Small Business Grant Fund

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Government have announced support for small businesses, and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

Originally announced in the Budget on 11 March, the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) will be delivered by local authorities in England.

Relief from business rates

The original measures have now been significantly enhanced in light of the business closures as a result of the current pandemic, offering relief from business rates for some sectors and cash grants of £10,000 to £25,000 for all eligible businesses.

This support takes the form of two grant funding schemes: the Small Business Grant
Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund. The schemes are being delivered by Local Authorities – if you are eligible, your Local Authority will be in touch with you to arrange payment.

Central government will provide funding to Local Authorities that are responsible for business rate billing. Those Local Authorities will contact eligible businesses to arrange payment of the grants.

Under the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF), all eligible businesses in England in receipt of either Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rates Relief (RRR) in the business rates system will be eligible for a payment of £10,000.

Under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG), eligible businesses in England in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for a cash grants of £10,000 or £25,000 per property.

Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of up to and including £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000. Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.

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 Eligibility

Businesses with a property that on the 11 March 2020 were eligible for Small Business
Rate Relief (SBRR) Scheme (including those with a Rateable Value between £12,000 and £15,000 which receive tapered relief).

Businesses 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 property.

Exclusions to Small Business Grant Fund

You cannot receive SBGF for:

Properties occupied for personal uses, such as private stables and loose boxes, beach huts, and moorings
Car parks and parking spaces

Businesses which as of 11 March were in liquidation or were dissolved will also not be
eligible.

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Eligibility

Properties which on 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, are eligible for the grant. Charities which would otherwise meet this criteria but whose bill for 11 March had been reduced to nil by a local discretionary award should still be considered to be eligible for the RHLG. Recipients will receive one grant per eligible property.

Exclusions to RHLG

You cannot receive RHLG for:

Properties occupied for personal uses, such as private stables and loose boxes, beach huts, and moorings
Car parks and parking spaces

Businesses which as of 11 March were in liquidation or were dissolved will not be eligible. Eligible recipients will receive one grant per property. Recipients cannot receive both SBGF and RHLG on the same property.

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