Coronavirus (COVID-19) business support grants

The Government has announced that there will be support for small businesses and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. This support takes the form of two grant funding schemes - the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

So far we have paid out £25.8 million in grants to eligible business rate payers, for more than 1,800 properties in Dacorum.

We are no longer accepting applications for the grant schemes. This is because the Government is closing the schemes and has told us we cannot make payments after Friday 28 August. We have closed the application process so that we have time to carry out the checks we need to before that date.

If you have any questions about an application you have already submitted, please email business-support-grants@dacorum.gov.uk.

Small Business Grant

This provides all businesses in England in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rates Relief (RRR) in the business rates system a payment of £10,000.

Hereditaments included in this scheme are those which on 11 March 2020 were eligible for business rates relief under the SBRR scheme or the RRR scheme.

Exceptions

You do not qualify for this grant if you only occupy the property for personal use, such as a private stables, loose box or moorings.

You do not qualify for this grant in respect of car parks or parking spaces.

You do not qualify for this grant if your business was in liquidation or dissolved on 11 March 2020.

You do not qualify if you do not receive a business rates bill. For example, if you are in serviced offices where your rent includes a payment towards business rates. 

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

This provides businesses in England eligible for the business rates holiday in 2020-2021 (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) with a grant of up to £25,000 per property.

Amount of grant

A grant is payable for each property your business uses that meets the rules for the Expanded Retail Discount scheme. The amount depends on the rateable value (RV) of the property.

  • For an RV up to and including £15,000, the grant is £10,000
  • For an RV from £15,001 to £50,999, the grant is £25,000
  • For an RV of £51,000 or more, no grant is payable.

The total amount of grant any business can receive across England is subject to State Aid rules, and is a maximum of around £711,000.

Eligibility

The business must be the liable ratepayer on 11 March 2020, where the property would qualify for a 100 per cent discount under the Expanded Retail Discount scheme if that was in force on that date.

There are a number of different business uses which qualify for this discount, including:

  • Shops
  • Opticians
  • Markets
  • Petrol stations
  • Hair and beauty services
  • Shoe repair / key cutting
  • Employment agencies
  • Estate agents / letting agents
  • Betting shops
  • Restaurants
  • Takeaways
  • Pubs / bars / nightclubs
  • Cinemas
  • Live music venues
  • Sports grounds
  • Tourist attractions
  • Nightclubs
  • Sport and leisure facilities / gyms 
  • Public halls / clubhouses
  • Hotels / guest houses / self-catering accommodation

For more information about the types of business use included, please see the Government's detailed guidance.

The property must be occupied and being used for one of the qualifying businesses, unless it is temporarily closed to comply with Government advice on coronavirus (COVID-19).

Exceptions 

The following types of business use (or other similar uses):

  • Financial services (for example - banks, bureaux de change, short-term loan providers)
  • Medical services (for example - vets, dentists, doctors, chiropractors, osteopaths)
  • Professional services (for example - solicitors, accountants, insurance agents)
  • Post office sorting offices

Although nurseries may benefit from the business rates holiday, this is not under the Expanded Retail Discount scheme and so they are not eligible for a grant.

You do not qualify for this grant if your business was in liquidation or dissolved on 11 March 2020.

You do not qualify if you do not receive a business rates bill. For example, if you are in serviced offices where your rent includes a payment towards business rates.

You do not qualify if your business was an “undertaking in difficulty” on 31 December 2019. Please see the Government guidance on State Aid in relation to these grants for more information about this.

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