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        Cash grants for businesses

        The government 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.

        The government has now closed applications for these cash grants schemes.

         

        Small business grant

        The small business grant was 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 received a grant of £10,000.
        • Businesses with a rateable value between £15,001 and £50,999 received 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 didn’t usually pay business rates because they received other reliefs were eligible for the retail, hospitality and leisure grant if their business fell within these sectors.

        Businesses that were 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 made any change to the rateable value of your property after 11 March 2020 or a change was backdated to include 11 March 2020, you will not have been 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 knew that the rating list was incorrect on 11 March 2020, we could 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 have shown 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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