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COVID 19: Small Business Grants application process in Peterborough & Northamptonshire

April Foster

One of the measures announced by the Government in response to the coronavirus crisis is the Small Business Grant Fund. 

Initial guidance appeared to indicate that the grants would be processed automatically, however, what we are now seeing is that many Local Councils are requiring eligible businesses to submit an application form.  

Available grants

Small Business Grant Fund
For smaller businesses receiving small business rates relief (SBBR) or rural rates relief as at 11 March 2020, the government will provide grants of £10,000 to help eligible businesses meet their ongoing business costs.  

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
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 the following cash grants per property:
•    Property with a rateable value of up to £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000
•    Property with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.

Grant application process in Peterborough, Corby and Northampton

In Peterborough and Northamptonshire, the guidance from local authorities is as follows: 

Northampton Borough Council
Northampton based businesses need to apply for the Small Business Grant online: 

Corby Borough Council
Corby Borough Council are asking businesses to complete an online application form. 

Peterborough City Council
Peterborough City Council are asking businesses to verify their information to support payments being made quickly.

If you are located outside these areas and eligible for a grant, we recommend that  you check with your local authority to find out what action is required for your grant to be processed. 

If you need further advice on this or any of the other measures available to support businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, please contact your local Moore adviser.