Richmondshire District Council

Richmondshire District Council are administering the COVID-19 business grant scheme for our district area on behalf of the government. Before you start to compete the grant application form, please have to hand your:

  • Business rate account number (this can be found on your business rate bill)
  • Rateable value of the property (this can be found on your business rate bill)
  • Name on business bank account
  • Business bank account number
  • Business bank sort code
  • Business VAT registered number
  • Business company registration number
  • Fields with an asterisk ( * ) are mandatory answers that need to be complete so that you are able to submit the form

    If you are liable for business rates on 11 March 2020 but have not informed the council of this, you should follow the link below and supply your details so that we can create your business rate account number.

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    The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses throughout this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

    This funding is being made available to help small, rural, retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with their ongoing business costs in recognition of the disruption caused by COVID-19.

    Who will receive the funding?

    The person who will receive the grant is the person who (according to the billing records) was the ratepayer in respect of the property on the 11 March 2020.

    Rate relief shall not be awarded in any circumstances where it appears that an award will result in the ratepayer receiving state aid that is above the current de minimus level of €800,000 aid in a three year period (consisting of the current financial year and the two previous financial years).

    Please note - Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back.

    This form is for:

    1) Small Business Grant Scheme (including charities and community organisations)

    Support for businesses that pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBRR) or rural rate relief (RRR). This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs.


    You are eligible for the grant if:

    • you are a small business and already receive SBRR and/or RRR
    • you are a business that occupies property


    • properties occupied for personal use (e.g. private stables)
    • car parks and parking spaces
    • businesses in liquidation or dissolved as of the 11 March 2020

    2) Grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses (including charities and community organisations)

    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. Businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of £15,000 and under will receive a grant of £10,000. Businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of between £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.


    You are eligible if:

    • your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector
    • your property would have been eligible for a discount under the business rates Expanded Retail Discount Scheme

    Properties that will benefit from the relief will be property occupied and mainly being used for:

    • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
    • for assembly and leisure
    • as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation


    • properties occupied for personal use (e.g. private stables)
    • car parks and parking spaces
    • businesses in liquidation or dissolved as of the 11 March 2020
    • properties with a rateable value of over £51,000
    • only one grant may be awarded per property

    What happens next:

    • We will review the form and check if you are eligible for the grant
    • If the criteria has been met, and once funds have been made available from central government, payment will be made to the bank account that you have provided details for on this form

    What you'll need to provide:

    • Your contact details
    • Business details (including business rate account number and rateable value of your property)
    • Business bank details (including VAT and CRN if applicable)

    Your privacy

    The information you provide on this application form will be used to facilitate your business grant application request. The information will only be disclosed to individuals in the Council who require it to complete your request. Please be aware that your information may be passed to the Council’s Counter Fraud Service and/or the Police if we suspect any fraudulent activity. For more information about how we use your personal data please see the Council’s Privacy Notice on its website.

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