Additional Restrictions Grant Culture Fund
About the fund
This fund closed to new applications on 1 June 2021.
In recognition of the latest national restrictions impacting businesses, we have opened applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Culture Fund. The purpose of the grant fund is to specifically support culture and arts organisations in financial difficulty.
Culture brings life and vitality to our city centre, bringing people together in shared experiences through festivals, events, performances and exhibitions. This positively impacts on our economy through encouraging visitors, supporting business confidence and bringing new types of opportunity to our high streets. Whilst on an individual level participating and engaging in cultural activity supports good health and improves wellbeing.
However, forced closures of venues through Covid restrictions have meant significant loss of revenue within the sector. This has placed many cultural organisations in a precarious financial position. It is recognised that culture has a vital role to play in Derby’s response to the impacts of Covid. The ARG Culture Fund therefore aims to support short-term sustainability of cultural organisations, ensuring they can contribute to Derby’s post-Covid economic and social recovery.
If you have any questions relating to the fund or your application please email the Economic Growth Team.
Who can apply to the ARG Culture Fund?
If you are an organisation whose primary role is to create, present or support creative or cultural activity in Derby you are eligible to apply to the ARG Culture Fund.
Priority will be given to applications from the following:
- Not for profit organisations, particularly those that can demonstrate a track record of delivering social value as well as cultural value in Derby. Social value could include delivering education, health or wellbeing outcomes.
- Organisations in financial difficulty that can demonstrate a proactive approach to ensuring ongoing viability, particularly those accessing funds through Arts Council’s Culture Recovery Fund.
Is the grant subject to tax?
Grant income received by a business is taxable. Therefore, funding paid under this scheme will be subject to tax. Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.
How to apply
We are inviting applications for grants up to £50,000 through the ARG Culture Fund. By exception we will consider grants at a higher level if budget is available and capacity allows. However, due to the limited level of funding available, we encourage organisations to only apply for what they need. Thereby leaving funding in the pot for other organisations in financial difficulty.
- The deadline for submission of ARG Culture Fund applications is 12pm on 1 June 2021.
- We aim to complete assessments and issue decision letters by 30 June 2021.
The level of information we require to assess your application is dependent on the amount of funding you are applying for. We therefore recommend you read through all the questions before starting to complete the form. Consideration of the finance questions should help you determine the level of funding you require for your organisation.
Your application should be based upon your shortfall in fixed business and operational costs for the period 1 April 2021 to 1 April 2022. This funding stream is not intended to support delivery of artistic or creative programmes.
Finance questions are broken down into three sections. The sections you should complete is determined by the level of funding you are applying for. The thresholds are detailed below.
- If you are applying for up to £5,000, please complete section 1 only
- If you are applying for between £5,000 and £25,000, please complete sections 1 and 2
- If you are applying for over £25,000, please complete section 3 only
Only applications over £25,000 should download and complete the ARG Culture Fund Detailed Budget Template.
How to submit an application
- Complete the ARG Culture Fund application form
- If your application is for over £25,000, please also complete the Detailed Budget Template
- Email your completed Culture Fund application form, Detailed Budget Template (if over £25,000) and any other relevant supporting information to the Economic Growth Team.
What happens after you have submitted your application?
On receipt of an application, Derby City Council will undertake an initial eligibility check to determine whether the project can move to assessment. This eligibility check will include the following verification:
- application is fully complete
- eligibility status of applicant.
If your application is incomplete, we will notify you of any outstanding information required. You will be given a set time to return this information. Failure to provide this information within the given time may mean your application does not progress to assessment.
We will use the responses you provide to the Information Questions and Finance Questions to assess whether there is a genuine need for the level of funding requested. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make a clear and concise case to justify their funding request. Following assessment, the grants panel will make one of the following recommendations:
- Fund at the level requested.
- Fund at a lower level than requested.
- Not to fund.
We aim to complete assessments and issue decision letters by 30 June 2021.
What if my application is not approved?
There is no right to appeal and the council's decision is final. We will provide details of why your application was rejected or funded at a lower level than requested within our decision letter.
If you have any questions relating to the fund or your application, please email the Economic Growth Team.
Culture Fund Appendix
Applicable high-level SIC codes
|SIC Code||Business Sector|
|A||Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing|
|B||Mining and Quarrying|
|D||Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply|
|E||Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities|
|G||Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles|
|H||Transportation and Storage|
|I||Accommodation and Food Service Activities|
|J||Information and Communication|
|K||Financial and Insurance Activities|
|L||Real Estate Activities|
|M||Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities|
|N||Administrative and Support Service Activities|
|O||Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security|
|Q||Human Health and Social Work Activities|
|R||Arts, Entertainment and Recreation|
|S||Other Service Activities|
|T||Activities of Households as Employers; Undifferentiated Goods-And Services Producing Activities of Households For Own Use|
|U||Activities of Extraterritorial Organisations and Bodies|
Terms and conditions
1. Subsidy Control message
Subsidy control guidance applies to this scheme, and all recipients are required to comply with the maximum permitted funding under the relevant State aid rules.
Subsidy Control allowances
The EU State aid rules no longer apply to subsidies granted in the UK following the end of the transition period, which ended on 31 December 2020. This does not impact the limited circumstances in which State aid rules still apply under the Withdrawal Agreement, specifically Article 10 of the Northern Ireland Protocol. The United Kingdom remains bound by its international commitments, including subsidy obligations set out in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) with the EU. BEIS Guidance for public authorities explaining the subsidies chapter of the TCA, World Trade Organisation rules on subsidies, and other international commitments can be found at the bottom of this section.
Subsidy allowances are applied to applicants at the level of economic actor, which is defined as an entity or a group of entities constituting a single economic entity regardless of its legal status, that is engaged in an economic activity by offering goods or services on a market.
By accepting this grant, you are doing so on the basis that you satisfy the rules on subsidy allowances. Should you receive a grant and you believe that subsidy allowance rules will have been broken you will need to inform the Council immediately using the email address email@example.com.
View further information on the GOV.UK website about subsidies following the end of the transition period.
2. Anti-fraud statement
Neither the Government nor Derby City Council will accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business or individual caught falsifying records to gain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back.
3. Privacy notice
For details of how the information that you give us can be used, please see the Privacy Notice for Economic Growth.
In completing the application on behalf of the business you will be required to confirm acceptance of the following eligibility criteria:
- Derby City Council reserves the right to verify any claim or associated expenditure by making any checks as permitted under the Economic Growth Privacy Notice.
- Only businesses which are trading are eligible for this scheme.
- Companies that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
- The applicant business is trading at the Billed address.
- The payment details provided are the official business account details for the eligible business.
- If false or misleading information is provided Derby City Council reserve the right to take further action against you including but not limited to the recovery of monies paid to you and/or legal proceedings.
- Derby City Council will make the final decision as to the payment of any grant.
- That any grant I receive must comply with Subsidy Control rules and that should I receive a grant and I believe that Subsidy control rules will have been broken I will inform the Council immediately using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
- I confirm I am consenting to Derby City Council contacting the bank to verify the bank account is that of the business.
- I understand it is my responsibility to tell the Council of any changes in circumstances that may affect my eligibility for grant payments. I understand that if I do not do this it could lead to grants being clawed back and possible legal action if it is found that the failure to report the change is deliberate and/or fraudulent.
- Changes you must tell us about:
- If the business ceases trading
- If the business moves premises
- If the business is subject to voluntary/compulsory liquidation, winding up or strike off proceedings
- If the business directorship changes
- If the bank details you have previously declared change
- If you no longer believe the business is eligible to receive a grant
Please contact the Economic Growth team via e-mail at email@example.com.