Small Business Grant Fund

Funds to help small businesses in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Small Business Grant Fund

June 2nd, 2020

In response to economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, UK governments have each released a version of a Small Business Grant. This grant will be delivered by Local Authorities.

England's Small Business Grant Fund:

England's Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) is additional funding for businesses that pay little or no business rates because they are already in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rates Relief (RRR). This fund will provide eligible businesses with a one-off grant of £10,000 to help them meet their ongoing business costs.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Your business must be based in England.
  • Your business must be in receipt of SBRR or RRR as of March 11, 2020.
  • Your business must occupy a property (you will receive one grant per property).

Properties that are occupied for personal use, car parks, and parking spaces are not eligible for the SBGF. Payment will be made to the person who, on March 11, 2020, was the ratepayer for the property, according to the billing authority's records.

Acessing the SBGF:

You do not have to apply for this fund. However, if you are concerned that you will not receive this grant despite your eligibility, you can contact your local authority.

The UK government made an early payment of £3.4 billion to local authorities on March 27, 2020, and every local authority in England has received the necessary funds to support their local businesses. If you are eligible for the SBGF, your local authority should contact you soon to collect your business's details.

Scotland's Business Support Fund:

Scotland's Business Support Fund is a one-off grant aimed at preventing small business closures, protecting jobs, and promoting economic recovery. This fund will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to ratepayers of small businesses that pay little to no business rates as they are already in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) or Rural Relief (RR).

Eligibility criteria:

  • Your business must be based in Scotland.
  • Your business must be in receipt of the SBBS or RR, or your business must be eligible for SBBS in receipt of Nursery Relief or Disabled Relief, with a rateable value of up to £18,000.
  • Your business is a self-catering accommodation or caravan that serves as your primary source of income (one-third or more) and it was let out for 140 days or more during the 2019-2020 financial year.

Non-domestic property classifications which are not small businesses in the traditional sense (such as ATM sites, car parks, and public toilets) are excluded. If you think that your business is eligible for this grant, you should contact your local authority.

Accessing the Business Support Fund:

You will need to complete an application form which you can find on your local council's website. You can only apply for one grant, even if you own multiple properties. Your local council will then aim to make the payment within 10 working days of receiving your application. More information on accessing this fund can be found on the FindBusinessSupport.gov.scot website.

Wales' Small Business Grant:

Wales' Small Business Grant is a one-off grant of £10,000 to all businesses eligible for the Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) and that have a rateable value of £12,000 or less. This grant will be administered by local authorities in Wales.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Your business must be based in Wales.
  • Your business must have been registered to pay rates on your premises on March 20, 2020.
  • Your business must be eligible for SBRR.
  • Your business must have a rateable value of £12,000 or less.

Acessing the Small Business Grant:

Applications for this scheme must be made via your local authority before 5pm on June 30, 2020. Further guidance on this scheme, as well as links to local authorities, can be found on Business Wales.

Northern Ireland's Small Business Support Grant Scheme:

Northern Ireland's Small Business Support Grant Scheme is a one-off grant of £10,000 to businesses that are currently in receipt of the Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR). This grant is being provided by the NI Executive.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Your business must be based in Northern Ireland.
  • Your business must be in receipt of the SBRR.
  • Your business must have a rateable value of less than £15,000.
  • Your business must occupy a property. You cannot apply for a vacant property.

MLA Constituency offices are not eligible for this grant. Businesses with multiple properties can only apply for 1 grant of £10,000 in total.

Accessing the Small Business Support Grant Scheme:

Please note that registrations for this scheme are now closed, as of May 20, 2020.

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FAQs:

What is the Small Business Grant Fund?

The Small Business Grant Fund is a financial supplement for UK-based small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is distributed by the various local authorities in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland under different names, but basically includes a one-off grant of £10,000 per eligible, business-occupied property.

Who can apply for England's Small Business Grant Fund?

England's Small Business Grant Fund is for England-based businesses that pay little or no business rates because they are already in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rates Relief. This grant does not require an application and will be automatically distributed to eligible businesses.

Who can apply for Scotland's Business Support Fund?

Scotland's Business Support Fund is for Scotland-based small businesses that pay little to no business rates as they are already in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme or Rural Relief. You will need to complete an application form which you can find on your local council's website.

Who can apply for Wales' Small Business Grant?

Wales' Small Business Grant is for Wales-based businesses that are eligible for the Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) and that have a rateable value of £12,000 or less. You will need to consult your local authority's website about accessing this grant.

Who can apply for Northern Ireland's Small Business Support Grant Scheme?

Northern Ireland's Small Business Support Grant Scheme is for Northern Ireland-based businesses that are currently in receipt of the Small Business Rate Relief. Eligible businesses should have already received this grant around March 27, 2020.

However, if you have not received your grant, you should update your bank details with the NI Executive's online form.