COVID-19: Application for Business Rates Grants and information on Business Rates Relief

If you’re business has been affected by Covid-19 you may be eligible for a Business Rates Grant. If you are eligible and receive payment you are not required to pay the £10,000 or £25,000 back, even if you vacate the premises.

Business Rate Grants

Small Business Grant Fund

If you receive the Small Business Rate Relief for an occupied property, including a nursery or childcare facility, you are entitled to a grant payment of £10,000. Please note you must be receiving small business rate relief and not just be paying on the small business multiplier. If you have a VAT number and Company Registration Number please have this to hand along with your Business Rates bill and bank details.

Apply for Small Business Rates Grants

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants

If you have occupied premises in this sector and your rateable value is less than £51,000 you will be eligible for a grant payment.

Examples of such businesses are:

  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
  • for assembly and leisure
  • as hotels, guest & boarding premises and self-catering accommodation
  • estate agents, betting shops. Bingo halls

The above definitions are very broad but if you feel that you are in this sector and have been affected by the Covid-19 situation and the rateable value of your business is less than £51,000 the two levels of grant are:

  • £10,000 for properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or less
  • £25,000 for those businesses with a rateable value greater than £15,000 and less than £51,000

If you have a VAT number and Company Registration Number please have this to hand along with your Business Rates bill and bank details

Apply for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants

In order that payments are received accurately and promptly payment will be by BACs. If you have any further concerns or you do not have any bank details please contact us:

Expanded Retail Discount for Business Rates

Occupied retail, leisure, and hospitality businesses will be awarded a 100% Business Rates relief in 2020/21, meaning there will be no business rates to pay. These awards will be automatically awarded and businesses will be re-billed with zero bills. As the Government has increased the number of businesses eligible for this relief we may need to contact some businesses to confirm eligibility.

If you have not received a zero bill or had contact from us by mid-April and you believe you are eligible please contact us:


Non-local authority providers of childcare will not pay any Business Rates in 2020/21 and will be rebilled for a zero amount. They are eligible for a grant if they were in receipt of the small business rate relief. They are not eligible for a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grant.



Businesses can only get one grant under the Small Business Grant Scheme.

Businesses eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure scheme can claim one grant per eligible property.

No. If a business receives a Small Business Grant, they will not be eligible for a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant on the same property.

Any properties falling within both the Small Business Rate Relief and Expanded Retail eligibility should be awarded one 10k grant. Businesses cannot be awarded both grants on the same property.

If a business is not registered for business rates, they will not get funding through these schemes.

We are currently processing a large number of applications. If you have supplied all the required information to allow us to make payment please allow a minimum of 7 working days for us to process an application and put it into payment. This may take up to 14 working days if we need to verify a claim with you e.g. liability or bank details.

The payment will be made direct into the designated bank account (as supplied in the application form) without any other form of notification, so check your bank balance regularly if you are expecting a grant. 7

The money has been set aside by the Government to help your business and if you are awarded it, it is a grant – which means it doesn’t have to be paid back (unless we discover that the grant has been applied for fraudulently).