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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Grant Funding Schemes

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The Government has introduced new grants under its response to COVID-19. The grants will be distributed as widely as possible by the Council.  

To obtain the grant you will need to provide the Council with some information, including your bank details. We will pay the grant directly into your bank account as quickly as possible once we have received the funding from Government.

Grant payments are now being made. When we pay your grant, you will receive an email confirming how much has been paid and when it will appear in your bank account.

BE AWARE: We have been informed that some companies are charging fees to complete the application on behalf of small businesses.

We are not charging any fees for this grant and urge any business owners to contact the business rates team with any queries they may have about the application process. 

Scheme 1 – Small Business Support Grant Fund 

£10,000 will be given through the support grant to: 

  •  properties in receipt of rural rate relief 
  • properties in receipt of small business rate relief  

Exclusions to Small Business Grant Fund:

  • Businesses whose rates are calculated with the small business rate relief multiplier, but who do not receive small business rate relief, will not be eligible
  • Business properties which are occupied for personal use, such as private stables and loose boxes, beach huts and moorings 
  • Car parks and parking spaces 
  • Businesses which as of the 11 March were in liquidation or were dissolved.

You can view a copy of the letter sent to businesses here

To apply for the small business grant under scheme 1 please complete this form

Apply here

Scheme 2 – Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grant Fund 

£10,000 will be given through the grant to businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a rateable value of £15,000 or less.  

£25,000 will be given through the grant to businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a rateable value of over £15,000 and under £51,000.  

Exclusions to Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grant Fund:

  • Business properties which are occupied for personal use, such as private stables and loose boxes, beach huts and moorings
  • Car parks and parking spaces
  • Businesses which as of the 11 March were in liquidation or were dissolved.
  • Properties with a rateable value of over £51,000
  • Only one grant may be awarded per property

You can view a copy of the letter sent to businesses here

To apply for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grant under scheme 2 please complete this form.

Apply here

If you need further information please visit the Government website.

All grants are subject to state aid rules, any grant funding paid may be reclaimed if it does not comply with state aid rules. 

View information on the full range of support announced for businesses and employers.