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Government grants to support businesses

The Government has announced a number of schemes to support businesses. Regular updates are being made, so please check the Government's website for the most up to date advice.

If your business is eligible for the Small Business grant or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grant, we will have written to you. The form to submit your details is available via the ‘apply online' button, under the ‘COVID-19 small business grants or retail, hospitality and leisure grant form' heading. If you have any queries please email Covid-19BusinessSupport@wiltshire.gov.uk

Discretionary Fund

The Discretionary Fund is now closed. Applications are now being considered and applicants will be notified in due course.  

If there is any grant funding left after the applications have been dealt with, the Council will make a further announcement about how this will be allocated. 

If you have any queries please email Covid-19BusinessSupport@wiltshire.gov.uk

FAQs for small business / retail, hospitality and leisure grants

Small Business Grant Fund 

Under the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) all businesses in England in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rates Relief (RRR) as of the 11 March 2020 will be eligible for a payment of £10,000.

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

Under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) businesses in England that would have been in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) on 11 March 2020, with a rateable value of less than £51,000, will be eligible for cash grants of up to £25,000 per property. 

Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of up to and including £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000. Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of £15,000.01 or over and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000. 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.

Can I claim both grants?

Recipient businesses eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund will not be eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant. If that business you currently get Small Business Rate Relief then you can claim a Small Business Grant, but that business will not be able to claim a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant. If you have a separate Retail, Hospitality or Leisure business that does not claim Small Business rate relief then you can also claim the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant for that business.

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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. They will need to complete one online application for each individual property.

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Yes, if you meet the eligibility criteria.

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Businesses that were in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate as of 11 March 2020 will be eligible for the Small Business Grants Fund. 

For the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grants Fund, businesses that would have been in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount Scheme with properties that have a rateable value of under £51,000 are eligible.

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Provided you are an eligible ratepayer with an eligible rating assessment then you will qualify.

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Each hereditament will only have one registered ratepayer. They will take receipt of the grant.

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You could be eligible for other government support that may help your business. Please contact Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub for further advice at hello@SWGrowthHub.co.uk or 01793 698005, and they can take you through the support available. 

You can also use the government’s online tool to find coronavirus financial support. The support finder will show which loans, tax relief and cash grants your business can access:

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Errors and omissions on application forms delay the payment process as they create a need for additional levels of scrutiny.  If you do find the missing information or realise you have made an error, please email it to Covid-19BusinessSupport@wiltshire.gov.uk and include the application ref number from the acknowledgement email issued on submission of your form.

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At this stage we are unable to advise the length of time between the form being submitted and the grant being paid

We will email you if your application has been approved and the grant is being paid into your bank account. Once approved, the funds can take up to 5 working days to enter your bank account

The Assessment team will get in touch with you should there be any queries regarding your application. There is no need to contact us, if we need further details we will contact you directly.  As the teams are working seven days a week you may be contacted over the weekend

Local authorities are unable to make bank transfers over the weekend or on bank holidays. 

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Any business which accepts this funding must confirm compliance with all the applicable State aid requirements (see declaration on application form).

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Yes, the Small Business Grants, and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants will be subject to tax. Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax, as it is considered right that they contribute to our vital public services at this time.

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This government grant is not a loan and does not need to be paid back. However, if grants are paid incorrectly, or due to incorrect information, they will need to be repaid.

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COVID-19 Small Business Grants or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Form

Apply online

To submit your form, you will need the following information:

  • Business Name (registered with Companies House)
  • Companies House Certificate of Incorporation Reference Number (or other reference number) 
  • VAT registration number (as registered with HMRC) where applicable
  • Business rates account reference number

This applies to the following schemes:

Small business grant schemes (£10,000)

For businesses that pay little or no businesses rates. This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to businesses in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) or rural rates relief. If your business is eligible for SBRR or rural rate relief, we will contact you you do not need to apply.

The Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme £25,000

The Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme provides businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property.

  • For businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of under £15,000, they will receive a grant of £10,000
  • For businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000, they will receive a grant of £25,000.

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Last updated: 22 June 2020 | Last reviewed: 22 June 2020