My business is not in the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) Business Rates list, what do I do?
Payment of small business grant funding is subject to criteria set by central government.
To qualify, the business must be:
- in the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) business rates listing
- in receipt of either small business rates relief or rural rate relief.
Contact the Valuation Office Agency to register for business rates and find out more on the GOV.UK website.
I have not informed you that I have started a business in a property that is in the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) Business Rates list, how can I claim a grant?
To register your company for business rates, please supply the following:
- a copy of the lease for the property in your limited company name
- confirmation of the date you occupied the property
- confirmation that you were still in occupation of the property on 11 March 2020
- a utility bill in your limited company name for the property address.
Please email the above to firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively post to:
I run a business from home, do I qualify for a grant payment?
To qualify for a grant, your property must be in the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) Business Rates list.
If a business is run from home the VOA decides whether the property should be brought into the ratings list or not. Many businesses that are run from home are not classed as rateable by the VOA.
Contact the VOA to advise them of your property usage and find more information on the GOV.UK website.
I am not the ratepayer - my landlord pays the rates on this space. Will I get funding?
You may be eligible to claim the Local Authority Discretionary Grant.
How does this funding work with shared space or services offices, where tenants are not the rate payers?
Applications can be made for the Local Authority Discretionary Grant.
Why are you giving money to all eligible businesses, and not just those affected by COVID-19?
The government acknowledges that the majority of small, rural, retail, leisure and hospitality ratepayers are likely to be affected by COVID-19.
Are there any conditions attached to this grant funding?
Any business that accepts this funding must confirm they comply with all the applicable state aid requirements. Details can be found within the grant application form.
Is this funding taxable?
The default position is that these grants will be liable for tax, as are the business costs this grant is supporting.
Can businesses with multiple properties claim multiple grants, for example, can a hairdresser with three shops, each with less than a £15k rateable value, claim three £10k grants?
Businesses can only get one grant under the Small Business Grant Scheme.
Businesses eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure scheme can claim one grant per eligible property.
Will businesses be able to claim support from both the grant scheme for retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, small business grants fund and the discretionary grant?
No, a business can only claim one grant on the same property.
Do businesses who do not pay business rates such as those operating out of Business Centres or Enterprise Zones qualify for cash grants?
Businesses may be eligible to claim the Local Authority Discretionary Grant.
Charities getting Charitable Rate Relief get the Expanded Retail Discount, so why not the grant?
Charities receiving Charitable Rate Relieve 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 or the Local Authority Discretionary Grant scheme.