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Important information about business grants

Find out about when you will get paid, monitoring of your information, and previous grant schemes.

When will I get paid?

We will aim to pay the funds into the nominated bank account within 14 days of receiving the application, payments are made on a Tuesday and Thursday of each working week. Please do not call the council during this time as it may delay the processing of grants.

Where your business is a limited company, you MUST provide the bank account details for the company and not provide a personal bank account. Payments will be delayed where personal bank details are provided. 

Where businesses who have been identified as eligible for the one-off top-up grants, the Council will automatically make the payment into your nominated bank account. 

What evidence do I have to provide?

The council reserves the right to request any evidence, explanation or proofs that it deems necessary and reasonable, in order to properly assess an applicant’s entitlement to a grant award. This condition applies at any time during or after the application process.

If an applicant fails to satisfy all reasonable requests made by the council, the council reserves the right to either not pay an award, or request the repayment of an award already paid. Any refusal to cooperate with the council will result in the rejection of the application and any grant payments already made, will be recalled.

Is the grant taxable?

Grant income received by a business is taxable. The Local Restrictions Support Grant will need to be included in your tax return. 

Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

What is State Aid?

State Aid is any advantage granted by public authorities through state resources on a selective basis to any organisations that could potentially distort competition and trade in the European Union (EU).

The definition of State Aid is very broad because ‘an advantage’ can take many forms. It is anything which an undertaking (an organisation engaged in economic activity) could not get on the open market.

State Aid rules can (among other things) apply to the following:

  • grants
  • loans
  • tax breaks, including enhanced capital allowances
  • the use or sale of a state asset for free or at less than market price.

The rules can apply to funding given to charities, public authorities and other non-profit making bodies where they are involved in commercial activities. 

How will you deal with fraud and error?

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud, and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.

The council will carry our pre and post-payment checks on all grant payments. 

How are grants monitored?

In order to monitor the outcomes and effectiveness of the scheme, East Riding of Yorkshire Council reserves the right to request any evidence, explanation or proofs that it deems necessary or reasonable. This is to satisfy the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) requirement that all grant recipients may be required to provide, on demand, all evidence and proofs to BIES as BEIS deems necessary. 

These conditions apply during and after the application process.

What support is the government offering businesses regarding my business rates bill?

The Chancellor announced a number of measures to support businesses with effect from 1 April 2020.

As part of these additional support measures, the council has processed changes to the Retail Relief Scheme which means all retail, leisure and tourism properties will pay no business rates in 2020-21, regardless of their rateable value.

The existing Retail Relief Scheme previously covered retail properties only, with a rateable value up to £51,000, but the government has:

  • widened the Retail Relief scheme to include the leisure and tourism industry, including hotels, cafes, restaurants, nightclubs and gyms
  • removed the £51,000 rateable value ceiling level
  • decreed that children's nurseries occupied by providers on the Ofsted’s Early Years Register, and wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years, will not have to pay business rates in 2020/21. There is no rateable value limit on the relief. 

All those businesses affected received a revised rates bill for nil.  All relief awards are subject to state aid 'de minimus' regulations.

The list below sets out the types of uses that the Government does not consider to be an eligible use for the purpose of this relief. 

Business premises that are being used for the provision of the following services to visiting members of the public:

  • Financial services (such as, banks, building societies, cash points, bureaux de change, payday lenders)
  • Medical services (such as, vets, dentists, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors)
  • Professional services (such as, solicitors, accountants, insurance agents/Financial advisers)
  • Post Office sorting offices
  • Business premises that are not reasonably accessible to visiting members of the public. 

There is no rateable value cap on this relief for the financial year 2020/21 only.

What Previous Business Rates Grant schemes were available?

Previous Business Rates Grants

The government made three grants schemes available to help support businesses during this period. The funding was made available to help small, rural, retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with their ongoing business costs in recognition of the disruption caused by COVID-19. 

This grant scheme closed on 28 August 2020, no further applications are being accepted.

Previous Discretionary Grant Fund

The government made available a limited pot of money in the East Riding for a local discretionary grant fund to help businesses who supply the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors that have not been able to access other forms of support, that have suffered a significant loss of income during the lockdown and that have not qualified for other forms of financial support. 

This grant scheme is now closed, no further applications are being accepted.

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