Financial Support for Business Rates Payers

There were two grant funding schemes administered by the council on behalf of Central Government available until 28 August 2020:

  • the Small Business Grant Fund; and
  • the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

Unfortunately, applications received after this date cannot be processed as we do not have discretion to make payment to late applications once the scheme ended.  

If we received your application by 28 August 2020, we will be in touch regarding the outcome shortly.

More information on the two grants is available on the government website.

What we are doing

As of 23 August 2020 we have issued 3,850 awards to eligible businesses under the two government business grant schemes, totaling £72.4m with more processed in the final week and we will continue to process those who applied before the deadline.  We have exceeded our original funding by £1.26m to date.

Throughout the duration of the scheme attempts were made to contact potentially eligible businesses to apply through letters to the property, any forwarding address or registered office, emails sent inviting application where we held email addresses and our property inspectors visited a number of properties to try encourage applications face to face.