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Coronavirus: business support grants

LAST UPDATE: 27 April 2020

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Government announced that it would provide business grant funding to some small businesses.

Read more about the Government's business support grant funding for businesses

Frequently asked questions about small business support grant funding

Service update: We have written to over 1,200 local businesses who may qualify for a grant payment. These were sent to the billing address that we hold for the business rates account. Emails were also sent to businesses whose contact details we hold. If you have contacted us with a recent email address, this email address also received details.

To date, we have paid over £10 million in grants to local businesses. This is 70% of the £14.9 million we have received from Government to fulfil local grant applications.

Read more about Council payments to local businesses

Apply for a business support grant

Scheme 1: Small businesses eligible for small business rate relief or rural rate relief will qualify for a grant of £10,000.

Apply for £10,000 grant payment (scheme 1)

Apply for a retail, hospitality and leisure grant

Scheme 2a: Providing a grant of £10,000 to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with a rateable value up to £15,000.

Apply for £10,000 grant payment (scheme 2a)

Scheme 2b: Providing a grant of £25,000 to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses operating from smaller premises, with a rateable value over £15,000 and below £51,000.

Apply for £25,000 grant payment (scheme 2b)

Grant conditions

State aid rules apply to the above schemes, and on the application form a declaration must be made that you have not received more than €800,000 in state aid over a rolling three year period. If you have received more than €800,000 over the last three years then you are not entitled to a grant.

Any grant paid is for the business rates payer, if the recipient of the grant is not the ratepayer on 11 March 2020, we may take action to recover the amount of the grant.