UPDATED ON 21 MAY AT 10:32
When will I hear back about my query?
All straightforward grant requests which require no extra checks are being processed for payment on the same day we receive them.
We’re now working through the remaining claims and ones that require additional checks, and we are responding to other queries as a matter of urgency.
We estimate that we’ll have responded to all queries by 29 May 2020. If you have already emailed, you do not need to email again, we will get back to you as soon as possible. If you haven’t heard from us by 29 May please get in touch.
The Government is providing additional funding for Local Authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBRR), rural rate relief (RRR) and tapered relief. This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs.
**4,000 businesses are eligible for a grant – getting these all processed and paid is a huge job and our business rates team is working extremely hard around the clock and over weekends to try and get them processed as quickly as we possibly can. We’re hoping to have all of the eligible applications we’ve received so far processed by 23 or 24 April – it then may take a couple of days to reach bank accounts, but we can confirm we’ll have paid all uncontested eligible grants before the government deadline of 30 April**
Am I eligible?
You will be eligible if…
1. Your business is based in England AND
2. You are a small business and already receive SBRR and/or RRR AND
3. You are a business that occupies property
How do I access it?
Letters have been sent out to eligible businesses with details on how to apply for the grant.
Businesses based in South Oxfordshire can find the grants claims forms via this link.
Business based in Vale of White Horse can find the grants claims forms via this link.
Please note that South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council grants are FREE to apply for.
You will need your bank details and a copy of your latest business rates bill available, as this information will be required in order to complete the forms.
When can I access it?
The grants are now live and businesses can apply using the links above.
Any enquiries on eligibility for, or provision of, the reliefs and grants should be directed to the relevant business rates team:
South Oxfordshire District Council: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vale of White Horse District Council: email@example.com
Please note due to the high volumes of contact we are receiving they may not be able to respond immediately.
We expect the first grant payments to be processed from week commencing 6 April 2020.