Small Business Grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
In response to the Coronavirus, Covid-19, the Government announced support for small businesses and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. There are two schemes, the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF).

We are writing to all businesses if we think they may be eligible to apply.

To qualify for either grant your business must be the occupier of the premises on 11 March 2020 (even if you had temporarily closed due to Covid-19).

If you are eligible for a grant in each of the two situations, you will only be paid one grant per property.

1. Small Business Grant (SBGF)
The business must be in receipt of small business rates relief (SBRR) having a rateable value of £15,000 or less.

Businesses that were not eligible for the percentage SBRR, including those eligible for the small business rate multiplier, are excluded from the grant.

Businesses with an RV of more than £15,000 are not eligible.

The grant payable is £10,000 per rateable property.

2. Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grant (RHLGF)
The categories of businesses that will qualify are those that fall within the Expanded Retail Discount business rates relief scheme.

If the rateable value is £15,000 or less the grant is £10,000.

If the rateable value is between £15,001 and £50,999 the grant is £25,000.

Businesses with an RV of £51,000 or more are not eligible.

Businesses can receive grants for each property if they occupy more than one property (subject to State Aid rules).

Charities which would otherwise meet this criteria but whose bill for 11 March had been reduced to nil by a local discretionary award can still be considered to be eligible for this grant.

3. Exclusions to each scheme
The property must not be occupied for personal use e.g. private stables and loose boxes, beach huts and moorings. This also includes car parks and parking spaces.

Businesses that were in liquidation or already dissolved on 11 March do not qualify.

4. How to apply
If you believe your business is eligible to apply please complete the application form. You will need your business rates account number and your code value.

5. State Aid – Important Information
Following the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the European Commission has approved schemes to aid businesses affected by the Coronavirus outbreak on the basis of their Temporary Framework, including the COVID-19 Temporary Framework scheme for the UK.

The maximum level of aid that a company may receive is €800 000 (€120 000 per undertaking active in the fishery and aquaculture sector or €100 000 per undertaking active in the primary production of agricultural products). This is across all UK schemes under the terms of the European Commission’s Temporary Framework

Any aid provided under this scheme will be relevant if you wish to apply, or have applied, for any other aid granted on the basis of the European Commission’s Temporary Framework. You will need to declare this amount to any other aid awarding body who requests information from you on how much aid you have received.

Aid may be granted to undertakings that were not in difficulty (within the meaning of Article 2(18) of the General Block Exemption Regulation) on 31 December 2019, but that faced difficulties or entered in difficulty thereafter as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

This aid is in addition any aid that you may be have received under the De Minimis regulation allowing aid of up to €200,000 to any one organisation over a three fiscal year period (i.e. your current fiscal year and previous two fiscal years), and any other approved aid you have received under other State aid rules, such as aid granted under the General Block Exemption Regulation.

By applying for either grant you are certifying that your business has not received more than 200,000 Euros in the current and preceding two years under the De Minimis Regulation or 800,000 Euros in the current and preceding two years under the Temporary Framework.

You are also confirming that your business was not in difficulty on 31 December 2019.