Small Business Grant Fund 

  • This is a grant of £10,000 payable to properties with a Rateable Value of up to and including £15,000.
  • Eligible properties included in this scheme are those which on the 11 March 2020 were eligible for relief under the Business Rate Small Business Rate Relief Scheme (SBRR) (including those with a Rateable Value between £12,000 and £15,000 which receive tapered relief).
  • Properties that were not eligible for percentage SBRR relief (including those eligible for the Small Business Rate Multiplier only) are excluded. 

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

  • This is a grant of £10,000 payable to properties with a Rateable Value of up to and including £15,000.
  • For properties which have a Rateable Value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000, this is a grant of £25,000.
  • Eligible properties included in this scheme are those which on the 11 March 2020 had a Rateable Value of less than £51,000 and would have been eligible for a discount under the Business Rates Expanded Retail Discount Scheme, had that scheme been in force at that date (occupied Retail, Leisure and Hospitality properties including recently added betting shops, pawn brokers, estate agents, letting agents, employment agencies, casinos and gambling clubs).
  • Properties occupied for personal use, (e.g. private stables and loose boxes, beach huts, properties used for hobbies and moorings) are excluded as are car parks and parking spaces.

Additional Information

  • In all cases, only one grant may be granted per property.
  • Businesses which as of the 11 March were in liquidation or were dissolved will not be eligible.
  • The grant will only be paid to the person/company shown on our records as the Ratepayer in respect of these premises on 11 March 2020.
  • Grant payments are subject to tax and subject to De-Minimis State-Aid under the Covid-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities Scheme. The Maximium level of aid that a company may recieve is €800,000. This is across all schemes under the terms of the European Commission's Framework.
  • These grant schemes will be closed by Friday 28th August 2020.  Therefore if you think that you are eligible, but have not yet made a claim, please do so as soon as possible.

In addition to the grants detailed above you may already be entitled to additional reliefs and these can be found in Business rates reliefs and reductions which may already be shown  on your bill 

YOUR ATTENTION IS DRAWN TO THE FOLLOWING - THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT ACCEPT DELIBERATE MANIPULATION AND FRAUD - ANY BUSINESS CAUGHT FALSIFYING THEIR RECORDS TO GAIN ADDITIONAL GRANT MONEY WILL FACE PROSECUTION AND ANY FUNDING ISSUED WILL BE SUBJECT TO CLAW BACK.   THE GOVERNMENT GRANTS MANAGEMENT FUNCTION AND COUNTER FRAUD FUNCTION WILL MAKE THEIR DIGITAL ASSURANCE TOOL, SPOTLIGHT, HAS BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

 

The questions in the form are being asked as part of our procedures to ensure that the correct business is being supported. Please ensure that you answer all the questions correctly and attach the necessary proof in relation to the bank account details that is requested. This is because if there are any errors or missing information then you will need to resubmit the form. Once the completed form is received payment will be made automatically via BACS on the day the form is processed.  There is no other formal confirmation provided therefore if you have not received a payment within two days please contact Businessrates@gosport.gov.uk to check the status of your payment.