Coronavirus: £10,000 Small Business Support Grant Scheme

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Small Business Support Grant Top-Up Scheme

Further details on the Small Business Support Grant Top-Up Scheme have now published.

Registration for the scheme closed on Wednesday 20 May 2020 and all applications have now been processed.

Appeals will no longer be accepted from unsuccessful applicants who did not submit their appeal within 2 weeks of their rejection notice. This is effective from 20 October 2020.

Further information - FAQs and email support

Find further information in the frequently asked questions on the Small Business Support Grant (PDF, 1.06MB).

A helpline was available on Tel 0300 200 7809 from 27 March until 12 June 2020 to support applicants registering for the business support grants. The helpline is now closed. If you have enquiries about the £10,000 Small Business Grant Scheme please email

Scheme applications and awarding of funds

By closure on Wednesday 20 May 2020, the £10,000 Grant scheme for small business ratepayers in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief or Industrial Derating had attracted 24,042 applications and a further 1,885 applications were received under the separate rental scheme, bringing the total number of applications to 24,227.

Initial payments were issued automatically to ratepayers who paid their business rates to LPS by Direct Debit within a week of the scheme being announced. As of Friday 16 October, a total of 24,611 small businesses in Northern Ireland have been provided with support through the Small Business Grant Scheme. Most payments were issued to applicants who had applied online. Payments were made through Account NI to a value of £246,053 (8 applications were paid at a reduced rate of £5,000 having previously availed of the Micro Business Scheme).

Repaying the grant 

If you have received payment but you are not eligible for this grant, email to make arrangements to return the grant money and enable government to use this money to support other businesses who require assistance during this time.

Further support

Find further help available for business rates and the latest coronavirus updates: support for your business.

First published 19 March 2020