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COVID-19 Business Support Grants: Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund 

This is an additional fund to the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) or the Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF), and it is aimed at certain small and micro businesses who were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund, and which have relatively high ongoing, fixed property-related costs, and which can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Further information and eligibility criteria 

Small Business Grants Fund (£10,000)

The government will provide additional funding for local authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no Business Rates because of Small Business Rate Relief (SBBR). This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to around 700,000 business currently eligible for SBRR or Rural Rate Relief, to help meet their ongoing business costs. 

You can also apply if you do not receive SBRR but have a rateable value of £15,000 or under and your business premises is classed as retail, leisure or hospitality. This was extended to include betting shops, estate / letting agents, employment agencies, community groups and charity shops.

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (£25,000)

A grant of £25,000 will be provided to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with rateable values between £15,001 and £50,999. This was extended to include betting shops, estate / letting agents, employment agencies, community groups and charity shops.

To qualify for the above grants you must have been already registered as the ratepayer on 11 March 2020.

If you believe that you may be entitled and you have not already completed an application please apply online. A brief online application and declaration will need to be completed.

You will need your business rate account number to complete the form. If you have multiple properties you will need to complete a separate grant request for each one of these quoting the unique business rate account number for each property. 

You do not need to employ a third party to apply for the grants and any application will only take a few minutes. The intention of the grant is to assist with business continuity and is not a rates reduction.

If you don't have your rate account number and you don't have access to your business premises to retrieve it, please email our business rates team at  businessrates@gateshead.gov.uk and they will be able to help you with this. Please quote Grant Relief in the subject title of your email.

Important State Aid information

Any business receiving the Small Business Grant (SBGF) of £10,000 or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) of £25,000, should be aware of the changes made to state aid limits.

The state aid limit for businesses receiving the Small Business Grant remains at 200,000 euros over a three year period whereas the limit for businesses receiving the £25,000 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant has been increased to 800,000 euros over a three year period. The larger limit will mainly apply to large national companies.

If you believe you will exceed either of these limits you must contact the council's business rates team for advice.

Expanded retail discount - 2020 to 2021

The Government has announced that from 1 April 2020 retail discount will be increased to 100%.

This is awarded to occupied properties that are predominantly retail and has been extended to hospitality and leisure properties (such as gyms, theatres, hotels and museums) and private childcare nurseries.

Properties that have now closed due to Government guidance are still entitled to the relief. If you are already in receipt of this we will be updating the award on your account and issuing updated bills in due course.

To apply for a grant, please visit our Business Rate Grants page.

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