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Coronavirus business support grants payments

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The Small Business Grant Fund is now closed. If you have any enquiries regarding an existing application please contact 

Charnwood Borough Council is administering the payment of Government grants to businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

We recognise this is a difficult time for businesses and therefore will distribute the grants as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors along with those classed as ‘A2’ uses (such as estate agents and bingo halls) will be eligible for a grant of £10,000 where their Rateable Value is up to £15,000.

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors along with those classed as ‘A2’ uses (such as estate agents and bingo halls) will be eligible for a grant of £25,000 where their Rateable Value is between £15,001 and £51,000.

For businesses in all sectors, if you already receive Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief you will be eligible for a one-off grant of £10,000.

Businesses should be aware that the Small Business Grants, and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants will be classed as taxable income. Businesses that make a loss this financial year will pay no tax on the grants with only those businesses that are profitable being taxed.

Businesses eligible for a grant payment of either £10,000 or £25,000 are asked to complete the online registration form below as soon as possible. We politely ask you to do this in order to prevent fraudulent claims and to ensure that we have up-to-date bank account details which enable BACS payments to be made. We are not able to issue payments by cheque or in cash. The Council intends that the payment will be received in bank accounts no later than 10 working days after the date the registration form has been completed and submitted. Therefore, please complete the form below without delay.

Business grant funding eligibility

You are eligible for the grant if:

  • your business is based in England
  • your business is used for retail, hospitality and/or leisure purposes
  • your business pays business rates
  • your business has a rateable value of under £51,000.

Businesses whose business rates payments are included in their rent are not eligible.

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied properties that are wholly or mainly being used:

  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues.
  • for assembly and leisure.
  • as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.

To support your application you will need to provide supporting evidence such as:

  • your business bank statements for February, March and April 2020
  • your latest accounts
  • latest VAT return
  • utility bill
  • rental agreement

All applications and payments will be made within 28 days of an application being received.

Teams from across the council are now contacting as many businesses that haven't claimed as possible to ensure the funding is issued to all those who need it. If you are concerned about a call you receive about the grants, we would encourage you to inform us that you're ending the call and will apply online.


We can ONLY make the grant payments by BACS. You should ensure your correct BACS (bank account details) are provided within the form.

Fraudulent claims

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.

To receive a grant, you must be the ratepayer at the property as of and on March 11, 2020.

Privacy notice

We will only use the information you provide to enable us to pay the Government’s coronavirus-related Business Support Grants. Your data will not be shared with anyone outside of Charnwood Borough Council. We will keep the data securely for up to six years. The legal basis for this processing is that it is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the local authority.

More information on how we handle personal information and your rights under the data protection legislation can be found in our privacy notice.

State Aid law

The award of this grant must comply with EU law on State Aid, which requires that you have not received any other state aid that exceeds in total €800,000, under the De Minimis Regulations EC 1407/2013.

Help and Advice

If you need further assistance in relation to these coronavirus-related business support grants payments, please contact Business Rates via email  or telephone 01509 634831.

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Last updated: Thu 19th November, 2020 @ 11:52