Grants for Business Rates

The Government has announced further grant schemes aimed at Businesses that have been adversely impacted by National, Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4 restrictions.

We are currently accepting applications for the following grants:

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) - from 2nd December 2020 when under Tier 2 & 3 restrictions
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Tier 2
  • Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) National Lockdown 5th November 2020 to 2nd December 2020

Please find more information on each of these grants below as well as links to make an application should you be eligible.


National Lockdown from 5th January 2021

We anticipate the grants will apply to the same businesses that qualified for payments between 5th November and 2nd December 2020, because they were required to close. Payments will be made automatically to those businesses we hold details for in the next 7 to 10 working days. We will update the website shortly with the amounts and periods this relates to. If you did not qualify for a grant for the period 5th November to 2nd December 2020, though have a business premises which you have now been required to close please contact the Business Rates department directly.


Tier 4 grants - for businesses required to close from 20th December 2020

Emails have now been sent to all businesses which we anticipate meet the criteria for the Tier 4 grant. Please ensure if you have had an email, you have responded with the required information, failure to do so means we will be unable to pay the grant. Grants for those that have responded will be paid in the next 7 to 10 working days, to the bank details held on file. If you did not qualify for a grant for the period 5th November to 2nd December 2020, though have a business premises which you have now been required to close please contact the Business Rates department directly.


Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) - from 2nd December 2020 when under Tier 2 & 3 restrictions

The Government has announced a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) for businesses that are not legally required to close, but are severely impacted by the restrictions under Tier 2 and 3.

Eligible businesses

  • Those not entitled to the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) when under Tier 2 or 3
  • Were open and trading the day before local restrictions were imposed
  • While not legally forced to close are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions put in place
  • Are having to pay unavoidable fixed property costs

Where businesses have subsequently been required to close under tier 4 restrictions the 1 day tier 3 grant will be paid in with the tier 4 grant, as per government guidelines.

Please ensure you read the full policy and eligibility criteriaIcon for pdf here [662.24KB]

APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE BY 5PM ON THE 22nd JANUARY 2021. ANY RECEIVED AFTER THIS TIME WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

To make an application please click here


Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Tier 2

From 2nd December 2020 Runnymede Borough Council is under Tier 2 restrictions. Those businesses which have been required to remain closed due to these temporary local restrictions will be able to claim Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed). 

The rate of payment will be:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £667per 14-day period;
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k, grants to be £1,000 per 14-day period;
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over, grants to be £1,500 per 14-day period.

You will not be required to apply on an on-going basis. If the borough of Runnymede remains in Tier 2, we will continue to make payments to eligible businesses based on the information you provide on the application form. If there are any changes you must advise us.

Eligible businesses

Businesses which have been required to remain closed from 2nd December 2020 under Tier 2 restrictions for a consecutive period of no less than 14 days.

Businesses which according to our records were the ratepayer in respect of the premises on 1st December 2020.

Businesses must have been trading prior to the second National lockdown on the 5th November 2020 and would have been trading on the 30th November 2020 if it was not for these restrictions.

Businesses that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for this grant.

To make an application please click here.


Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

On the 1st December 2020 the Government announced a Christmas grant for wet-led pubs.

The one-off £1,000 grant is for wet-led pubs across tiers 2 and 3 in lieu of Christmas trade.

Businesses can apply in addition to other existing grants.

Eligible businesses

For the purpose of this grant pubs are described as: open to the general public, allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided, allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed and permit drinks to be purchased at a bar.

A wet-led pub is defined as a pub that derives less than 50% of its income from sales of food.

Businesses which according to our records were the ratepayer in respect of the premises on 1st December 2020.

Businesses must have been trading prior to the second National lockdown on the 5th November 2020 and would have been trading on the 30th November 2020 if it was not for these restrictions.

To make an application please click here.


Local Restrictions Support Grant (Period 5th November 2020 to 2nd December 2020)

PLEASE NOTE THIS APPLICATION ONLY RELATES TO THE PERIOD 5TH NOVEMBER 2020 TO 2ND DECEMBER 2020. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN PAID FOR THIS PERIOD BY RESUBMITTING AN APPLICATION YOU WILL NOT BE PAID AGAIN. FOR DETAILS OF TIER 4 GRANTS AND FURTHER NATIONAL LOCKDOWN GRANTS SEE THE TOP OF THIS PAGE.

The government has announced that business premises forced to close in England due to national restrictions are to receive grants worth up to £3,000 a month under the Local Restrictions Support Grant.

The rate of payment will be:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 per four weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k, grants to be £2,000 per four weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over, grants to be £3,000 per four weeks.

Eligible businesses

Businesses must have a Business Rate Account in the Borough of Runnymede.

Businesses must have been trading on the 4th November 2020 and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises, which have been required to close by the Government on the 5th November 2020 due to National lockdown.

Non-essential retail, personal services or cafes/restaurants that operate primarily as an in-person venue but have been forced to close these services and instead provide takeaway-only or delivery services.

All bars and pubs required to close are eligible - If they choose to operate as a takeaway, click and collect or online delivery services they will be counted as closed because their substantive business must close.

The GOV.UK website has a full list of businesses required to close from 5 November.

Excluded businesses

Businesses which have chosen to close, but not been required to, will not be eligible for this grant.

Businesses that can continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors)

Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.

Businesses that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made.

Please note

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.

Grant income received by a business is taxable and will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.  Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

You can visit the GOV.UK website for official guidance in relation to the scheme.

To make an application please click here.


Expanded Retail Discount 2020/21

The government has announced it will provide 100% Business Rates Relief for the 2020/21 financial year for eligible occupied retail, hospitality and leisure properties.

All ratepayers who received retail discount in 2019/2020 will automatically receive the revised 100% discount. This is for the period 01 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. An amended bill will be issued in April.

We will identity any other accounts that meet the criteria, automatically update our records and issue amended bills in due course.


The following grants were available to applicants who met the required criteria but have now closed.

  • Additional Restrictions Grant

Please find more information on each of these closed grants below.

Additional Restrictions Grant Funding

The Government introduced an additional scheme in order to provide support to businesses impacted by the second National lockdown, 5th November 2020 to 2nd December 2020. The scheme provided a one-off payment for businesses effected during this period.

Businesses were required to demonstrate that they were severely impacted by the second National lockdown.

Eligible businesses

  • Businesses required to close under National restrictions (e.g. non-essential market traders, B&B's, mobile traders, shared workspace) OR
  • Businesses not legally forced to close which are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions put in place (e.g. businesses which supply the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors or businesses in the events sector)
  • Those not entitled to the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)
  • Businesses open and trading the day before National Restrictions were imposed.

Applicants were required to read the full policy and eligibility criteria Icon for pdf here [641.25KB] before applying.

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS GRANT ARE NOW CLOSED.