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Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) and Small Business Grant (SBG)



Small busin​ess RHLG and SBG grant funding

The date for new applications is now closed.


Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG)

​Businesses in England in receipt of the expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) and with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible.

Where the property has a rateable value​ of up to £15,000 a grant of £10,000 will be payable.

Where the property has a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 a grant of £25,000 will be payable in line with the following eligibility criteria.

Properties which on 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 for that date are eligible for the grant.


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.
For the avoidance of doubt, businesses which as of 11 March were in liquation or were dissolved will not be eligible.
Properties occupied for personal uses will not be eligible. Examples given by the government include private stables, loose boxes, beach huts, moorings, car parks and parking spaces.

Small Business Grant (SBG)

The government is providing additional funding for Local Authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBRR), rural rate relief (RRR) and tapered relief. This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs.

Am I eligible?

You will be eligible if:
  1. your business is based in England and
  2. in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief as of 11 March and
  3. you are a business that occupies property

Who will receive this funding?

The person who according to our records was the ratepayer in respect of the hereditament on 11 March 2020 will receive the funding. Only one grant will be applied per eligible property.
Where we have reason to believe that the information we hold about the ratepayer is incorrect we may withhold payment of the grant whilst we take reasonable steps to identify the correct ratepayer.
If we discover that we have paid the wrong ratepayer then steps will be taken to recover the grant.
Information required to pay the grants.
We already hold a lot of the information that the government has asked us to collect to pay these grants. However additional information over and above what we currently hold is required.
We would ask you to complete this online data capture form to provide us with your most up to date information to ensure that we pay the right people the right grant.
If information you provide differs from that which we hold (for example the bank account you ask us to pay the grant to differs from the account you have previously paid a direct debit from) then we may contact you to verify this.
We hope you understand we will only be doing this to ensure that the process has not been intercepted by a third party trying to misappropriate the funds.
See the government’s business support website for more information on the cash grants available.

Cash grant for retail, hospitality and leisure

Small business grant funding

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