New – Discretionary Local Restrictions Support Grants – Businesses forced to close that do not have a Business rates account

Sheffield City Region has secured funding to support local businesses across South Yorkshire that have been forced to close but are unable to access any of the national grant schemes because they do not have a separate business rates account. 

To access this support the business must be able to demonstrate that they have fixed property related costs and must have been forced to close during the national restrictions.

We will support businesses that fall into one of (but not restricted to) the following categories

  • Small business in shared spaces that do not have a separate business rates account
  • Regular market traders (indoor or outdoor) with fixed property costs
  • Self-employed who rent a space in a property that is registered for business rates (example hairdresser renting a chair)

You must also not have been able to access any other Government Business Support during this period.  (NOTE this excludes the Governments Furlough support scheme or self-employed income scheme)

How much support you’ll receive

The payment amount will depend on the rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage of the occupied property.  Payments will be made as follows

A property with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage ofGrant Payment
Below £1,500Do not qualify
Between £1,501 to £2,999£500
Between £3,000 to £15,000£1334
Between £15,001 and £50,999£2000
Above £51,000£3000

This is a one off discretionary payment and covers any period from Wednesday 14 October when the first restrictions were introduced. 

To support your application you will be expected to provide evidence of the fixed property costs, this might be a rent book or a tenancy agreement.  If you are unable to provide evidence of these payments the application will be refused.

Upon receipt of a complete application form an email will be sent to you requesting the evidence needed to make a decision.

Please note that once the funding allocation has been spent no further awards can be made and any outstanding applications will be rejected. 

As this is a discretionary scheme there is no formal appeal process.  The Council will reconsider a decision where it is clear that an error has been made but only when funding is still available.  This scheme is separate from any national funding and any guidance from central government has no bearing in the decision making process.

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