Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support grant funding - guidance for local authorities

Guidance for local authorities setting out details of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF).

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Details

This guidance sets out details and eligibility criteria for:

  • the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF)
  • the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF)

It informs local authorities about the operation and delivery of the 2 funding schemes.

The guidance applies to England only.

Updates

3 April

Added State Aid information.

2 April

Added details of grant funding allocations by local authority.

1 April

Updated information on:

  • state aid
  • monitoring and reporting requirements
  • post payment checks
  • eligibility of charities

25 March

Paragraph 17 updated to: Hereditaments that were not eligible for percentage SBRR relief (including those eligible for the Small Business Rate Multiplier) are excluded.

These business grant schemes were announced at Budget on 11 March 2020, and the level of funding was increased in a statement from the Chancellor on 17 March 2020.

Published 24 March 2020
Last updated 3 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. Information about State Aid added.

  2. We've added the grant funding allocations by local authority.

  3. Updated information on state aid, monitoring and reporting requirements, post payment checks, eligibility of charities.

  4. Version 3 published with updates on State Aid, monitoring and reporting requirements, new annexes on state aid, Spotlight, and post payment checks, clarification of eligibility of charities.

  5. Paragraph 17 updated to: Hereditaments that were not eligible for percentage SBRR relief (including those eligible for the Small Business Rate Multiplier) are excluded.

  6. First published.