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Coronavirus: £10,000 Small Business Support Grant Scheme

21 May 2020


Registration for the £10,000 Small Business Support 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.

Applications will be assessed and payments made as soon as possible where they demonstrate clear eligibility. In cases where eligibility is less clear, it will be necessary to carry out further verification checks, you will be contacted where further information is required and payments will be made as soon as possible. Therefore, you should regularly check the email account (and the junk mail). The grant payment will be sent directly to your bank account and you will receive an email confirming that the grant payment has been issued.

Be assured that applications are being worked through as quickly as possible. You should 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 I have applied but I am waiting for my rate account or Total NAV to be updated?

In cases where the application needs to be updated to accommodate any changes to a rate account, to reflect the correct occupancy status (Occupancy ID) as at the 17 March 2020, or where a change to the Total NAV is due and the valuation review is at a sufficiently advanced stage, this can be dealt with using the existing application from the business and there is no need for the application to be resubmitted.

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

Find further information in the frequently asked questions on the Small Business Support Grant (PDF, 991K).

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 £10,000 Small Business Support Grant

The NI Executive provided a one-off grant of £10,000 to businesses that were 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, were also eligible for the £10,000 grant.

Please note that a number of exclusions apply to the scheme, including:

  • SBRR is automatically applied to business properties with a Total Net Annual Value below £15,000, though some exclusions to SBRR apply.
  • Vacant properties are not eligible for this grant.
  • MP and MLA Constituency offices are not eligible for this grant.
  • In general, only one grant can be paid in respect of each property and only one grant can be paid to each business, irrespective of how many properties the business occupies. If separate businesses are operating from separate properties, then a grant could be registered in relation to each separate business that occupies a separate property. Further information about multiple businesses / multiple business premises is available in the frequently asked questions on the Small Business Support Grant (PDF, 991K).

Businesses should be aware that:

  • 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.

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


First published 19 March 2020