Health and wellbeing Coronavirus - Businesses and employers

Grants for businesses

Last updated 9.02am, Monday 27 July

As of 23 July, 8,064 grants have been paid out, worth £101.9 million  

Government has confirmed that the three grant schemes will close on 28 August 2020, this includes the Small Business Rates Grant scheme, the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme and the Discretionary Grant scheme.

If you think that you are eligible, but have not yet applied for one of the grants, please do so as soon as possible and before 28 August 2020.

Businesses that do not occupy a separate, self-contained unit and pay an amount to cover their rates to their landlord along with their rent will not normally qualify for a grant under the Small Business Rates or Retail Leisure and entertainment schemes. These businesses may be eligible for grants under a new discretionary scheme announced by the Government business grant checker

Small Business Rates Grant

A grant for businesses that qualify for Small Business Rate Relief

If you received Small Business Rate Relief for 2019/20 you may also be able to get a Small Business Rates Grant of £10,000. Check your latest business rates bill (sent to you in early March 2020) to see if you got Small Business Rate Relief. If you did:

If you didn’t get Small Business Rate Relief in 2019/20 but the rateable value of your property is £15.000 or less you will have to complete two forms so that we can check if you can have a Small Business Rates Grant:

To apply you must complete both forms:

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

A grant for businesses already getting Retail Discount.

You may be entitled to a grant if you would have been in receipt of Expanded Retail Discount on 11 March 2020. Expanded Retail Discount covers retail, hospitality and leisure.

To apply for the grants where you are not the person currently registered for business rates

We have to make you liable for business rates before we can pay you any grant, so as well as completing forms as instructed above you must also complete a supplementary Occupation Form.

You must also enclose the following with the form:

  • a copy of your signed lease
  • a written statement from your landlord to confirm that you were in exclusive possession of the business rates property on 11 March 2020
  • a copy of a utility bill in your name dated before 11 March 2020
  • proof that you applied for public liability insurance before 11 March 2020
  • any other information that you wish to submit to support that you should have been held liable for business rates on 11 March 2020

Where to send your completed forms

All completed forms and supporting evidence should be emailed to

In all cases please only complete and send each form once. 

It may take longer than usual to respond as we are expecting a large demand.

Your questions answered

Q   Am I entitled to a grant?

A   Entitlement information is available here.


Q   How will I receive my grant?

A   This will usually be paid direct into your businesses bank account


Q   How long will it take to process my application?

A   We will process your application as quickly as possible, but we we expect a large number of applications in a short period of time


Q   If my application is declined can I appeal?

A   If you think we have made a mistake, you should write to us explaining why and we will consider our decision again.


Q   Where can I find more detailed information regarding these grants?

A   On the Government's website


Q   If I move out of the property in the next 12 months will I be expected to pay any of the grant back?

A   No


Q   I make one payment to my Landlord which includes rent and rates. Can I claim the Small Business Grant or Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG)?

A   No. Only businesses in receipt of full or partial Small Business Rates Relief or 100% Extended Retail Relief are eligible. 


Q   I have received your letter, but it is not in my name, how do I claim the grant?

A   The letter has been sent to the person/business who is, according to our records, occupying the property. If you have moved in and not informed the Council, the previous occupant will still be on our system. You must reply to us as described on the letter and include the necessary  documents. We may be able to pay you the Small Business Rates Grant


Q   I have not received any correspondence but believe I am entitled to a grant, how can I claim?

A   You need to complete an application and we will consider your application


Q   Can I appeal against my Rateable Value to get it reduced so that I qualify for a grant?

A   You can appeal if you wish. However the guidance we have received from Central Government says “Any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the hereditament) after the 11 March 2020 including changes which have been backdated to this date should be ignored for the purposes of eligibility.” This means that even if your RV is reduced effective from a date prior to 11 March 2020, you will not be eligible for a  grant.


Q   Can I get more than one grant?

A   Each unit can only receive one grant. If your business occupies more than one property you may be eligible for more than one Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant.


Q   Can I employ an agent to apply for these grants?

A   You can if you wish but you do not have to. If you choose to employ an agent we will only accept the application if the completed forms are signed by the ratepayer, or, if a company, by an officer or employee of the ratepayer.


Q   Can the grant be made payable to a third party ?

A   No. The grant will only be paid to the ratepayer named on our records


Q   I have more than one business. Is there a maximum amount of grant I can claim?

A   You can claim one grant for each premises if you are eligible. The amount you receive will depend on the number of outlets your business has and their rateable value.


Q   If I move into a premises after 11 March 2020 can I still claim the grant?

A   No, the guidance from central government makes it clear that businesses must be in occupation on 11 March 2020 to qualify for the grants.


Q   I am self-employed and work from home, do I qualify for the Small Business Rates Grant?

A   If you are not receiving the small business rates relief against your business rates account, then you will not qualify for this grant.


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