Do you have business premises?
If your answer is yes, then you may qualify for Grant Support from your local authority.
Update: This scheme closed to Scottish business on 10 July 2020. The scheme is due to close to English businesses on 31 August 2020.
What you will need to claim your grant
Your latest business rates invoice, showing your rates reference.
For those qualifying for Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR)
- You will be eligible for a £10,000 one off cash grant. If you applied for Nursery Relief or Disabled Relief but are eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme you can also get this grant.
For those businesses in the Hospitality, Retail and Leisure Sectors
- If your Rateable Value (RV) is under £15,000 (£18,000 in Scotland) you will be eligible for a £10,000 one off cash grant.
- If your Rateable Value (RV) is between £15,001 – £51,000 (£18,001 – £51,000 in Scotland) you will be eligible for a £25,000 one off cash grant.
- Scottish retail, hospitality and leisure businesses will get 100% rates relief. To get this relief, a property has to be occupied. Ratepayers will need to apply to their Local Authority for this relief.
Applications for the grants are now live. Please check your local authority website to download the necessary form to complete.
Local Authority updates
- Carlisle City – will write to eligible business
- South Lakeland
These webpages include a link to the Business Support Grant application form that all eligible businesses should complete.
Further support for Scottish businesses
From 5 May 2020, if you have more than one property, you can apply for a grant for each eligible property.
This means you may be able to get a £10,000 or £25,000 grant for one property. Then each additional property may be eligible for a Small Business Support Grant of £7,500, or a Retail, Hospitality, Leisure Support Grant of £18,500.
For multiple properties you need to make a separate application for each eligible property.
You can apply for this additional grant through your local authority website in Scotland.
Coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund
Please note that the Discretionary Fund closed on 15 June 2020.
On 29 May, the Government published full guidance regarding the Discretionary Grant Fund (DGF).
The DGF has been developed to support small and micro businesses that have not eligible for other grant schemes despite being negatively impacted by the pandemic.
Businesses must apply for the grant before midday on Monday 15 June 2020.
In order to be eligible for a grant from the fund your business must meet the following criteria:
- Be based in England
- Have fewer than 50 employees
- Have fixed building costs, such as rent, or a mortgage (below £51,000 per year)
- Was trading on 11 March 2020
- Been adversely impacted by the coronavirus
- Is not in administration or have an active strike off proposal against it
- Have not received funding from another grant scheme (excluding the Self Employed Income Support Scheme), including but not limited to:
- Small Business Grant Fund
- Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
- Dairy Hardship Fund
Local authorities have been asked by the Government to prioritise businesses such as:
- Bed and breakfasts that pay council tax instead of business rates
- Charity properties that receive charitable business rates relief
- Small businesses in shared offices or units in industrial parks
To apply please visit your local authority website, you can fill in an application form and your local council will then decide whether to offer you a grant.
Please find your local authority link below:
If you require any assistance with your application, please give us a call.