The Government announced a discretionary fund to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme. This is for those businesses who are currently not eligible for either the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grant fund
The East Suffolk discretionary grant scheme has been developed to show the levels of funding available and the criteria that needs to be met.
Businesses eligible for the East Suffolk scheme will be as defined in groups A to F:
|Category||Eligible business||Available grant||Process|
|Group A||Businesses in shared spaces||£10,000||Application and then processing through Small Business Grant Fund|
|Group B||Market traders||£2,500||Application|
|Group C||Charity properties
Charitable childcare businesses
|Group D||Bed and Breakfast businesses||£5,000||Application|
|Group E||Crucial businesses to the local and regional economy with significant premises costs||£10,000||Application determined by panel|
|Group F||Additional small and micro businesses with fixed costs||Up to a maximum of £10,000, dependent on Covid-19 impact||Application determined by panel|
|Covid-19 Discretionary Business Grant application form|
The Government is offering two types of business grant funding:
Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of:
Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or over are not eligible for this scheme. Businesses which are not ratepayers in the business rates system are not included in this scheme. Only one grant is payable for each property.
|There is no fee payable to apply for or to receive these grants|
|Small business grant fund application form||Retail, hospitality and leisure grant application form|
|These forms should also be used for the refusal of grant declaration|
You will need your Business Rates account reference, Company Reg no (if registered), VAT number (if registered), bank account number and sort code to complete the application process.
If you are unsure whether you are in the business rates system, all National Non Domestic Rates bills have been issued in the last month and you would have received a bill from us recently if you are. There may be alternative support available to you if you are not eligible for this grant.
Grants are payable to the person who according to the billing authority’s records was the ratepayer in respect of the property on the 11 March 2020.
Where we have reason to believe that the information that we hold about the ratepayer on the 11 March 2020 is inaccurate we may withhold or recover the grant and take reasonable steps to identify the correct ratepayer.
Small Business Grant Fund
Properties which on 11 March 2020 were eligible for relief under the business rate Small Business Rate Relief Scheme (including those in the £12k - £15k rateable value taper) are eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund.
These are properties to which section 43 (4B)(a) of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (small business rate relief) applied, and the value of E (as defined in article 3 of the Non-Domestic Rating (Relies, thresholds and Amendment) (England) Order 2017, SI 2017 No 2) was greater than 1.
This does not include properties that were not eligible for percentage SBRR relief but were eligible for the Small Business Rate Multiplier.
Properties which on 11 March 2020 were eligible for relief under the Rural Rate Relief Scheme are also eligible for the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme. These are properties to which: Section 43 (6B) of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (rural rate relief) applies.
Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
Properties which on 11 March 2020 had a rateable value of less than £51,000 and would have been eligible for a discount under the Expanded Retail Discount scheme had that scheme been in force for that date are eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme.
The following businesses are not eligible for grant assistance:
Any business falsifying their records to gain additional grant money or committing any other fraudulent acts will face prosecution and any funding awarded will be subject to claw back and become immediately repayable in full to Central Government.
The United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020, nonetheless under the Withdrawal Agreement the State aid rules continue to apply during a transition period, subject to regulation by the EU Commission.
Businesses receiving Small Business Grant Fund will be required to declare that they have not received more than €200,000 in total of de minimis aid within the current financial year or the previous two financial years.
Businesses receiving Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant will be required to declare that they have not received more than €800,000 in total of de minimis aid within the current financial year or the previous two financial years. This grant is given as aid under the Temporary Framework for State Aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak published on 19 March 2020.