Coronavirus: Business Rates Relief

Coronavirus: Business Support Grants

In response to COVID-19, the Government confirmed support for small businesses and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. This support takes the form of two grant funding schemes: the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

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Cash grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

Businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of £15,000 and under may be eligible for a grant of £10,000, while those with a property that has a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 may be eligible for a grant of £25,000.


Cash grants for businesses that pay little or no business rates

Small businesses that already pay little or no business rates and are currently eligible for small business rate relief or rural rate relief will be provided with a one-off grant of £10,000 to help meet their ongoing business costs.


How to access these grant schemes

Daventry District Council has written to all businesses who they believe are eligible for these grants. The letters have been sent to the addresses we hold on our Business Rates records, and explain what information we will need in order to pay the grant.

We understand that many of your businesses are closed at the moment, but unfortunately this is the only way for us to administer these grants. If you are an owner of an eligible business we would ask you to please check your post at your business address as soon as you are able to.

It is essential that you complete and return the letter to us as quickly as possible so we can arrange payment.


Additional information

What you need to know

Daventry District Council is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. Any information we collect as part of this process will be used to enable us to make payment of the grant and to update our business systems.

We may share the information you provide to us with third party organisations or other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for the purpose of verifying your eligibility, and to prevent and detect fraud.

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. If any person(s) and /or business is found to have falsified their records, given false or misleading information or omitted information to gain grant money, it will be regarded as a criminal offence and they will face prosecution. Any funding issued will be subject to claw back using all legal powers available.

Please view the Business Support Privacy Notice to see how your personal information is handled by the Council.


How the grant schemes work

  • If you qualify for a Small Business Grant you will not be eligible for a Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant.
  • The date for eligibility is 11 March 2020. Eligible recipients will receive one grant per hereditament only.
  • Businesses which are not ratepayers in the Business Rates system are not included in this scheme.
  • Hereditaments occupied for personal uses, for example private stables, car parks and parking spaces, loose boxes and self-storage will not qualify, neither will any hereditament over the Rateable Value of £51,000.
  • If the Valuation Office Agency makes any change to the rateable value of your property after 11 March 2020 or a change is backdated to include 11 March 2020, you will not be eligible for a grant. However, if the rateable value is changed after you receive your grant, meaning you are no longer eligible for it, we will not recover the grant from you.
  • If we know that the rating list was incorrect on 11 March 2020, we can withhold payment of a grant or we can choose to pay it to the person that would have received it if the list had been correct.
  • Grants apply to business properties only and are not per business.
  • It is not possible to receive two grants per property.
  • Properties occupied for personal use are not eligible.

 

How state aid will be managed

These grants are required to comply with the EU law on state aid. If you are receiving the small business grant as De Minimis aid, we will write to you to ask you to complete a De Minimis declaration. You must complete this if you have received other public support which is de minimis aid within the current to previous two financial years. If you have not received any other De Minimis state aid, you do not need to complete or return the declaration.

If you wish to refuse the grant funding, there will be a form to complete to confirm that you do not wish to receive the funding. If you are refusing the grant funding, you will not need to complete the declaration.

If you are receiving the retail, hospitability and leisure grant (or the small business grant under the Temporary Framework), we will write to you to ask you to complete a declaration to ensure you have not received more than £800,000 under the Temporary Framework. You will also need to confirm that your company was not an undertaking in difficulty on 31 December 2019.

Further guidance on the grant schemes for businesses is available here