Coronavirus, Covid-19

Small Business Grants

Information last updated: 15:00, 08 April 2020

Support for businesses that pay little or no business rates

The government will provide additional Small Business Grant Scheme funding for local authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBBR), rural rate relief (RRR) and tapered relief. This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs.

Eligibility

You are eligible if:

  • your business is based in England
  • you are a small business and already receive SBBR and/or RRR
  • you are a business that occupies property

How to access the scheme

You do not need to do anything. Your local authority will write to you if you are eligible for this grant.

Guidance for local authorities on the scheme will be provided shortly.

Any enquiries on eligibility for, or provision of, the reliefs and grants should be directed to the relevant local authority.

FAQs

The most common asked questions relating to the COVID-19 business grants.

Who's eligible for the coronavirus business grant?

There are two types of business grants available:

  • The Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF)
  • The Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF).

There are four schemes available for the countries of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and the schemes are all based on providing grants to businesses that occupy a premise (both owned and rented) and receive a form of rate relief.

You will be eligible if:

  • Your business is in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief as of 11th March 2020
  • You are a business that occupies property.

How do I apply for a coronavirus business grant?

There is no mandatory application process in applying for either of the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) or the Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF). Your local authority will write to you if you are eligible for this grant with information on how to claim in. If you have enquiries on your eligibility you should direct these to your relevant local authority.

What government grants are available for small businesses affected by coronavirus?

The business grant schemes were announced at Budget on 11 March 2020, and the level of funding was increased in a statement from the Chancellor on 17 March 2020. There are two types of business grants available:

The Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF)

The SBGF offers £10,000 for all businesses in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief. This is a one-off grant to businesses to help meet their ongoing business cost.

The Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF).

The RHLGF provides businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a grant of up to £25,000 per property. If your property has a rateable value of £15,000 and under you will receive a grant of £10,000 and if it has a rateable value of between 25,000 and 51,000 you will receive a grant of £25,000.

How much is my business entitled to under the coronavirus grant support scheme?

Under the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF), if your business is in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief as of 11th March 2020 or you are a business that occupies property you will be eligible to a one-off payment of £10,000. Under the Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF), if your property has a rateable value of £15,000 and under you will receive a grant of £10,000 and if it has a rateable value of between 25,000 and 51,000 you will receive a grant of £25,000.

When will I receive my COVID-19 grant?

Where businesses do not pay by Direct Debit for business rates, Local Authorities must call or write to all eligible businesses with information on how to claim this grant. Give that the majority of businesses are now working from home, it's advisable to check your local councils website for further details and to apply online.

Make sure you have the following details to help process your grant as quickly as possible:

  • Business rates account number (this will be on your last statement and is a nine digit number)
  • Business name
  • VAT registration number (if you aren't VAT registered select no and please leave blank)
  • Company registration number (from Companies House website or you can search on the page)
  • Full business address
  • Name, contact number and email address plus your relationship to the business (all mandatory fields)
  • Bank sort code
  • Account number
  • Name on the account

Do I have to pay the grant back?

No. The coronavirus grant is a scheme has been set up to help businesses through the current crisis.

What can I use the grant for?

You can use your grant to help fund your business overheads to help assist in keeping your business afloat.

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