Small Business Grant Fund

Small Business Grant Fund Closed

The York Small Business Grant Fund application process closed on Friday 28 August 2020. If you have made an application and await a decision we will be in touch with you soon.

If you disagree with a decision you can appeal within 14 days of the date on your decision notice by e-mail to

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Your business may be eligible for a:

Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF)

Under the SBGF businesses in England in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) and Rural Rates Relief (RRR) in the business rates system, will get a payment of £10,000, if they meet eligibility criteria.

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG)

Under the RHLG businesses in England in receipt of Expanded Retail Discount (ERD), with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will get cash grants, if they meet eligibility criteria. The amount of grant varies based on rateable value (RV):

  • RV up to £15,000 will get £10,000
  • RV over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will get £25,000
  • RV of £51,000 or over are not eligible for this scheme

Businesses which are not rate-payers in the business rates system, are not included in this scheme.

Apply for a business grant

Read the eligibility criteria before you apply for a 'Small Business Grant' or a 'Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant'.

For more information on whether you qualify and the process for distributing the grants, please read the government guidance for business. To allow us to process your payment faster, please check all this guidance and information before contacting us.

The government guidance includes information on how we will deal with applications where the liability for business rates has changed since 11 March – the date the government is using to determine who qualifies for the grant. We'll act to make sure the correct liable party receives the grant, so please email any details which can support our decision to

Grant eligibility criteria

To qualify for a grant, businesses must have:

  • qualified for Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) Scheme (including those with a Rateable Value between £12,000 and £15,000 which receive tapered relief) on 11 March 2020, or;
  • qualified for relief under the Rural Rate Relief Scheme on 11 March 2020

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Eligibility

To qualify for a Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant, businesses must:

  • have been liable for the business rates on their property on 11 March 2020
  • have an entitlement to Extended Retail Discount (ERD)

As ERD doesn’t begin until 1 April 2020, eligibility will be based on whether a property would have qualified for the discount had the scheme been in place on 11 March 2020.

Businesses will receive 1 grant per property.

You cannot receive both the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant on the same property.

You're not eligible for either grant if:

  • the property is used for personal use, including but not limited to beach huts, private stables and loose boxes and moorings
  • the business is a car park
  • the business was dissolved or in liquidation on 11 March 2020

Payment of grants

If we believe our records might be incorrect, we can withhold payment of a grant until reasonable steps have been taken to confirm the identity of the correct rate-payer.

Payment of the grant is subject to state aid limits. If you request a grant and you've already received elements of state aid in this or the last 3 financial years that could put you over the temporary €800,000 limit, you'll need to complete a state aid declaration before we can pay any grant. If we suspect you may be over that limit, or if any grant paid will take you over that limit, we may request you complete a state aid declaration.

If the Valuation Office Agency make any change to the Rating List for your property after the 11 March 2020, or a change is backdated to include 11 March 2020, you will not be eligible for the grant. However, if the Rating List is amended after receiving your grant, meaning you're no longer eligible for it, you won't have to pay it back.

If we know that the Rating List is incorrect on 11 March 2020, we can withhold payment of the grant. Additionally, we can choose to pay the grant to the person/company that would have received it, if the Rating List had been accurate.

Any grant paid to an incorrect rate-payer will be recovered if it's found they weren't liable for business rates on 11 March 2020.

Landlords and Managing Agents are asked to help us make sure we have the correct rate-payer's details.

Also see

Business Rates

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