Small business grant funds and retail, hospitality and leisure grant fund

In response to the coronavirus pandemic the government has announced support for small businesses, and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure industries in the form of grants. These grants are being paid by local authorities.

Most businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors and those receiving Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief will receive a grant as follows:

  • Eligible properties* with a rateable value of £15,000 or less will receive a £10,000 grant
  • Eligible properties* with a rateable value of more than £15,000 and up to £51,000 will receive a £25,000 grant

*To be eligible for a grant companies and traders must have been liable for business rates on 11 March 2020. If this criteria is not met there is no entitlement to relief.  The council may prosecute any businesses making fraudulent claims.

For clarity the following would not be considered eligible for retail, hospitality and leisure grants but could still qualify if receiving Small Business Rate Relief:

  • Financial services (e.g. banks, building societies, cash points, bureaux de change, short term loan providers)
  • Medical services (e.g. vets, dentists, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors)
  • Professional services (e.g solicitors, accountants, insurance agents, financial advisers)
  • Post Office sorting offices
  • Properties that are not reasonably accessible to visiting members of the public

When will the additional grant be paid?

We are processing applications as they are received and carrying out necessary checks to verify entitlement. Payments are then being made within five working days unless there are queries that require further clarification.

What happens if my application is refused?

If you disagree with the outcome of your application, you do have the right for the decision to be reconsidered. Please supply full details of the reasons why you disagree and explain with evidence why your application should be reconsidered. Please submit this appeal via the contact details on your application refusal email.

Charities

Charities receiving Charitable Rate Relief can’t be eligible for Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief and therefore cannot be eligible under the Small Business Grants Fund. They may be eligible under the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grants Fund.

If I am not eligible for the additional cash grant, what other help is available?

The government has announced a discretionary coronavirus business grants scheme to help some small businesses that were just outside the eligibility requirements of the small business grants scheme. For more information on this grant scheme, visit our small business discretionary grant fund page.

Reporting a suspected fraudulent claim

If you suspect somebody of making a fraudulent claim for a business grant please report it via our fraud reporting form (link opens on the Wycombe Area site. Please use this form for all areas).