Winter Support Grants


We used the Government’s funding for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) to reopen our Winter Support Grants scheme for new applications.

This funding was primarily aimed at supporting businesses that were not eligible to claim the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure scheme (OHLG).

You can find a list of the businesses that were eligible to apply here and eligibility advice and FAQs here.

To apply, businesses were asked to submit supporting evidence – click here to see what we asked for.



We offered funding under two different schemes, a Hardship Sector Grant and a Start-Up Grant.

For both schemes, applicant organisations must have been based in and able to evidence a permanent trading address within the appropriate district.

Sector Hardship Grant

Businesses operating in the hospitality, leisure and personal care sectors, together with theatres and those operating within events, travel and tourism, and weddings were eligible for the scheme. You can find a full list of eligible businesses here.

Applications for the Sector Hardship Grant were invited from businesses operating primarily within these listed sectors. Businesses were only eligible if their main service fell within one of the above listed business types or sectors.

The main service can be determined by assessing which category constitutes 50% or more of their overall income. Applicants must have been able to evidence that the majority of their revenue is derived from one of the business sector above on request.

Start-up Grant

Applications were also 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 were asked to evidence the date their business was legally established. Applicants must have detailed how their business intended to use the grant funds.



Before beginning an application, we recommended reading through our Eligibility Advice and FAQs. Please note, this document offers advice on acceptable evidence for the scheme.

Timeline grants

Opened: Midday on 2 February 2022

Closed: Midday on 9 February 2022

Fraud check completion: February and March 2022

Eligibility reviews: February and March 2022

Decision communication: March 2022

All payments for the schemes were completed ahead of 31 March 2022.

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