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The Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) supports small and rural businesses in England with their business costs during coronavirus.


  • Eligibility
  • How to claim
  • What happens next

Small businesses in England which pay little or no business rates are entitled to a one-off cash grant of £10,000 from their local council.



You’re eligible if your business:

Changes made to a business’s rateable value or rating assessment after 11 March 2020 will not affect eligibility.


Properties excluded from the fund

You cannot get funding for:

  • properties occupied for personal uses, such as private stables, beach huts and moorings
  • car parks and parking spaces

If you use more than one property

Eligible businesses can get one grant per property.


You cannot claim both the small business grant and the retail, hospitality and leisure grant on the same property.


If you already get state aid

The small business grant counts towards the total de minimis state aid you’re allowed to get over a 3 year period.


Your local council will ask you to complete a de minimis declaration confirming that you will not exceed the de minimis state aid threshold of €200,000.


If you exceed the de minimis threshold you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework.


Your local council will ask you to complete a declaration confirming that:

  • you will not exceed the state aid temporary framework threshold of €800,000
  • you were not an ‘undertaking in difficulty’ on 31 December 2019

How to claim

You do not need to take any action. If you’re an eligible business, your local council will contact you and provide details of how to claim.


Contact your local council if you think you’re eligible for a grant but have not yet received it.


What happens next

The grant will be paid to the person registered as the ratepayer for the property as of 11 March 2020.


You do not have to pay the grant back but it will be taxable. Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.


1 May 2020
Updated with information on tax.


3 April 2020
Updated with information about state aid.


1 April 2020
First published.


Find out how other businesses have used the Small Business Grant Fund.

further support please call the growth hub team on 01293 305965

Malcolm Brabon

Head of Services

Lou Williams

Growth Manager

Matthew Heath

Growth Grant Project Manager

Ryan Davies

Growth Relationship Team Leader

Jonathan Alderman

Business Analyst

Andrew Kerry-Bedell

Growth Adviser

Richard Butcher

Growth Adviser

Carolyn Bentley

Growth Adviser

Luke West

Business Growth Executive

Taygan Paxton

Growth Coordinator

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