The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) will be paid out for every period that Carlisle is under national or local Tier 3 restrictions.
Funded by the government, the scheme will be administered for the Carlisle area by Carlisle City Council. It is a discretionary grant scheme for businesses that have been severely affected by the current lockdown restrictions but have not been legally required to close. In addition, businesses that are legally required to close but do not pay business rates, so are not eligible for LRSG, may also qualify.
The criteria and online application form are available at
PLEASE NOTE: This grant is
not for businesses mandated to close by government as of 5 November which are liable for business rates in Carlisle, such businesses should apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed).
Local Restrictions Support Grant due to national restrictions (for closed businesses)
Businesses that were open as usual, but were then required to close between 5 November and 2 December 2020 due to the national restrictions imposed by government may be eligible for a grant under the scheme for LRSG (Closed) Addendum.
Eligible businesses may be entitled to a cash grant for each 28 days period under national restrictions.
When national restrictions are introduced and businesses are required to close, other mandatory grant schemes are superseded by LRSG (Closed) Addendum.
An online application form is available here:
Your business may be eligible if it:
For example, this could include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses. It could also include businesses that operate primarily as an in-person venue, but which have been forced to close those services and provide a takeaway-only or collection service instead.
Eligible businesses can get one grant for each non-domestic property.
A list of the businesses required to close is available at
Businesses excluded from the fund
You cannot get funding under the grant scheme if:
You must us if your situation changes and you no longer meet the eligibility criteria.
If you already get state aid
LRSG (Closed) Addendum counts towards the total de minimis state aid you’re allowed to get over a 3-year period - €200,000.
If you have reached the de minimis threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the
COVID-19 Temporary Framework. The limit for this framework is €800,000.
You will need to complete a declaration confirming that:
The undertaking in difficulty test does not apply to small and micro undertakings (less than 50 employees and less than €10 million of annual turnover or annual balance sheet), unless any of the following apply:
What you get
The grant will be based on the rateable value of the property on the first full day of restrictions.
If your business has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £1,334 for each 28-days qualifying restrictions period.
If your business has a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £2,000 for each 28-days qualifying restrictions period.
If your business has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £3,000 for each 28-days qualifying restrictions period.
If your business has not closed, support may be available through the Council’s Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG). The criteria and online application form are available at
Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to businesses:
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We are providing local businesses with free access to its local business support and grant portal provided by Open4Business. This is tailored for the Carlisle area and includes local, regional and national schemes. Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business. Visit the portal at
The government’s ‘support finder’ tool helps businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic.
The link is here.
NHS Test and Trace
Venues such as pubs, restaurants, hair salons and cinemas are now required by law to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff in the latest move to stop the spread of coronavirus.
NHS COVID-19 app launched on Thursday 24 September in England and Wales, including QR check-in at venues.
Designated businesses and organisations, including hospitality, close contact services and leisure venues, will also be legally required to log details of customers, visitors and staff for NHS Test and Trace.
Businesses are now required to display official NHS QR code posters so customers who have downloaded the new NHS COVID-19 app can use their smartphones to easily check-in.
Businesses can download the QR codes via a website -
https://www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster - to display as posters in premises.
Using the COVID-19 app, customers and visitors in England are now able to check-in on entry with their phone instead of filling out a check-in book or tool specific to a business. This will allow NHS Test and Trace to contact customers with public health advice should there be a COVID-19 outbreak.
Services included in the new legal requirements are:
For further details on the announcement please
click here and for guidance on maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace click here.
The government has also prepared a bank of resources.
Click here to view these.
The full list of business settings is listed here.
Carlisle City Council provides a free Vacant Commercial sites (land and premises) search service.
The information is made available with the kind co -operation and help of property owners and commercial agents. The information on each property is based on material supplied by them and you should contact the owner or agent for further information in each case.
Carlisle Enterprise Centre
Carlisle Enterprise Centre is a well-established business complex that offers a range of space including offices, industrial units, catering units and storage space in a secure environment close to the city centre with private parking, 24 hour access, conference suite and meeting rooms. A five minute walk from the city centre and railway station, Carlisle Enterprise Centre gives new and existing businesses the best possible location.
The Council, through Property Services, provides new and small businesses with modern good quality business premises in convenient locations around the City Centre at Denton Holme, Hewson Street, James Street, Port Road and Carlisle Enterprise Centre.
For details of the Council's letting policy and current availability of units, please contact us on 01228 817423 or email [email protected]
Located in the heart of the city of Carlisle, The Lanes shopping centre attracts 11 million customers every year. As the dominant shopping destination in Cumbria it welcomes a broad mix of shoppers: local people, tourists and students, from a wide surrounding catchment area. The proximity to the M6 allows The Lanes to draw in shoppers from South West Scotland
The Council owns the freehold interest in The Lanes and shares in the rents received by the Tenants, CGU Life Assurance Limited (now CGNU).
Details of premises which are available to let in the Lanes Shopping Centre can be obtained on 0161 235 7677 or by visiting www.thelanesshopping.co.uk
The Council has a small portfolio of shops which it manages in the City Centre. For details of availability please contact the Property Services on 01228 817425 or email [email protected]