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The Chancellor has announced a number of measures to support businesses, one of which is the award of business grants to eligible businesses with a rateable value less than £51k.
The types of grants being given to businesses fall into one of two schemes:
Scheme 1 – Small Business Grant Fund You will be eligible for a grant payment of £10,000 if you are in receipt of small business rates relief or rural rate relief or
Scheme 2 – Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grants Fund You will be eligible for a grant payment of £10,000 where your rateable value is up and including £15,000 and £25,000 where your rateable value is greater than £15,000 and less than £51,000.
The grants are subject to state aid limits. Find out more about this and check if you are eligible online
These are grants which do not have to be repaid. The grant is intended to help businesses meet their on-going costs. There are no conditions attached to receiving this money.
Scheme 1 – Small Business Grant Fund
We have already written to you asking you for your bank details if our records indicate that you qualify under Scheme 1. Don’t worry if you can't access the letter from your premises, you can find a copy of the contents below, including links on how to apply for the grants online:
If you haven’t completed the online form yet you should do this as soon as possible, as we cannot process your grant without it
We started to make payments on 1 April and we will write to let you know once we have processed your form.
Scheme 2 – Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grants Fund
If we think you are eligible under Scheme 2 and we have your bank details already (because you pay by direct debit), we will award the grant automatically without the need for you to complete an online form. We are expecting to start to make these payments week commencing 6 April.
If we do not have your bank details we will write to you and ask you to complete our online form. Don’t worry if you can't access the letter from your premises, you can find a copy of the contents below, including links on how to apply for the grants online:
If you don’t pay by direct debit, or you are not sure if we have your bank details, you don’t need to wait until you receive a letter to complete the online application form. You should complete the form straight away so that we can process your grant as quickly as possible.
If you think you are eligible for either grant, but haven’t heard from us by two weeks from the date of your application, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org