Direct Business Grants
Eligibility: Businesses based in England in Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sector (applies to shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas, live music venues, hotels & guest houses)
How to access: No action required. Local authority will write to you if you're eligible.
Timing: April 2020
To support the many small businesses that pay little or no business rates because of Small Business Rate relief (SBRR), the government will provide funding for local authorities in England, who will provide the business grants.This will provide up to £10,000 each to around 700,000 business currently eligible for SBRR or Rural Rate.
Businesses that use premises with a rateable value of up to £51,000, and will therefore pay no business rates for the current year, will receive grants of up to £25,000 from their Local Authority. Businesses should contact their local authority for further details of eligibility and payment arrangements.