Grant funding schemes for 2020

Small Business Grant: Support for businesses that pay little or no business rates

The government will provide additional Small Business Grant Scheme funding for local authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBBR), rural rate relief (RRR) and tapered relief. This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs.


You are eligible if:

  • your business is based in England
  • you are a small business and already receive SBBR and/or RRR
  • you are a business that occupies property

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant: Cash grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

The grant provides businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property.

  • Businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of £15,000 and under will receive a grant of £10,000.
  • Businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.


You are eligible for the grant if:

  • your business is based in England
  • your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector

 Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments that are wholly or mainly being used:

  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
  • for assembly and leisure
  • as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation

Latest update at 1 April: 2020 We have now received Covid-19 Business Grant funds from the government. Our team is working around the clock to set up the systems needed to issue the grants. We are on track to issue letters to eligible businesses by 17 April which will have details of how businesses can claim their grant via an online portal. The process is taking more time because the government have issued three different versions of their guidance for implementing the scheme. However, we are using this time to put in place the systems to speed up payment of the grants and reduce the chance of fraudulent claims. We recognise how vital these grants are to local businesses and are doing all we can to get the money to you as soon as possible. 

Still have questions?

If you have a specific question regarding your business, please complete the Business enquiry form below and a Council Officer will get back to you as soon as possible.

Business enquiry form