The government has provided Liverpool City Region Combined Authority with additional funding due to the impact of Covid-19 on the city region economy. This means each local authority will receive a small amount of funding to help businesses severely impacted by the pandemic.

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding is being used for the ‘Trading on Scheme’ and will be administered by each local authority in the city region: Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. The Trading on Scheme budget allocated to Liverpool City Council is £2,592,501.84.

Who can apply?
The Trading on Scheme is for small to medium sized businesses and charities, based in Liverpool City Region, who have been severely impacted as a result of Covid-19.

Businesses and charities that meet all the following criteria can apply:

  • Can accept the grant under Subsidy Control/State Aid rules.
  • Is viable and trading on or before 1st April 2021.
  • Employ globally between 10 and 249 Full Time Equivalents (FTE) working at least 35 hours per week and are on payroll (sub-contracted staff are not counted towards the headcount).
  • Is based and has commercial property-related costs in Liverpool and can evidence 2021 annual rental costs including service charges and annual business rates (where applicable).
  • Must demonstrate the business has been severely impacted as a result Covid-19. You must provide proof, for example, loss of turnover or income. A suitably qualified accounted must also verify this loss by completing the accountant’s letter template (see ‘before you apply’).

Eligible businesses are limited to one grant for the whole business, not for each location. If you have more than one premises in the Liverpool City Region, you must apply to the Local Authority where the highest number of your full-time employees are based.


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