Coronavirus (COVID-19) - small business, retail, hospitality and leisure grants fund

Find out about the types of grant, who is eligible and how to apply for one.

The government has made two grants available to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in response to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

There are two grant funding schemes:

  • £10,000 under the Small Business Grant Fund
  • Either £10,000 or £25,000 under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

You can check whether you are entitled to either of the grants by using the GOV UK checker tool.

For further information see the Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on business support grant funding.

Or, see the frequently asked questions about the small business, retail, hospitality and leisure grants
 

Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) of £10,000

To be eligible for the grant, your property must have:

You will only be entitled to one grant per property.
 

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) of either £10,000 or £25,000

This Fund is intended to support businesses across England in sectors that are being profoundly impacted by COVID-19 and which are crucial to local economies.

To be eligible for the grant, your property must have:

You will be entitled to one grant per property. Therefore businesses with multiple outlets would receive more than one grant and be paid:

Apply for a grant
 

What you can't apply for

You can not apply for a grant:

  • For car parks and parking spaces
  • If your property is used for personal uses, e.g. private stables or personal storage
  • If the business was in liquidation or was dissolved on 11 March 2020
  • If the rateable value of the property is more than £50,999
     

Discretionary Grants Fund scheme

The government has announced top-up funding to allow councils to make grant payments to businesses that have not been able to access support through other COVID-19 related grant schemes.

The Council is currently using the government's guidance to devise a scheme that will help as many small local businesses as possible.

When will the scheme go live?

The Council is currently using the guidance provided by the government to set up a business-friendly application process. This will be through the Council's website and will require businesses to provide some evidence of their eligibility.

While it is not possible at this stage to provide a firm timeline of when applications will be open, it is anticipated that the first payments under the scheme will be made in early June.

Who will be eligible?

The funding is limited, so the Council needs to prioritise sectors and businesses that are most in need.

The grant funding will be for businesses that are not eligible for support from any other government COVID-19 related schemes.
This includes the:

  • Small Business Grant scheme
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme

To qualify a business must have been trading on 11 March 2020.

The discretionary grants are primarily aimed at:

  • small and micro businesses, as defined in Section 33, Part 2 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 and the Companies Act 2006
  • businesses with relatively high on-going fixed property-related costs
  • businesses that can demonstrate they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis
  • businesses that occupy a property or part of a property with a rateable value, or annual rent, or annual mortgage payments, below £51,000

Businesses that have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme are eligible to apply for a Discretionary Grant.

What is a small or micro business?

To be a small business under the Companies Act 2006, two or more of the following must apply:

  • turnover: not more than £10.2 million
  • balance sheet total: not more than £5.1 million
  • number of employees: a staff headcount of less than 50

To be a micro business two or more of the following must apply:

  • turnover: not more than £632,000
  • balance sheet total: not more than £316,000
  • number of employees: a staff headcount of not more than 10

Further information will be published on our web pages as soon as it is available. In the meantime, please do not complete the small business grant form as this will cause a delay in processing claims.

Note

The United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020, nonetheless under the Withdrawal Agreement the State Aid rules continue to apply during a transition period, subject to regulation by the EU Commission.

Awards such as grants are required to comply with the EU law on State Aid. If you have received any other De Minimis State Aid, including any other Relief you are being granted for premises other than the one to which this letter relates, the total award should not exceed €800,000. Please contact us if you will not qualify because of this.