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Business Rates Grant Funding Schemes

In response to the Coronavirus, the Government announced there would be support for:

  • small businesses
  • businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors
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This support will take the form of two grant funding schemes the

  • Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF)
  • Retail and Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLG)

Small Business Grant Fund

Under the Small Business Grant Fund all businesses in England in receipt of:

  • Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR)
  • Rural Rates Relief (RRR) in the business rates system

will be eligible for a payment of £10,000 in line with the eligibility criteria.

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant 

Under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) businesses in England in receipt or eligible of the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for the following cash grants per property.

  • A property that has a rateable value of up to £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000, in line with the eligibility criteria. View the eligible businesses in these sectors.
  • A property that has a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000, in line with the eligibility criteria. View the eligible businesses in these sectors

Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or over are not eligible for this scheme.

Businesses which are not ratepayers in the business rates system are not included in this scheme.

Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF)

  • Business Rate assessments included in this scheme are those which on the 11 March 2020 were eligible for relief under the business rate Small Business Rate Relief Scheme.  This includes those with a Rateable Value between £12,000 and £15,000 which receive tapered relief.
  • Business Rate assessments which on 11 March 2020 were eligible for relief under the rural rate relief scheme are also eligible for this scheme.
  • Eligible recipients will receive one grant per hereditament.

Non-Domestic assessments that are not eligible for Small Business Rate Relief are excluded. This includes those eligible for the Small Business Rate Multiplier.

Exclusions to Small Business Grant Fund

  • Business Rate assessments occupied for personal uses. Examples of where there may be personal use include:
    • private stables and loose boxes
    • beach huts and moorings
    • car parks and parking spaces

Businesses which as of the 11 March 2020 were in liquation or were dissolved will not be eligible.

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG)

Business Rate assessments which on the 11 March 2020

  • had a rateable value of less than £51,000 and
  • would have been eligible for a discount under the business rates Expanded Retail Discount Scheme had that scheme been in force for that date

are eligible for the grant. 

Eligible recipients will receive one grant per hereditament.

Exclusions to RHLG

  • Business Rate assessments occupied for personal uses.  Examples of where there may be personal use include:
    • private stables and loose boxes
    • beach huts and moorings
    • car parks and parking spaces
  • Business Rate assessments with a rateable value of over £51,000.

The person who is the registered ratepayer in respect of the hereditament on the 11 March 2020 will be eligible for this funding.

The local authority

  • may withhold or recover the grant
  • take reasonable steps to identify the correct ratepayer

where they believe that the information that they hold about the ratepayer on the 11 March 2020 is inaccurate

Landlord and management agents are urged to support local government in quickly identifying the correct ratepayer. 

Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution. Any funding issued will be subject to claw back. The grant is for the ratepayer and may be liable for recovery if the recipient was not the ratepayer on the eligible day.

Any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the hereditament) after the 11 March 2020 will not be eligible for the grant.  This includes changes which have been backdated to this date.

Local Authorities are not required to adjust, pay or recover grants where the rating list is subsequently amended retrospectively to the 11 March 2020.

We are writing to all the businesses that according to our records might qualify for a grant fund payment. If you have not received a letter by 6 April and think you should qualify please contact us.

Contact us using our online contact form 

Or contact us on 0300 1234 171

The Government plans to pay the funds to local authorities at the start of April.

Ratepayers who qualify for payments should start to receive payments very shortly.