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Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund for 2021/22

Application window: May 2-27 2022. 

In December 2021, the Government launched the Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF).

It supports businesses affected by the pandemic that aren't eligible for existing support linked to the business rates system. 

CARF relief is available for the 2021/22 financial year. Find out if you are eligible here.

Please note, if you received Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Relief, Nursery Relief, or you did not have a charge in 2021/22 because you received 100 per cent relief under Small Business Rate Relief, Mandatory Charitable Relief or Discretionary Relief, your business is unable to apply for CARF relief. 


What you will need:

- Your business rates account number

- A copy of your last two audited accounts

- Supporting evidence demonstrating how the business has been adversely impacted by Covid-19, and why the business has been unable to adequately adapt to that impact.

Apply now

Other support and guidance


·        Federation of Small Businesses(link is external)

·        Cumbria Growth Hub(link is external)

·        Cumbria Chamber of Commerce(link is external)

·        Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership(link is external)

·        Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster(link is external)

·        Cumbria Tourism(link is external)

For a Workplace Resource Pack from Public Health England, including inormation on how to manage and report a positive case, workplace testing, and hygiene, click here.

For further information on making a workplace secure, click here.

Tourism businesses

Tourism businesses can also contact our Tourism Officer, Katie Read, at for one-to-one advice on cancellation policies and rights, changes to business rates etc. If you haven't already, please sign up to our Covid-19 Tourism Business emails, by emailing

Food and drink premises

For detailed Government guidance for food businesses click here. This includes coronavirus and food information, food hygiene guidance, employee sickness, social distancing and guidance for takeaways. Our Environmental Health team has also prepared guidance in line with Government advice.


Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has produced an information page and a leaflet on fire safety for businesses.

If you have not been contacted and would like to discuss your trade waste requirements, please email

Find out more about the Government Kickstart Scheme here - it funds employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.