COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

Last Updated: 22 August 2022

Businesses can apply for Covid-19 additional relief, we have extended the deadline and can accept applications until 04 September 2022.

We have been awarded £2,109.829 as part of a £1.5bn package of government support for businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic but not eligible to apply for existing Business Rates support.

Relief can be awarded on 2021/2022 business rates to those businesses who were adversely affected by the pandemic but unable to adequately adapt to that impact.

We have devised our local, discretionary, policy for the scheme and we recommend that you read this first to decide whether you are eligible: Policy for the granting of CARF Discretionary Non-Domestic Rate Relief (PDF 301KB / 13 pages)

COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF): local authority guidance provides government guidance about the scheme.

We cannot award relief in the following circumstance:

  • businesses that do not have a charge to pay in the 2021/2022 financial year due to the receipt of other reliefs
  • businesses in receipt of, or eligible for, the Expanded Retail Discount and the Nursery Discount, for example: shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs, hotels, self-catering accommodation
  • businesses that are not in occupation in the 2021/2022 financial year
  • businesses who have already received the maximum amount of subsidy allowed
  • businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made
  • hereditaments occupied by billing authorities, certain governing authorities, for example: a parish or county council
  • other exclusions as listed in the policy

Apply for Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund

Once the application window closes on 04 September 2022, applications will be considered in line with our policy and we will decide the level of relief taking account of the overall amount of funding that has been allocated to the Council for the scheme.