Please note: The Government are responding to the crisis and measures and announcements are changing constantly.  This page is based on the Guidance for the Grants as at 24 March 2020.

Small Business Relief Grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

The Government have provided details of the scheme of Grants announced for Small Businesses and those in the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors.

Please read the Government guidance on eligibility to the scheme.

The eligibility of the scheme is based on the rate relief that your business was receiving on 11 March 2020. If you were not liable for Business Rates on that date, or you were not receiving one of the relevant reliefs, you will not be eligible to claim the Grant.

Am I eligible?

 Small Business Grant Funding Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Funding
Eligible for Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief on 11 March 2020 (shown on your 2020 bill)Eligible for Retail Discount on 11 March 2020 (shown on your 2020 bill)
Occupier and person liable to pay the business rates on 11 March 2020Occupier and person liable to pay the business rates on 11 March 2020
Property occupied for business use (rather than personal use*) on 11 March 2020Property occupied for business use (rather than personal use*) on 11 March 2020
Rateable value of less than £51,000 on 11 March 2020Rateable value of less than £51,000 on 11 March 2020
Not a car park or parking spaceNot a car park or parking space
You and/or your company is not in liquidation or dissolved as of 11 March 2020You and/or your company is not in liquidation or dissolved as of 11 March 2020

Who can claim the grant?

The grant recipient should be the person / company who is the ratepayer of the property on 11 March 2020 provided that they meet the above criteria.

If your circumstances changed prior to the 11 March and you have not notified us, such as your lease or ownership ended, or you ceased occupation of the property and are therefore no longer eligible for Small Business Rates Relief, Retail Discount or Rural rate Relief you should NOT continue to apply for the grant.

Can I decline the grant?

If you are eligible but do not wish to claim the grant, you can decline it. Please let us know using the button below, and select "Decline the grant" from the drop-down menu.

Knowing that you do not need the grant and do not wish to apply means that we can concentrate on the businesses that do need our help.

Decline the Grant

State Aid

Any Grant award is required to comply with the EU law on State Aid, where you cannot receive 'State Aid' in excess of €800,000, over a three-year period, under the Regulations EC 1407/2013.

State aid is discretionary assistance from a Government body and therefore includes any Retail Discount you already receive from the Council and any Grant under this scheme. Should you be claiming grant for multiple property outside of the Council's area, you will need to complete the declaration below giving details of the other aid you are receiving, and return the form to us.

More information on State Aid can be found at

If the grant award will mean you have received over the State Aid limits, please do not apply for the grant as you will be asked to repay it.

Do not delay in making you online application if the grant will not breach state aid limits, you can notify us of other awards separately.

Apply for the Grant

Please click the button below to apply for the grant. In doing so, you are confirming that:

  • You have read this page carefully;
  • You are the person liable for the Business Rates on 11 March 2020;
  • You occupy the property for business purposes and did so on 11 March 2020;
  • You are eligible for the appropriate Business Rates Relief for your grant;
  • The award will not breach State Aid rules;

Apply Here

What happens next?

We realise how important this grant is to help businesses survive.

We will aim to make a payment to the Business Bank Account you have given in the application within 15 working days.

Should we require anything further from you, we will contact you.

Please note - we will never ask for your bank account details over the telephone.

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