Grants for businesses
Our business grant form is now live.
Please make sure you follow the instructions very carefully and add the information EXACTLY as it is laid out on your business rates bill.
Please ensure you have the following information with you before you start your application:
- The name of the business as it appears on your business rates bill
- Evidence of your business bank statement (a screenshot of either your paper statement or online banking statement) showing your account details and recent transactions
- Your business rates reference number (if you don’t have this to hand, please call our Customer Services team on 01271 327711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Your VAT number if VAT registered
- Your company number if a limited company
Once the form is submitted, it will tell you if you are eligible for a grant or not.
The grants are to support the many small businesses which pay little or no business rates because of Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR). The government has promised to provide £10,000 cash grants to businesses across the country which are currently eligible for either SBRR or Rural Rate Relief, to help meet their ongoing business costs.
A £25,000 grant will also be provided to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses operating from smaller premises, with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.
If you're having any problems with the form, please email our Business Rates team on email@example.com.
Discretionary grants scheme
The government has announced that they are setting up a discretionary grants fund for businesses that fall outside of the first Covid-19 business grant scheme. We are currently waiting for the guidance from the government on how these further grants should be administered although the pot of money is relatively small, around 5% of the previous business grant scheme. These further grants will be aimed at small businesses who must be able to demonstrate that they have seen a significant drop of income due to Coronavirus restriction measures and therefore the grants are likely to be targeted at the worst hit sectors of the local economy.
Full government guidance is available on their business support pages.