Financial support for businesses affected by coronavirus

Support is available for businesses as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

There are four types of business support:

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Restart Grants

The government have announced a one-off Restart Grant from 1 April 2021 to "help businesses re-open"  in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym/sports sectors. The purpose of the Restart Grant is to support businesses that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the relevant sectors.

You can find out more information below, including which businesses are eligible for the grant and details on how to apply. 

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Business Support Grants

Businesses in the New Forest that are the business ratepayer in occupation of the premises and which have been legally required to close due to national restrictions can apply for a grant for the period 16 February 2021 to March 2021. 

You can find out more information and details on how to apply below.

If you have any queries please contact us at

Discretionary Grants

If you have not been legally required to close your business premises, or you are not a business rate payer, for example your business is based at your home address, you may be eligible for a Discretionary Grant if there is a scheme open and accepting applications. 

Businesses can apply for a Business Support Grant or a Discretionary Grant, but not both.

Additional Restrictions (Discretionary) Grant (ARG) 

When schemes are open and accepting applications, you will find written guidance with the application form to help you to decide which, if any, scheme is appropriate, and if you can meet the requirements of the scheme.

Open for applications: Additional Restrictions (Discretionary) Grant Issue 3: (for the period of restrictions 16 February to 31 March 2021)

For certain types of businesses not eligible for the Business Rates based grants, a new Additional Restrictions (Discretionary) Grant Issue 3 (ARG3) was launched on 31 March 2021. This is a one-off payment in respect of the National Restrictions from 16 February to 31 March 2021.

Using the link to the application form below, you will find guidance and 'Frequently Asked Questions' to help you to decide if this scheme is appropriate to your business, and you can meet the requirements of the scheme.

ANRG 3 will close to new applications at midday on Friday 23 April 2021 or when the fund has been fully allocated, whichever occurs first.

Businesses must able to demonstrate they have been severely impacted by the restrictions from 16 February to 31 March 2021 and operate within one of the following sectors, or in its immediate supply or service chain:

  • business required to close by law, but which are not responsible for the business rates on the premises (and are therefore not eligible for the rates based 'Business Support Grants')
  • business not required to close by law because they are classified as 'Essential businesses' may apply but they must be able to demonstrate the business has been severely impacted by restrictions from the 16 February 2021 onwards
  • businesses in the hospitality, events and leisure sectors
  • businesses in the wider supply and service chain for the above sectors
  • businesses in the manufacturing and engineering sectors and their supply and service chains
  • businesses registered with Fasted that provide childcare.

Businesses can only apply once for an Additional Restrictions (Discretionary) Grant Issue 3 but can apply if they received a grant from the Additional Restrictions (Discretionary) Grant Issue 2 (for the Restrictions from 2 December 2020 to 15 February 2021).

Please note ANRG Issue 1 and ANRG Issue 2 schemes are both closed and as such further applications will not be accepted.

There is no further Discretionary fund support confirmed for any period of restrictions after 31 March 2021. Should this change, we will update businesses via this webpage and via the business enews.

To receive updates about this and other support schemes sign up to our business eNewsletter for updates.

Financial support for NFDC licenced taxi drivers  

New Forest District Council recognises the impact that Covid-19 has had on the New Forest's Hackney Carriage/Private hire drivers.  As such, we have now launched The New Forest Taxi Driver Grant (TDG).   

This is a £1,000 one-off grant for eligible individuals who as at 15 March 2021, held a current and valid Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver licence issued by NFDC.  

Drivers who do not hold a New Forest District Council licence cannot apply to this fund. 

Please Note: Grant payments will be limited to one per individual driver, regardless of whether both a Private Hire and Hackney Carriage licence are held. 

This support is in recognition of a driver's 'fixed business overheads' and is separate from and in addition to any other funding you may have received from the Government, for example through the HMRC Self-Employed Income Support Scheme.  This New Forest Taxi Driver Grant is not intended to provide income support or to cover lost income.  

Further information is available on the application form, accessed via the link below. 

The New Forest Taxi Driver Grant will close to new applications at midday on Friday 7 May 2021. Applications after this date will not be accepted. 

To apply, you will need your unique NFDC Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Driver's licence number and complete the form accessed via the link below  

Please note: The New Forest Taxi Driver Grant (TDG) scheme is administered by the Council's Economic Development team, NOT the Licencing team. If you require assistance with your grant application, please email us at 

Depending on the volume of applications, it may take 4 weeks to process your application. Please do not contact us, or the licencing team, to enquire about the progress of your application and we will contact you if we require further information. Please be assured we will process applications as quickly as possible and you will be notified of the outcome. 

If you require assistance with your Taxi Driver Licence, please email the Licencing Team on 

To receive updates about this and other support, sign up to receive our business support email newsletter and follow us on our Twitter @NFDCBizUpdates.

The Discretionary grants are administered by the Economic Development team. For specific enquiries please email

Visit the GOV.UK website for full details of coronavirus business support grant funding.

Business Rates holiday

Some businesses are eligible for a Business Rates holiday for one year from 1 April 2020.  This has now been extended to 30 June 2021.  From 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 eligible businesses will receive a 66% discount.

You may be eligible for the discount on your Business Rates bill in either of the following circumstances:

  • your business occupies a property in the expanded retail sector
  • your business occupies a property in the leisure or hospitality sectors.

If you are not currently receiving a reduction, please fill in the  Expanded Retail Discount form.

The full discount is available for registered childcare nurseries with providers on Fasted's Early Years Register, who mainly occupy premises for provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

If you're eligible for the discount and haven't received it yet, call us on 01590 646119 or email

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