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There are two funding schemes which are currently available (both delivered by local authorities):

 

The Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF)

  • Eligibility Criteria: Under the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) all eligible businesses in England in receipt of either Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rates Relief (RRR) in the business rates system will be eligible for a payment of £10,000 (as of 11th March 2020).

 

The Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF)

  • Under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) eligible businesses in England 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 a cash grants of £10,000 or £25,000 per property (as of 11th March 2020).
  • Properties which on the 11 March 2020 had a rateable value of less than £51,000 and would have been eligible for a discount under the business rates Expanded Retail Discount Scheme had that scheme been in force are eligible for the grant. Charities which would otherwise meet this criteria but whose bill for 11 March had been reduced to nil by a local discretionary award should still be considered to be eligible for the RHL grant.

 

What could we receive?

  • Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of up to and including £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000.  
  • Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000. 
  • Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or over are not eligible for this scheme. Businesses which are not ratepayers in the business rates system are not included in this scheme.  

 

Are there exclusions?

  • SBGF: Exclusions to Small Business Grant Fund include properties occupied for personal uses, such as private stables and loose boxes, beach huts and moorings, car parks and parking spaces.
  • Businesses which as of the 11 March (2020) were in liquidation or were dissolved will not be eligible.
  • RHLGF: Exclusions include properties occupied for personal uses, such as private stables and loose boxes, beach huts and moorings, car parks and parking spaces.
  • Also excluded are properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over.  
  • Businesses which as of the 11 March (2020) were in liquidation or were dissolved will not be eligible.

 

How do we access/receive this funding? Do we need to action anything?

  • If you are eligible, your Local Authority will be in touch with you to arrange payment. Eligible recipients will receive one grant per property.
  • Recipients cannot receive both SBGF and RHLG on the same property.
  • The person who, according to the billing authority’s records, was the ratepayer for the property on the 11 March 2020 will be contacted to receive this funding – so the only thing we would advise unions is to ensure this information is accurate and up to date.

 

We have already seen some Local Authorities (England) getting in touch with students’ unions and arranging payments for April 2020 (under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund).

 

You can find the full grant funding guidance here.

 

In addition to the government run scheme, funding is also available for charities through the Reaching Communities England (National Lottery Community Fund).

 

England-based charities now apply for funding (between £10,000 and £100,000) for up to six months activity/expenditure from this fund.

 

This fund focuses on funding projects and organisations helping communities through the COVID-19 pandemic specifically. They are looking to fund activities supporting people affected by the crisis. You can also apply for funding if your organisation is struggling financially because of the impact of COVID-19.

 

Who can apply:

  • voluntary and community organisation
  • registered charity or charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
  • group of organisations, as long as they're led by a voluntary or community organisation
  • schools
  • statutory body (including local authorities, town, parish or community council)
  • not for profit company including companies limited by guarantee and Community Interest Companies with two or more directors (see the bullet points below for CICs we can’t fund).

 

If you’re an unincorporated union you might be able to access this funding but normally National Lottery expect the groups to use part of their funding to incorporate and, where appropriate, register as a charity.

 

There is currently no deadline to apply for this funding. You can apply online here.

 

Other useful links for students’ unions based in England: