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Cash grants for businesses (COVID-19)

The government has made cash grants available to support small businesses and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors through the period of disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). Only one grant can be awarded per property. 

You may be able to get a discretionary business grant if you do not fall under these categories.

How we will pay the grant

We have identified businesses that can get a cash grant and have written to them. If you have not received a letter from us and think you should get a grant, please contact the business rates team.

We have now made all payments to eligible business who usually pay their business rates by Direct Debit.

If you don’t pay by Direct Debit, you can give us the details we need to pay your cash grant.

Please don't send us your bank details in any other way, as it will mean your payment is delayed.

The online form will ask you to provide:

  • a copy of a recent bank statement for the account you want the payment to be made to (this can be a photograph or screenshot, if you don't have a digital copy)
  • your company postcode - this must be the postcode on your business rates bill
  • your company registration number and VAT registration number, if this applies, and
  • your business rates account reference (you can find this on your most recent business rates bill - please do not contact us to ask for it, we will not give it out over the phone).

When you've submitted your form, it may take up to five working days for the payment to reach your bank account, but in most cases it will be quicker than this. Please wait at least five working days before contacting us to chase payment.

For more information on applying for a grant, see our business cash grants frequently asked questions.

Small business grant

The small business grant is a support payment of £10,000 for small businesses. To qualify for this grant, the business must:

  • have been liable for business rates on the property on 11 March 2020
  • have qualified for small business rate relief or rural rate relief on 11 March 2020
  • have a rateable value of under £15,000.

Retail, hospitality and leisure grant

The retail, hospitality and leisure grant is a support payment for businesses with a rateable value of less than £51,000 who are eligible for the expanded retail discount.

  • Businesses with a rateable value of up to £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000.
  • Businesses with a rateable value between £15,001 and £50,999 will receive a grant of £25,000. 

To qualify for this grant, the business must:

  • have been liable for business rates on the property on 11 March 2020
  • have qualified for the expanded retail discount on 11 March 2020, had the scheme been in place on this date
  • have a rateable value of under £51,000. 

Charities and not-for-profit organisations that don’t usually pay business rates because they get other reliefs will be eligible for the retail, hospitality and leisure grant if their business falls within these sectors.

Businesses that are excluded from the grant schemes

  • Properties occupied for personal use (like beach huts, private stables, loose boxes and moorings). 
  • Car parks and parking spaces.
  • Businesses that were dissolved or in liquidation on 11 March 2020. 

Changes to the rateable value of your property 

If the Valuation Office Agency makes any change to the rateable value of your property after 11 March 2020 or a change is backdated to include 11 March 2020, you will not be eligible for a grant.

However, if the rateable value is changed after you receive your grant, meaning you are no longer eligible for it, we will not recover the grant from you.

If we know that the rating list was incorrect on 11 March 2020, we can withhold payment of a grant or we can choose to pay it to the person that would have received it if the list had been correct.

To receive a grant, you must show on our records as being the ratepayer of the property on 11 March 2020. If we believe our records might be wrong, we can withhold payment of the grant until reasonable steps have been taken to confirm the identity of the correct ratepayer.

If it is found that a person was not liable for business rates on 11 March 2020, we will recover any grant incorrectly paid.  Landlords and managing agents may be asked to help us make sure we have the correct ratepayer details.

State aid

State aid law is the means by which the European Union regulates state funded support to businesses.

Payment of a grant is subject to state aid limits. If you have already received elements of state aid in this or the previous two financial years that could put you over the temporary €800,000 limit, you will need to complete a state aid declaration before we can pay any grant to you. 

We may also ask you to complete a state aid declaration if we think that you may already be over the limit, or if any grant paid may take you over the limit.

Find out more about state aid on GOV.UK

The government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to repayment.