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Coronavirus (COVID-19) business support grants

Financial support for certain businesses was announced by the Chancellor on March 17, 2020. Not all businesses will be eligible for this financial support.

An additional discretionary business grant fund was announced on May 1 2020, to support small businesses with high fixed property costs that do not meet the eligibility criteria for the existing grant schemes.

You can check if you are eligible for a grant, find out what types of grant are available, apply for a grant and find out about how your application will be processed.

Check if you're eligible for a grant

You can apply for a grant if you receive business rate relief and meet the criteria set out below.

Grants available

Retail, hospitality and leisure grant fund

  • to support those businesses in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector
  • a one-off cash grant of £25,000 to eligible businesses with rateable values between £15,001 and £50,999
  • a one-off cash grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses with rateable values up to and including £15,000
  • eligible businesses will receive one grant per business property

Small business grant fund

  • to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBRR), rural rate relief (RRR) and tapered relief
  • a one-off £10,000 grant will be available for businesses who qualify for Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief to help meet their ongoing business costs. The maximum rateable value limit is £15,000

Further information is available regarding small business rates relief and if you are eligible.

Discretionary business grant fund

  • to support small businesses that have high fixed property costs, but are not eligible for the above grant funds
  • a one-off grant of up to £10,000 will be available for businesses who meet the national and local criteria
  • eligible businesses will receive one grant per business (not one per property)

Apply for a small business grant or retail, leisure and hospitality grant

IMPORTANT NOTE: We need you to provide your 8-digit reference number from your business rates bill to complete your grant application.

Please ensure you have your reference number to hand. Your reference number begins with 5 and appears on any of your rates bills, you do not need your most recent bill.

This is an important security measure to protect the applicant against the risk of fraud and to ensure that we can validate the recipient’s identity and entitlement to the grant.

For security reasons we are not able to give this information out over the phone, but can issue a duplicate bill to your registered business address if required.

Whether you are applying for a 'Cash grant for retail hospitality and leisure' or 'Small business grant funding' you use the same form.

Apply for a business support grant

How your application is processed

We hope to receive an initial sum of funding from government on or around March 27, 2020.

  • if we have received your completed form, and we have been able to verify that the form has been submitted by the person who according to our records is the ratepayer in respect of the business property on March 11, 2020, we will be able to process your grant payment
  • we will check if you are eligible for a payment against the criteria laid out by government
  • you will receive a confirmation e-mail when your application has been validated and processed

Discretionary business grant

Discretionary Business Grant Fund eligibility criteria (PDF 215KB / 10 pages)

Applications opened on Monday 1 June 2020 at midday for two full weeks.

Applications for our discretionary business grant application scheme are now closed as of Monday 15 June at midday.

We can confirm that we will be releasing a second round of applications, as we have allocated all of the discretionary grant funding received through the first round.

For those who have submitted an application, you will be notified of the decision week commencing 29 June, with payments expected during this week. If you have not heard anything by 6 July, please contact us directly.

How your application is processed

  • we will check if you are eligible for a payment against the criteria laid out by government
  • you will receive a confirmation email if your application has either been approved, including the amount you have been awarded
  • you will receive a confirmation email if your application has been declined, including a reason why you are not eligible

Completing the online form does not mean a business is eligible for the grants available.

We understand that this is a difficult time and would like to thank all our businesses for their patience throughout these grant schemes.

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