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Grant funding schemes

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors

Businesses in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for the following cash grants per property. Full details on this scheme are in this guidance

Businesses who previously paid their business rates by Direct Debit have had their grant payments processed. 

We have written to all eligible businesses to invite them to submit their information for a grant payment - you can do so online by clicking the link below.

The application should only take a few minutes - you will need your business rates reference number which will be on your most recent bill from the Council.  

You will need to enter your business name exactly as it appears on your bill, you may need to try organisation and/or individual when entering your details.

If you do not have your reference number contact us at br@gloucester.gov.uk clearly stating your name, business name and business address and a contact telephone number and we will contact you.


Apply here for the business rate grant

How much is the grant?

For eligible businesses occupying properties with rateable values of:

  • £15,000 or less on 11 March 2020 the grant is £10,000
  • £15,001 and £51,000 on 11 March 2020 the grant is £25,000

When will I receive the grant?

Grant payments are processed daily.  The grant will be paid into your bank account within 2-3 working days of you completing the secure application online.  Please allow for bank holidays and weekends.

Small businesses

Businesses that are receipt of small business rate relief on 11 March 2020 will receive a grant of £10,000.

There are exceptions:

  • properties occupied for personal use, for example, private stables, beach huts and moorings will not qualify for a cash grant even if they're in receipt of relief
  • car parks and parking spaces
  • properties where the liability is calculated using the small business multiplier but not in receipt of small business rate relief will not qualify for the grant
  • businesses which are not ratepayers in the business rates system are not included in this scheme.

Further Grant Funding

Further grant funding was announced by the Government on 1 May 2020, to support businesses affected by COVID 19 and not eligible under the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG).

Gloucester City Council expect to receive further guidance from the Government about this additional grant in the week commencing 11 May 2020.  Once we have this information we will update our website.

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