Business rates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – financial support for businesses and the self-employed

For information on assistance with business rates and government cash grants for businesses, go to our business rates pages  For those who are self-employed, we are providing financial assistance for the self-employed in the form of deferred council tax payments.

The government is providing a range of measures to support businesses through the period of disruption caused by COVID-19. For details, go to GOV.UK: business support and GOV.UK: financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) discretionary grants

Discretionary grants are separate to other forms of coronavirus (COVID-19) assistance for businesses.

The application process for businesses to claim a discretionary grant closed on 28 June 2020.

We are now in the process of assessing claims and expect to notify all claimants of the outcome by 10 July 2020.

Discretionary Business Grant Scheme

This scheme provides funding for businesses that have suffered a significant fall in income due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown and are unable to access other government grant funding.

The scheme is funded by the government – go to GOV.UK: top-up to local business grant funds.

Who this scheme is for

Grants under this scheme are for:

  • small and micro businesses
  • businesses with relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs
  • businesses that occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000

Applicants will be given priority if they are a:

  • small business in a shared office or other flexible workspace – for example, a unit in an industrial park, a science park or an incubator that does not have its own business rates assessment
  • regular market trader with fixed building costs, such as rent, but without a business rates assessment
  • bed and breakfast that pays council tax instead of business rates
  • charity in receipt of Charitable Business Rates Relief, that would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief

We will also consider applications from businesses broadly similar in nature to those above, who are not eligible for support from other grant schemes.

Businesses may be asked to provide evidence that they had to cease or partially cease trading.

Who isn't eligible

Businesses are not eligible if they can received payment from any of the following schemes:

  • Small Business Grant Fund
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
  • The Fisheries Response Fund
  • Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme (DSSS)
  • The Zoos Support Fund
  • The Dairy Hardship Fund

Businesses are also not eligible if they:

  • are in administration or insolvent, or have a striking-off notice issued against them
  • were not still trading on 11 March 2020

How much funding you will receive

The total amount of funding available is finite. Available funds will be distributed between qualifying applicants.

We reserve the right to reclaim any grant paid in error.