businesses are NOT eligible:

  • Rent-a-chair/room personal care providers as their landlord should be covering the COVID-safe mitigations in their working space/receptions from their own grant
  • Home based businesses, including those with a separate room/salon/studio (with the exception of B&Bs)
  • Mobile personal care providers who operate from other people’s homes
  • Hirers of ad hoc operating space (e.g. village halls)
  • Supply chain businesses for retail/hospitality/leisure
  • Taxi businesses

Businesses previously in receipt of any NEDDC ARG award will be automatically considered for the Discretionary Reopening Grant and do not need to apply.

Businesses trading before 31 December 2020 are advised to submit an application to the ARG for the earliest time period they were trading.

The DRG application form is only to be completed by businesses who began trading in North East Derbyshire District from 31 December 2020 onwards.

For more information please download our DRG Guidance (.pdf | 440kb) to check your eligibility before completing the DRG Online Application (opens in a new window). In exceptional circumstances where an applicant does not have internet access, a postal application form can be requested from NEDDC Customer Services on 01246 231111.

If you have any enquiries regarding business grants please contact our dedicated advisor by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Council reserves the right to vary the terms of the scheme at any time, and without notice, should it be necessary to do so.

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