COVID - Funding

Updated - 6 October 2021

Cheshire West and Chester Council has been awarded further allocation of Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) by Government to help businesses recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and to help rebuild the economy.  Part of the fund will be used for the Extended Restrictions Grants and the remainder will be allocation to provide a programme of wider support.  More details of this programme will be announced over the coming weeks.

Applying for additional restrictions grant

The Government has provided a package of measures to support businesses during the current period of disruption caused by COVID-19 ( guidance link). 

Recovery Loan Scheme

The Recovery Loan Scheme supports access to finance for UK businesses as they grow and recover from the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government guarantees 80% of the finance to the lender. As the borrower, you are always 100% liable for the debt.

The scheme is open until 31 December 2021, subject to review. 


COVID19 - Arts Council England Emergency Response Fund

Link to the full guidance on the ACE emergency funding.

The Arts Council Customer Services Team can help you with the online Grantium form or talk about other ways they can help you.

The phones are closed for the time being but you can contact The Customer Services Team online or email:  

Emergency Response Fund: Organisations (outside the National Portfolio) - Guidance for applicants

Emergency Response Fund: Individuals - Guidance for applicants

COVID19 - Financial Support for Your Business

Coronavirus (COVID‑19) support is available to employers and the self-employed, including sole traders and limited company directors. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants, whether your business is open or closed.

Use the business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.

COVID19 - Financial Support for Sport

Sport England has announced £195 million package to help sport and physical activity through coronavirus.

The money will help their partners, clubs and community organisations cope with the short and long-term impact of the pandemic.

COVID19 - HMRC Time to Pay Scheme

Contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as soon as possible if you have missed your payment.  How you contact HMRC depends on what you need to pay.