Small Business Grant Fund

Response to COVID-19 - Support for businesses: The Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

Eastbourne Borough Council and Lewes District Council understand the impact that COVID-19 is having on our business community. This is a priority for us, and we are working hard to support you during these circumstances.

We have worked closely with Ascendant Solutions to provide a portal that enables businesses to claim a business support grant. The portal is hosted at grantapproval.co.uk , in partnership with the councils.

Businesses are now able to submit their details to claim a business support grant, details of which are below.

  • Under the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) all businesses in England in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rates Relief (RRR) as of the 11 March 2020 will be eligible for a payment of £10,000.

  • Those businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will receive the following levels of grant payment:

    1. Businesses with a rateable value up to £15,000 will receive a grant payment of £10,000 whether or not you are entitled to small business rate relief.
    2. If you have a property with a rateable value of between £15,000.01 and below £51,000, you will be entitled to a grant of £25,000.

The government has set out the following exclusions:

  • ·Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or over are not eligible for this scheme.
  • ·Businesses which are not ratepayers in the business rates system are not included in this scheme.
  • ·Hereditaments occupied for personal uses are not included. For example, beach huts, personal stables and moorings.
  • ·Car Parks and parking spaces are not included.
  • ·Businesses which as of the 11 March were in liquidation or were dissolved will not be eligible.
  • ·Only one grant may be awarded per hereditament.

Grant payments are currently subject to state aid limits and other conditions.

Completing this form should take around 15 minutes.

To help us process your grant, please provide us with:

  • Company details: name, address, contact information;
  • Business rates account number;
  • VAT registration number;
  • Company Number (if applicable)

You will also need to upload two documents from a list of 15 to verify your business details.

Register your information and apply for a grant or funding below

      Register for grant funding

If you experience problems when visiting the VOA website this will be because they are in the process of updating their database. You will be able to locate your property reference and rateable value on your most recent Business Rates Notice.

Business Support Grants - frequently asked questions

Business Support Grants - frequently asked questions
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Created: 26 March 2020
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