COVID-19 financial support

From Midday on 25 November to Midday on 16 December 2021, South and Vale based businesses can apply for Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding through two new discretionary grant schemes. support.

Start-up Grant

Applications are invited from South and Vale based businesses, operating in any sector, that began trading between the 1 April 2021 and 1 November 2021.

Start-up applicants will be asked to confirm that they have not benefitted from previous COVID-19 related grant support and must also be able to detail how their business intends to use the grant funds to support their future operations.

Sector Hardship Grant

Applications are invited from South and Vale based businesses primarily operating in the following sectors, that are continuing to face challenges caused by the pandemic:

  • Events
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Weddings

And those operating:

  • Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries
  • English Language Schools
  • Nightclubs
  • Theatres, Cinemas, Concert Halls
  • Wholesaler


If you pay business rates and have a query about your account or any of the previous COVID-19 grant funds, please email: OR

You can also call our business rates team between 9am and 11am Tuesday to Thursday on 0845 300 5562 (South) OR 0845 300 2839 (Vale).

Please only phone if your enquiry is urgent.

For all other grant queries, please contact us.