Business rate grant fund – an update

Local authorities are gearing up to deal with applications from businesses looking to access grant schemes set up in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The government has announced small business grant funding of £10,000 for all business in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief.

This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs.

Any enquiries on eligibility for, or provision of, the reliefs and grants should be directed to your relevant local authority.

You are eligible for this if you are a small business based in England, your business occupies property and you already received Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR), Rural Rate Relief (RRR).

The response to the grant scheme is still developing but some local authorities have created online forms for businesses to fill in. Others say they will contact businesses directly.

Here’s what some individual councils in the North West are doing to respond to the scheme:

Blackburn with Darwin Council:
Applications should be made via the council’s website.

Blackpool Council:
You do not need to do anything. The council will write to you if you are eligible.

Burnley Council
Waiting on further details from the government

Chorley Council
The council says it will contact everyone who is eligible directly as soon as possible

• Fylde Council
The council has an online application form:

Hyndburn Council
The council is writing to all local businesses in its area

Lancaster City Council
For information visit:

To make an online application visit:

Pendle Council
Awaiting government guidance

Preston City Council
The council has begun the process of writing to everyone who may be eligible. If you haven’t received a letter by April 15 get in touch through the city council’s website. For information visit:

• Ribble Valley Council
In the process of writing to everyone who may be eligible for the grant

• South Lakeland Council
Fill in the online form to apply:

• South Ribble
The council has an online application form at:-

• West Lancashire
Businesses that are eligible will receive a letter and an email

• Wyre Council:
For information visit:
For an online form visit: