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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Financial Support for Businesses

On this page you will find information about business grants and financial support available during the Coronavirus pandemic.

NOTE: Our phone lines are extremely busy so please can we ask that you do not call us regarding the status of an application. The most up to date information is available on this page.


Grants being distributed by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Here at the Council we are currently distributing different grants for businesses in the Borough:

  • Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant to support businesses in the hospitality, leisure & accommodation sectors who have been impacted by the COVID-19 Omicron variant. This grant is available for businesses in the sector that pay business rates.
  • Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) a discretionary scheme for businesses severely affected by the restrictions but not covered by other scheme. The grants include:
    • ARG Start-Up Support Scheme - Advice and training from NEEAL for businesses that have been trading for less than 12 months
    • COVID Business Recovery Support Scheme (BRSS) - Business support services for businesses that have been trading for more than 12 months
    • ARG Round 4 Omicron - A grant to support businesses in the hospitality, leisure & accommodation sectors who have been impacted by the COVID-19 Omicron variant. This grant is available for businesses in the sector that pay business rent.

Please note:

If you apply for a grant the Council may need to collect personal data alongside business information to assess whether you are eligible to receive financial support, and if so, to provide a payment to you. As part of the funding requirements set out by the Government, the Council must share some of this data with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for research and evaluation purposes, which may include carrying out surveys.

The information will also be used to carry out checks with our own records, and potentially with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), to validate your application and to prevent and detect fraud.

All information will be stored securely and processed in line with data protection legislation as detailed on the Council’s website.


COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

On 25 March, the Government announced plans to provide an additional business rates support package, worth £1.5 billion, to support businesses in England affected by COVID-19 but not eligible for existing support linked to business rates. Guidance on this support package, the COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF), has now been published. 

The relief will be in the form of a reduction in the business rates bill and Government have advised Local Authorities to direct the relief towards ratepayers who have been adversely affected by the pandemic and have been unable to adequately adapt to that impact. Government has specifically excluded:

  • Businesses who are or would have been eligible for the Extended Retail Discount (covering Retail, Hospitality and Leisure) and the Nursery Discount; and
  • Properties that are unoccupied (other than those closed temporarily due to the government’s advice on COVID-19)

We are working through Government guidance and will update this page with information relating to eligibility, application and payment in the coming weeks.


Financial Support for Businesses

There is a wide range of support available for businesses that experience increased costs or disruptions to their cash flow as a result of COVID-19. This covers loans, tax relief and cash grants. For more information visit the website.

The site also includes a business support finder check that helps you identify all the support that is available for your business, partnership or enterprise.

If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been impacted by coronavirus, then you can visit the website to see if you qualify for grant support.

Or if you would like more information or advice please get in touch:

  • For information about business grants and advice on whether your business may qualify, contact us at [email protected]
  • If you have a query about your business rates please contact [email protected] or call 01642 397 108.