Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Financial assistance for businesses

Last updated 29/06/2020.

The government has announced a set of financial measures to provide support to businesses that experience increased costs or disruptions to their cash flow as a result of COVID-19.

Local Authority Discretionary Grant 

On 1 May 2020 the Government announced that a discretionary fund has been set up to accommodate certain small businesses, previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme.

Applications were accepted, decisions around awarding the grant were made and for those wishing to appeal a decision the appeal process is open for 14 days from the date when the Council made the decision and notified all applicants. 

Great news - we now have a new grant available.

Our New and Expanded Discretionary Grant Opens Monday 29 June 2020 

Businesses eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund are not eligible to apply. 

However, anyone eligible for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or Self –Employed Income Support Scheme may apply for the Discretionary Grant Scheme.

These grants are for:

  • Small Businesses under the Companies Act 2006
  • Micro Businesses under the Companies Act 2006
  • Small and Micro Businesses with relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs.
  • Businesses must demonstrate they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the Covid -19 crisis
  • Businesses must be trading on 11 March 2020
  • Businesses which occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £65,000.

Please read our scheme details here:

To be eligible for the new and expanded discretionary grant businesses must be able to provide evidence to demonstrate that they have seen a significant drop of income due to the COVID – 19 crisis and ongoing fixed property related costs. This evidence will be required as part of the application process.

The allocation of funding will be at the discretion of the Hambleton District Council officers administering the scheme. Grants will be awarded in the following bands,  with a maximum £25,000 in exceptional circumstances:

  • Market Traders - £5,000
  • Charity - £5,000
  • B&B - £7,500
  • Shared offices or other flexible workspaces - £7,500
  • Micro - £7,500
  • Small - £10,000

The application window will be open for two weeks; it closes at midnight on Sunday 12 July 2020.

Grants will be payable after the two week application window has closed and as soon as it is practicable to do so.  If the grant fund is oversubscribed the Council reserves the right to allocate funds by assessing the needs of the local economy in line with eligibility criteria detailed in the scheme. 

Any reviews of decisions need to be registered within 14 days following the date the grants are paid out. 

Apply for the Local Authority Discretionary Grant online here

Apply for the Local Authority Discretionary Grant here »

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grant Fund

To support businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a cash grant of up to £25,000 per property.

Small Business Grant Fund

To support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBBR), rural rate relief (RRR) and tapered relief with a one-off grant of £10,000 to help meet ongoing business costs.

Further details on eligibility are set out in the summary document below we ask that you read this information before submitting an application:

If your business is eligible for a grant please complete the on-line application form. It will ask you for details of your business, contact details for correspondence and bank account details. This will enable us to verify the grant application and make the payment directly into your bank account.

It is also important that you have your business rates reference number. This can be found on the demand notice posted out at the beginning of March 2020. If you are unable to find your number you can contact the Customer Services Team at the Council who will assist.

To ensure that businesses are alerted to the financial support available, all eligible businesses will receive a letter in the next few days, which will also include your business rates reference number.

Apply for the Small Business Grant Fund online here

Apply for the Business Support Grant here »

We will endeavour to process your application as soon as possible and you will receive email confirmation when the payment has been made.

If you have any questions please contact [email protected]

Further Financial Support

Business rates relief

We are in the process of sending out updated bills for those businesses eligible for the new government reliefs. Please do not contact us about the reliefs; we will issue updated bills automatically if your business is eligible.

If you have a Direct Debit set up against a business rates account, which is eligible for full business rates relief, no payments will be taken for the 2020/21 financial year. You do not need to notify us to cancel your Direct Debit arrangement. 

If we do take a payment and you think we shouldn’t have done, please let us know.

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

CBILS is a new scheme, announced by The Chancellor at Budget 2020, that can provide facilities of up to £5m for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to their cashflow. Find out more here:

Tax Helpline

HMRC Helpline for businesses concerned about paying their taxes due to coronavirus.

Additional Support Grants

You can find details of additional support grants for businesses here:

Other Government support

For information on the following please see the Government support for businesses page

  • Coronoavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Deferring VAT and Income Tax Payments
  • Self-employment Income Support Scheme
  • Statutory Sick Pay Relief package for small and medium sized businesses

Business grants FAQs

When will I receive my grant?

As you can appreciate we are dealing with a large volume of applications and grant payments are being made on a daily basis.  We are working to bring you this support as quickly as possible and anticipate, if eligible, you should receive your grant early April. You will receive an email to confirm that the payment has been made into your account. We have a team of people working through the applications with queries and we will be in touch if there is anything that we need to clarify.

I’ve made an error on my application form, can you correct this for me?

It is not possible to go back into a form to make changes and we are unable to access the forms on your behalf, if you have made a mistake please submit the details of the changes you would like to make and email them to [email protected]

I've applied for the Business grant, but I have not received it yet.

We fully understand that this is an extremely difficult and worrying time for businesses in our district. Our team have worked tirelessly to keep you updated, give advice and process the Grants which we have received in excess of 2060 applications. To date we have paid out over £17.31 million in Grant Funding. We can appreciate that it is frustrating when you hear that someone has applied after you and received their Grant before you. The process is complicated, if all the correct information is submitted and the business is eligible then the Grants are able to be cross checked and processed, however there are number of factors that during this process that can cause delay. We would ask that you bear with us, we are working as fast as we can and will continue to pay out the Grants to those businesses that are eligible as soon as we can

I have received the “forbidden” message when filling in the form.

This usually means that the applicant has entered or clicked a URL, which does not exist. For example, if it says on the letter, which they received and they enter in error i.e. missed off a letter or misspelt

The “Forbidden” message can also appear if there is a connectivity issue, for example, our web forms may have been down at the time. This sometimes happens in the middle of completing a form and only usually lasts a few minutes but depending on which part of the system has gone down, it may log the customer out of their session. If the customer goes to and tries again, it should work correctly.

Are applicants with multiple businesses operating from one address entitled to submit multiple claims?

Provided each business was registered with Business Rates at 11th March 2020 and is in receipt of a zero rated bill they are able to submit multiple applications.

If a business is in a property on 11 March 2020, but had not registered with the council for Non Domestic Rate, as long as the council can confirm this, the business is eligible for a grant.

If a property has more than one business occupying and the Valuation Office has not split the property, there will only be one grant.

I am unable to proceed after trying to input my postcode (etc)

An updated version of the online form will be available from Wednesday, with additional functionality to populate the form with information held on record for your business, we will contact you when this is available

How do I apply for support to pay my workforce?

This is being administered by HMRC, details of this can be found here:

I am a sole director of a Limited Company that I operate from my home address, do I qualify for any support

We are aware that there are currently some gaps in support for businesses and these are being highlighted to government. In the meantime, you may wish to contact the Job Centre to enquire about your eligibility for Universal Credit.

I have second business outside of Hambleton, can HDC assist me?

Each Local Authority is administering this support for their businesses. Please complete the online form for your Hambleton business and contact the relevant council to enquire about support for your other business

Useful links

Businesses should check for daily updates at GOV.UK and subscribe to receive email alerts to ensure they are acting on the most up to date information​.