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Coronavirus (COVID-19): small business, retail, hospitality and leisure Grant Funds

Coronavirus (COVID-19): small business, retail, hospitality and leisure Grant Funds

Who can get a grant, types of grant and how to apply for one.

We aim to process new applications for grants within 2 weeks. Complex cases may take longer. Please don't reapply if you're already applied.

We’re sending text messages to businesses in Bristol who may be eligible for these grants but haven’t applied.

So you know it’s genuine, the text message will:

  • be from ‘Bristol CC’
  • include the link https://bit.ly/BCCgrant

In response to coronavirus (COVID-19), the government announced support for small businesses and businesses working in these sectors:

  • retail
  • hospitality
  • leisure

There are two grant funding schemes:

  • £10,000 under the Small Business Grant Fund
  • either £10,000 or £25,000 under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

Note that the grant won’t be paid:

  • on car parks and parking spaces
  • if the property is used for personal uses, for example private stables or artist studios
  • if the business was in liquidation or was dissolved on 11 March 2020
  • if the rateable value of the property is over £50,999

You'll be eligible for either the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant or the Small Business Grant, not both. If you think you meet the criteria for both grants, apply for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) of £10,000

Your property must have been occupied and in receipt of either full or sliding scale Small Business Rate Relief as defined on GOV.UK on the 11 March 2020. 

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) of either £10,000 or £25,000

To be eligible for the grant, your property must have:

  • been occupied on 11 March 2020
  • a rateable value of less than £51,000
  • been eligible for a discount under the business rates Expanded Retail Discount Scheme had that scheme been in force for that date, 11 March 2020

You’ll be entitled to one grant per property and paid:

  • £10,000 if your property has a rateable value up to £15,000
  • £25,000 if your rateable value is over £15,000 and less than £51,000

Apply for grant

Contact business.rates@bristol.gov.uk if you have questions. We'll get back to you as soon as possible. 

Rating list changes

Any changes to the rating list on either the rateable value or to the hereditament after 11 March 2020, including changes which have been backdated to this date, will be ignored for the purposes of eligibility.

Business grants top up fund

Small businesses that aren't eligible for the small business or retail, leisure and hospitality grant funds may be eligible for the business grants top up fund.

We'll:

  • publish full details when the fund is open for applications
  • contact businesses that are eligible to apply