Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is the discretionary scheme, intended for businesses that are not covered by other grant schemes or where additional funding is needed.

2021 National Lockdown ARG:

  1. Allerdale
  2. Barrow
  3. Carlisle
  4. Copeland
  5. Eden
  6. South Lakeland

Please note that many Local Authorities are using information submitted from previous grants and therefore businesses which have already received funding may not need to reapply. We recommend checking the website of the relevant council.


Kickstart Jobs Scheme

The Government’s support for young people at risk of long-term unemployment remains open and Cumbria Tourism has already made its first application on behalf of local businesses. As you plan ahead be aware that this scheme is open for two years and there is still time to register your eligible vacancies and receive funding to employ a 16-24 year old on a 6-month placement for 25 hours a week, as well as funding for training and uniform costs.

Learn more and register your vacancies at or contact Jonny Winter at


We aim for the advice and links on this page to be as clear and up to date as possible but we understand things can be confusing. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions and we will help as much as we can. Our Strategic partners Lamont Pridmore have also created this handy breakdown of what support is available.

Will employees be entitled to any financial support if they are asked to self-isolate?

People may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme if they are required to stay at home and self-isolate. Local authorities will be putting arrangements in place to make these payments, with further details to be made available shortly.

To be eligible, they must meet all the following criteria:

  • You have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
  • You are employed or self-employed
  • You cannot work from home and will lose income as a result
  • You are claiming at least one of the following benefits: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credits, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit or Housing Benefit.

Contract cancellations and refunds due to COVID-19

As part of its ongoing investigation into the cancellation of tourism-related contracts, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has updated its statement on consumer protection law in relation to cancellations and refunds due to coronavirus.

The CMA says that consumers will generally be entitled to a refund when they have paid money in advance for services or goods that cannot be provided because of the coronavirus pandemic. It has now provided more detail on issues such as the difference between lockdown laws and government guidance, and their impact on cancellations and refunds.

With local lockdowns likely to continue, it is important that tourism businesses are aware of this statement. See the full statement and read the official press release

Government Business Support Hub

The Government has set up an online Business Support Hub detailing the full range of measures currently  available.

Further Advice

ACAS Advice (Employment Support to protect staff)

HMRC Time to Pay (Tax Helpline, call 0800 0159 559)

Companies House (if you need more time to file your company accounts)

Licensing Permissions for Pubs and Restaurants



For further information

Contact Reception on
01539 822222 or