Richmondshire District Council

Business grant COVID-19

District Council officers are working hard to turn around applications as fast as possible to get the aid to companies who need it. They vary from medium sized companies, hotels and garages to small bed and breakfast, hairdresser and cafe operations.

Grants available

  • Businesses entitled to Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief as at 11 March 2020 are able to receive a grant of £10,000

  • Businesses in receipt of a retail discount under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant with a rateable value of less than £51,000 are able to receive a grant of up to £10,000, and for those businesses with a rateable value of greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000 a grant of £25,000

Grants can only be considered in those cases where the property has a current entry (as at 11 March 2020) in the rating list.

The property therefore must:

  • have a current rateable value
  • have a current business rate account
  • be paying occupied business rates

How to apply

If the business meets the criteria above please make a claim via our online business grant COVID-19 application form

Any business that does not meet the above criteria will not be considered for the payment of the grant (unless the council was aware on or before the 11 March 2020 that the business existed and are currently waiting on a rateable assessment).

Please direct any enquiries to

Appeals procedure

Two business grant schemes, the Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund were announced by the Chancellor on 11 March and 17 March 2020. Guidance on the two funding schemes have been published and updated on the GOV.UK website

The funding is 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. Local (billing) authorities administer the business grant schemes in accordance with guidance provided by Government on the operation and delivery of the policy intention.

There is no appeals procedure included in the scheme and local authorities have been advised to establish and apply a procedure in line with the guidance as they see fit.

Richmondshire District Council has adopted its own internal procedure to look at any appeal:

  • Following receipt of a completed grant request form an initial decision will be made by a Local Taxation Officer. If the decision is to award the grant an email will be sent confirming this. If the decision is NOT to award the grant an email will be sent giving brief reasons why the grant has been refused.

  • Any business that wishes to appeal against the grant not being awarded must do so within 14 days of the email being sent. The appeal must be sent by email to the Revenues, Benefits and Customer Services Manager (Brian Bottle) at

  • The Revenues, Benefits and Customer Services Manager will then reconsider the application within 14 days of receipt. If the original decision is overturned the initial application will be authorized and the grant payment made. If the original decision is upheld an email will be sent giving the reasons.

  • The business has one further right of appeal where the council’s Corporate Director (Resources) will reconsider the application. Any business that requests a further appeal should put this in writing by email to the Revenues, Benefits and Customer Services Manager (email as above) within 21 days of receiving the previous decision. This appeal will then be reconsidered within 14 days of receipt and the outcome will be notified to the business via email.

  • There is no further right of appeal internally or externally.
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