Small business, retail, leisure and hospitality grant

Find out how you can claim grant funding as a charity, small business or a business in the retail, leisure and hospitality sector.

Further information

These one-off cash grants are to support small businesses that pay little or no business rates, as well as businesses in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors. We have written to businesses that are eligible. Find out more about these grants.

When you input your business rates account number on the claim form it will automatically tell you whether you qualify.

Only one grant per property is payable.

There are currently two grants available with the addition of a small business discretionary grant which will be available soon.

To be eligible for the small business grant of £10,000 your business must:

To be eligible for the retail, hospitality and leisure grant your business or charity must:

  • be based in Leicester; and
  • be in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector; and
  • receive or be eligible to a business rate reduction under the Government’s expanded retail discount scheme; and
  • have occupied a property as at 11 March 2020 that is wholly or mainly used as hospitality, retail, or leisure venue, with a rateable value of less than £51,000.

Eligible businesses with a rateable value of up to and including £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000. Those with a ratebale value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.

Properties occupied for personal uses and those used as car parks and parking spaces are excluded from the above grant schemes.

See our detailed policy on business rate relief in these sectors: Expanded retail discount policy 2020-2021 (PDF)

Your business will also need to ensure that the grant would not cause State Aid thresholds to be breached. This is expected to apply to only a very small number of businesses.

If you think you should qualify but our claim form tells you that the rates account is ineligible, please follow the links to the government’s rate relief criteria. If, having read these, you still think a business grant should be payable, please email us and explain why.

Applications submitted from businesses, currently subject to a live striking off order, will not be paid until the order has been removed from the Companies House register.

We recommend you read the government guidance before submitting your claim. We have summarised the key points at the start of the grant claim form. You can only claim one grant if your premises qualify under both schemes. The guidance sets out the purpose and scope of the grants, the eligibility criteria and state aid.

You will need copies of:

  • an up-to-date business bank statement. We will pay the grant into this account
  • a passport, driving licence or similar official document showing the details and photograph of the person making the claim
  • a recent business rates bill (if available). This helps us process your claim more quickly.

Please have your business rates reference number to hand when completing the application form. Please also have your VAT number (if you have one) and a company number to hand, if applicable.

It is important you have these ready before you start filling in the online claim form - you will be asked to upload them. We accept scanned copies, pdfs and clear photographs of the documents taken on a smartphone. We need these documents to minimise errors and to protect businesses and the council from fraudulent claims.

We cannot accept password protected documents. If your business pays its business rates by direct debit, your grant will be paid into the bank account that is already on our records. You still need to complete all sections of the form. The online claims system includes automatic verification checks which must be passed before the claim can be submitted. Our staff will make further checks, after which the grant will be scheduled for payment into your bank account. Your rates account will show that the grant has been paid to you.