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Business Rates Grants January 2022

Overview

The purpose of these grants is to support businesses that have a business premises and receive a business rates bill, with their immediate cash flow and to help them survive the economic consequences of additional restrictions introduced on the 26th December 2021 necessary to control the spread of Covid-19.

(If you are not liable for business rates there is a discretionary fund available from week commencing 17th January 2022, more information will be available at that time)

Eligibility

To be eligible for support from this grant scheme, a business must have been actively trading up to the 13th December 2021 and would be expected to trade to the 14th February 2022 and has been negatively impacted by the Covid 19 restrictions introduced on the 26th December 2021.

For all businesses, their hereditament must have been on the NDR rating list as of the 1st September 2021 and the ratepayer needs to have been in occupation of the property as of the 30th November 2021.

This grant is targeted in nature to provide direct support principally to hospitality, retail, tourism and leisure businesses that have been negatively impacted by the 26th December 2021 restrictions. The grants will also support supply chain businesses for these four sectors that can demonstrate a material impact of greater than 40% drop in turnover to their enterprises as a result of the additional restrictions in the period between the 13th December 2021 to 14th February 2022 compared to the same period in 2019 / 2020 or if a new business after that date in September / November 2021.

This grant scheme closes at 5.00pm on the 14th February 2022.

Business Rates (NDR) linked grant schemes

A £2,000 grant payment for hospitality, retail, tourism and leisure businesses that have been negatively impacted by the 26th December 2021 restrictions and are in receipt of small business rates relief. Businesses in the supply chain supplying these sectors with a greater than 40% drop in turnover over the funding period, with Small Business Rate Relief will also be eligible to apply.

Grant A will also apply to ratepayers eligible for charitable relief and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) relief, operating in the hospitality, retail, tourism and leisure sectors occupying properties with a rateable value of up to £12,000. Local authorities have discretion to provide grants to not-for-profit bodies they consider to be operating for charitable purposes but aren’t currently receiving charitable relief or CASC relief. This discretion will only apply to not-for-profit organisations who are in receipt of or have entitlement to discretionary rates relief and operate in the leisure, retail, tourism or hospitality sectors.

The multiple property restriction applied to the Small Business Rates Relief scheme applies to this grant. Therefore the same ratepayer may only receive Grant A for a maximum of two properties in each local authority.

A £4,000 grant payment for hospitality, retail, tourism and leisure businesses that have been negatively impacted by the 26th December 2021 restrictions and have a rateable value of between £12,001 and £51,000. Businesses in the supply chain supplying these sectors with a greater than 40% drop in turnover over the funding period will also be eligible to apply.

Grant B will also apply to ratepayers eligible for charitable relief and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) relief, operating in the hospitality, retail, tourism and leisure sectors occupying properties with a rateable value between £12,001 and £51,000 where the business has been negatively impacted by the 26th December 2021 restrictions. Local authorities have discretion to provide grants to not-for-profit bodies they consider to be operating for charitable purposes but aren’t currently receiving charitable relief or CASC relief. This discretion will only apply to not-for-profit organisations who are in receipt of or have entitlement to discretionary rates relief and operate in the leisure, retail, tourism or hospitality sectors.

A £6,000 payment for hospitality, retail, tourism and leisure businesses that have been negatively impacted by the 26th December 2021 restrictions and have a rateable value of between £51,001 and £500,000. Businesses in the supply chain supplying these sectors with a greater than 40% drop in turnover over the funding period will also be eligible to apply.

Grant C will also apply to ratepayers eligible for charitable relief and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) relief and not for profit organisations operating in the hospitality, retail, tourism and leisure sectors occupying properties with a rateable value between £51,001 and £500,000 where the business has been negatively impacted by the 26th December 2021 restrictions. Local authorities have discretion to provide grants to not-for-profit bodies they consider to be operating for charitable purposes but aren’t currently receiving charitable relief or CASC relief. This discretion will only apply to not-for-profit organisations who are in receipt of or have entitlement to discretionary rates relief and operate in the leisure, retail, tourism or hospitality sectors.

Self-catering accommodation

In relation to self-catering accommodation, these properties will not be eligible for the grant unless one of the following criteria are met:

  • The self-catering property is for 30 people or more, or
  • The self-catering accommodation is classed as an outdoor education centre.

Premises that are excluded from eligibility from the current retail, leisure and hospitality rates relief scheme, will also be excluded from eligibility for this grant.

How to apply

Please make sure you have your Business Rates number before starting the application. This starts with a number 5 and will be on all bills and correspondence from the Business Rates Team
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