Epsom & Ewell Borough Council Discretionary Grant Scheme
On 1 May the Government announced an extension to the funds to aid small businesses with on-going fixed property-related costs. The Government issued the first draft of the guidance on 13 May. We are in the process of reviewing the guidance and preparing a scheme and we will update this web page when we have the scheme ready. Details can be found on the Government's website.
Small Business Grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
The Government announced in their Budget on 11 March 2020, there would be support for small businesses, and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors through a series of business grant schemes. In response to the Coronavirus pandemic the level of funding was increased in a statement from the Chancellor on 17 March 2020.
The Support will take the form of two grant funding schemes, the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.
To qualify for a grant the property must;
- Have an rateable value under £51,000
- Qualify for Small Business Rates Relief or the Expanded Retail Discount Scheme on 11 March 2020
- Not be occupied for private purposes e.g. private stables
- Not be a car park or car parking space.
State aid rules apply to the above schemes, and on the application form a declaration must be made that you have not received more than €800,000 in state aid over a rolling three year period. If you have received more than €800,000 over the last three years then you are not entitled to a grant.
Any grant paid is for the business rates payer, if the recipient of the grant is not the ratepayer, we may take action to recover the amount of the grant.
If you feel that you qualify for one of these schemes (although you will only be awarded one grant) please complete the form on the link below in full and we will be making payments to your bank account as soon as possible.
Please do not apply unless you have a Business Rates Bill from us, which shows that you are in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief or Retail Discount. The Bill must also show that the Rateable Value of your property is under £51,000. If you do not have all of this you will not qualify for a grant.
The government’s guidance for local authorities on how to administer the scheme can be found here
The government's Frequently Asked Questions on the grant scheme can be found here