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See the latest news and get more information regarding coronavirus (Covid-19). Find out more about the help for affected businesses, charities -including details of our discretionary grant scheme - and individuals. Please use our online forms, webchat, app and phone number to contact us. Our offices remain closed to the public. 


Coronavirus (Covid-19) business support grants 

We are administering two types of grants using money from the government. 

Not all businesses will be eligible for this financial support, however, there is other help available.

The government announced a grant scheme early into the coronavirus pandemic. This was later extended so that more businesses could benefit, through the discretionary grant scheme.

Therefore the grants available are:

  • Small business; and Retail, hopitality and leisure grants
  • Discretionary grant scheme

Grants available 

Small business grant funding 

  • 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 which qualify for small business rate relief (SBBR) or rural rate relief (RRR) to help meet their ongoing business costs. The maximum rateable value limit is £15,000 

Cash grant for retail, hospitality and leisure 

  • 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 £15,000 (and not in receipt of either small business rate relief (SBBR) or rural rate relief (RRR)) 

Please note that eligible businesses will receive one grant per business property. 

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

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

Once you have completed your form and we have verified 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.  

Discretionary grant scheme

A discretionary grant scheme has been set up for certain small businesses and organisations which are outside the scope of the small business grant funding scheme or the retail, hospitality and leisure scheme.

Find out more about our discretionary scheme

Clarification on tax situation

The government clarified on 24 April 2020 that the grant is taxable. The guidance states:

  • Grant income received by a business is taxable, therefore the Small Business Grants, and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants will be subject to tax
  • Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

Other information

We will check if you are eligible for a payment against the criteria laid out by government. 

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

Please allow us time to complete the verification process. We would ask you to be patient in not following-up by telephone as this will result in grants taking longer to process. We will contact you if we need to clarify anything.

We understand that this is a difficult time and we are doing everything we can to get the payments to you as soon as we can. 

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