Apply for a Business Grant

We are administering the business rates holidays and local business grants on behalf of Government, you can find further info on these schemes here.

Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund (LADGF)

Central Government has announced a new Covid-19 business grant fund to enable local authorities to consider applications from small businesses that have seen a significant drop in income due to Coronavirus restriction measures, but have not previously benefited from either of the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) or the Grant for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) schemes (or other identified support schemes). Government has announced a new Covid-19 business grant fund called the 'Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund' (LADGF).

The fund will be open from the June 3 and close no later than the June 30 (subject to available funds). We expect the fund to be oversubscribed and may not therefore be able to support all applications received under this scheme, which is a competitive process. 

The Icon for pdf Scheme Guidance [395.83KB] identifies the pre-qualifying criteria that you will need to satisfy in order to submit an eligible application, based on Government guidance. The LADGF guidance also outlines the information you must be able to provide as part of your completed application. Incomplete applications will not be validated or considered for approval.

The application form will be uploaded to this section of the website as soon as it is available. Please do not use the Small Business Grant/Grant for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Businesses application form to apply for the Discretionary Grant.

Successful applicants will be notified and paid their grant award by the July 15 to enable all due diligence work to be undertaken on successful awards.

All enquires on the fund should be directed to: and we will aim to respond to all enquiries within three working days.

Business Rates Holiday

For those businesses eligible for the Business Rates holiday, we will be updating accounts with the additional rate relief, and sending revised bills to ratepayers at the earliest opportunity. There is no need to contact the Business Rates team to request this.

Business Grant Funds

The Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund are also available for eligible businesses. Eligibility for these three grants are based on receipt of Business Rates relief and rateable values.

Please be aware that once we've processed payment it can take five working days for the bank to put the money into your account.

Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF)

  • Small businesses that pay little or no business rates and are eligible for small business rate relief (SBBR) or rural rate relief will receive £10,000 cash grant.

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grants Fund (RHLG)

  • If your business in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector, with a rateable value of under £15,000, you will receive a grant of £10,000.

  • If your business in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector, with a rateable value between £15,001 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.

To ensure we can deliver these payments accurately and quickly, we need to collect a set of data in order to make the payment and complete effective post award assurance. To avoid unnecessary delays we would encourage you to provide the information using the online form below. 

Please note that if you have more than one eligible business property, you will need to complete a separate form for each property.

More information can be found in the Icon for pdf Government Guidance [963.11KB] and Icon for pdf Frequently Asked Questions [808.06KB] documents.

Apply for the SBGF or RHLG

Information provided will be verified and payments will be issued once we have all correct information and this has been checked. Please note this important information:

  • Any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the property/building) after the 11 March 2020 including changes which have been backdated to this date should be ignored for the purposes of eligibility.

  • Local Authorities are not required to adjust, pay or recover grants where the rating list is subsequently amended retrospectively to the 11 March 2020.

  • The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud - and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back.