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        Cash grants for businesses

        The government has made cash grants available to support small businesses and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors through the period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

        New applications for these grants will close at 4pm on Friday 28 August 2020.

        Only one grant can be awarded per property.

        How we are paying the grants

        We have identified businesses that qualify for a cash grant and have written to all businesses that qualify. If you have not received a letter from us and think you should qualify for a grant, please contact the Business Rates Team.

        • If you pay by Direct Debit, we paid the grant into the bank account from which you pay your Direct Debit on Tuesday 7 April.
        • If you don’t pay by Direct Debit, you can complete our online business grant form to provide the details we need to pay your grant.

        Please do not send your bank details to us in any other way, as it will significantly delay our ability to process your payment.

        The online form will ask you to provide:

        • a copy of a recent bank statement for the bank account you would like the payment to be made to (this can be a photograph or screenshot, if a digital copy is not available)
        • your company registration number and VAT registration number, if applicable
        • your business rates account reference (this can be found on your most recent business rates bill – please do not contact us to ask for this, we will not give it out over the phone).

        Once you submit your online form, it may take up to ten working days for the payment to reach your bank account, but in many cases it will be quicker than this. Please wait at least ten working days before contacting us to chase your payment.

        For more information about applying for a grant, please see our frequently asked questions about the cash grant scheme

        Small business grant

        The small business grant is a support payment of £10,000 for small businesses. To qualify for this grant, the business must:

        • have been liable for business rates on the property on 11 March 2020
        • have qualified for small business rate relief or rural rate relief on 11 March 2020
        • have a rateable value of under £15,000.

        Retail, hospitality and leisure grant

        The retail, hospitality and leisure grant is a support payment for businesses with a rateable value of less than £51,000 who are eligible for the expanded retail discount

        • Businesses with a rateable value of up to £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000.
        • Businesses with a rateable value between £15,001 and £50,999 will receive a grant of £25,000.

        To qualify for this grant, the business must:

        • have been liable for business rates on the property on 11 March 2020
        • have qualified for the expanded retail discount on 11 March 2020, had the scheme been in place on this date
        • have a rateable value of under £51,000.

        Charities and not-for-profit organisations that don’t usually pay business rates because they receive other reliefs will be eligible for the retail, hospitality and leisure grant if their business falls within these sectors.

        Businesses that are excluded from the grant schemes

        • Properties occupied for personal use (like beach huts, private stables, loose boxes and moorings).
        • Car parks and parking spaces.
        • Businesses that were dissolved or in liquidation on 11 March 2020.

        Changes to the rateable value of your property

        If the Valuation Office Agency makes any change to the rateable value of your property after 11 March 2020 or a change is backdated to include 11 March 2020, you will not be eligible for a grant. However, if the rateable value is changed after you receive your grant, meaning you are no longer eligible for it, we will not recover the grant from you.

        If we know that the rating list was incorrect on 11 March 2020, we can withhold payment of a grant or we can choose to pay it to the person that would have received it if the list had been correct.

        To receive a grant, you must show on our records as being the ratepayer of the property on 11 March 2020. If we believe our records might be wrong, we can withhold payment of the grant until reasonable steps have been taken to confirm the identity of the correct ratepayer.

        If it is found that a person was not liable for business rates on 11 March 2020, we will recover any grant incorrectly paid. Landlords and managing agents may be asked to help us make sure we have the correct ratepayer details.

        State aid

        State Aid law is the means by which the European Union regulates state funded support to businesses.

        Payment of a grant is subject to state aid limits. If you have already received elements of state aid in this or the previous two financial years that could put you over the temporary €800,000 limit, you will need to complete a state aid declaration before we can pay any grant to you.

        We may also ask you to complete a state aid declaration if we think that you may already be over the limit, or if any grant paid may take you over the limit.

        More about State Aid on GOV.UK

        The government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to repayment.

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