21 May 2020
Online form for rental properties with a sole tenant that meet the eligibility criteria for the £10,000 and £25,000 Business Support Grant Schemes and/or properties with a Total Net Annual Value (NAV) of £1,590 or below.
Registration for the £10,000 Small Business Support Grant and the £25,000 Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Grant closed at 23.59 on Wednesday 20 May 2020
I have already applied for the grant, when will I be paid?
If you have already registered for the scheme and provided details using the online form (either through the £10,000 grant online registration form or the online form for rental properties with a sole tenant and/or properties with a Total NAV of £1,590 or below), your details are currently being checked. If everything is in order, you will receive an email confirming that the grant payment has been issued. Please note that the payments may take three days to clear the banking process.
If you are not eligible to receive the grant, if there has been a problem with your registration, or if you are required to provide more information to progress your application you will receive an email with further information and details on what to do next.
Be assured that applications are being worked through as quickly as possible.
If you have already completed the pre-registration process via the online rental properties form, your details are currently being checked.
Your details are now being verified, and if you are considered to meet the pre-eligibility criteria for the £25,000 scheme, you will be required to provide further information including business details, bank details and state aid and other key declarations to complete your application. You will be contacted in due course with instructions on how to provide further information and complete the second stage of the process.
Please note that a substantial amount of applications for this scheme are currently being verified and validated. It would be appreciated if you could be patient and await contact from the Business Grants Team. Please be assured that the Business Grants Team will be in contact to provide further instructions as quickly as possible. Please ensure that you regularly monitor your email account (including the junk folder) and respond quickly to requests.
What if the online form did not allow me to apply before the closing date?
In cases where the online form did not allow you to submit an online application but you contacted the Business Grants Team before the scheme closed on 20 May 2020 and it was subsequently established that you are eligible to apply, the date that you first contacted the Business Grants Team about the application will be considered to be the date of your application. In this case, you will be contacted to provide further information to support your application.
In case of any dispute about the date of the first contact, the onus will be on the applicant to provide clear evidence that they contacted the Business Grants Team before the scheme closed on 20 May 2020.
Further information - FAQs and helpline
£25,000 Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Grant - FAQs (PDF, 879K)
If you have enquiries about the Small Business Grant Scheme call Tel: 0300 200 7809. The helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9 am - 5 pm.
About the Business Support Grants
The NI Executive is providing a one-off grant to businesses to help them to meet their ongoing business costs.
- Find out more about the £10,000 Small Business Support Grant
- Find out more about the £25,000 Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Grant
For rental properties, the scheme is designed to benefit the occupying business and not the landlord or managing agent who is responsible for paying the rates. Under rating legislation, the landlord is liable for rates on non-domestic rental properties with a Total Net Annual Value (NAV) below £1,590. This is why further information is required to ensure that that the grant is being paid to the small business who owns and occupies the property with a Total NAV below £1,590, and not a landlord or letting agent.
If the property is not rented from a landlord or letting agent, but a business rents space within the same property from another occupying business, the business ratepayer who is named on the rate account and receives the business rate bill directly from Land & Property Services (LPS) will be considered to be the occupying business for the purposes of the grant. Only one grant payment can be paid in relation to each property.
£10,000 Business Support Grant Scheme - eligibility
The £10,000 Grant is open to businesses that are currently in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR).
Businesses with a Total Net Annual Value of £15,000 and below, who currently benefit from Industrial Derating, are also eligible for the £10,000 grant.
Please note that a number of exclusions apply to the scheme. Find out more about eligibility for the Coronavirus: £10,000 Small Business Support Grant
£25,000 Business Support Grant Scheme - eligibility
A one-off grant of £25,000 is available to eligible businesses that have a Total Net Annual Value (NAV) of between £15,001 and £51,000 within the retail, hospitality, tourism and leisure sectors, subject to some exclusions.
Businesses must operate in a premises in the retail, hospitality, tourism or leisure sectors, in one of the following:
|Amusements||Garden Centre||Race Track|
|Arts Gallery||Golf Driving Range||Restaurant|
|Auction Mart||Harbour||Retail Warehouse|
|Bakery||Ice Rink||Riding School|
|Bingo Hall||Laundry||Shooting Range|
|Bowling Alley||Leisure/Gym/Fitness Centre||Shop|
|Camping Site||Museum||Sports Club|
|Car Wash||Office (in eligible sector)||Taxi Depot|
|Caravan Site||Outdoor Centre||Theatre|
|Cinema||Petrol Filling Station||Tourism Accommodation|
|Entertainment Centre||Play Centre||Visitor Centre|
|Exhibition Venue||Post Office|
|Funeral Parlour||Public House|
Read full eligibility criteria and exclusions on the £25,000 Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Grant.
Terms and conditions for the grant schemes
Businesses should be aware that:
- These grants constitute State Aid. Payments of the £10,000 grant are being awarded on the basis of the European Commission’s COVID-19 Temporary Framework (PDF, 119K) and payments of the £25,000 grant are being awarded on the basis of the European Commission’s de minimis rules - Regulation (EC) No 1407/2013. You will be asked to confirm that you agree to the State Aid Requirements when completing this form.
- If any information provided with your registration form is later found to be false, repayment of funding may be required.
- Any payment must be declared to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) as appropriate as part of the tax return for the business.
- The grants constitute State Aid. You will be asked to confirm that you agree to the State Aid Requirements when completing the online form
For £25,000 grant applicants the application form set out the following conditions:
- The business on which this application is based is currently experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and has an evident need for financial relief under the terms and conditions of the Department for the Economy's (DfE) Business Support Scheme. DfE will as usual use a risk-based approach to compliance.
- Any grant received by you, under the terms and conditions of DfE’s Business Support Scheme, will be used only for the purpose intended - ie to help alleviate the financial pressure of the recipient business and to the exclusion of any other individual or third party gain
- The information provided as an authorised applicant for the business is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief and I agree, should DfE, the Northern Ireland Audit Office, or their representatives, determine that the grant was awarded on the basis of wrong or misleading information, the grant will be subject to recovery in full.
- You accept that acceptance of this grant means that any officer/agent of DfE or Northern Ireland Audit Office or their representatives at any reasonable time to enter its premises to interview the applicant and inspect, copy, record and take away any accounting or other record, including original documents, as may be required for the purposes of confirming the eligibility of the applicant.
- You understand that providing wrong or misleading information to secure public money is an offence and may lead to criminal investigation and prosecution.
- You understand that the information provided on this claim form will be made available to other government departments and their agencies for the purpose of detecting and preventing crime.
- You understand that if DfE approves this application, these terms and conditions shall be enforceable on the basis of a contract between me/the business and DfE.
First published 30 April 2020