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Business Rates Government Grants

Government grants to help small businesses meet ongoing costs as part of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Here is the UK government guidance on business support grants funding.

Ratepayers receiving Small Business Relief (SBR) or Rural Relief will receive:

  • a £10,000 grant

Ratepayers in one of the extended retail, hospitality, leisure, assembly, or child care categories will receive:

  • a £10,000 grant where the rateable value is £15,000 or below
  • a £25,000 grant where the rateable value is over £15,000 and less than £51,000. 

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

To qualify for the grant the ratepayer must have been the named liable party for business rates on 11th March 2020.

If you believe you are eligible for a grant, please send us your business and payment details using our Business Rates - Government Grants online form.

We will contact those businesses which we believe are eligible for grants from the government’s assistance package. This may take a few weeks and you are likely to receive a payment more quickly if you complete our online form.

Discretionary Business Grants

A discretionary fund has been set up to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the business rates grant scheme. Businesses which are not ratepayers in the business rates system may be eligible for a Discretionary Business Grant instead.

Apply for a Discretionary Business Grant

Before you start:

You will need:

  • Your business rates reference number (begins 5000---) You cannot apply without a business rates reference number
  • Name of ratepayer (as shown on the rates bill)
  • Bank account number
  • Sort code
  • Name on bank account


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