£25K Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Grant

This scheme has been provided for businesses in the Retail, Hospitality and Tourism sectors who may be facing financial difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

This scheme is now closed to applications

£25,000 Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Grant

The NI Executive is providing a one-off grant of £25,000 to eligible businesses that have a Net Annual Value (NAV),  of between £15,001 and £51,000 within the retail, hospitality, tourism and leisure sectors, subject to some exclusions.

Applications will be assessed and payments made as soon as possible where they demonstrate clear eligibility. In cases where eligibility is less clear, it will be necessary to carry out further verification checks, you will be contacted where further information is required and payments will be made as soon as possible. Therefore, you should regularly check the email account (and the junk mail). The grant payment will be sent directly to your bank account and you will receive an email confirming that the grant payment has been issued.

Applicants who need to report associated changes to their rate account (for example to report that a previously vacant property is now occupied) must ensure that changes are reported to the helpline on Tel: 0300 200 7809 by 1 May 2020. This is to allow sufficient time for the rate account to be updated and the online grant registration to be completed before the scheme closing date of 20 May 2020. 

Eligibility

The business premise must have an NAV of between £15,001 and £51,000 to be eligible. NAV can be found on your rates bill. 

Eligible businesses include:

     
  • Amusements
  • Garden Centre
  • Race Track
  • Arts Gallery
  • Golf Driving Range
  • Restaurant
  • Auction Mart
  • Harbour
  • Retail Warehouse
  • Bakery
  • Ice Rink
  • Riding School
  • Bingo Hall
  • Laundry
  • Shooting Range
  • Bowling Alley
  • Leisure/Gym/Fitness Centre
  • Shop
  • Cafe
  • Market
  • Showroom
  • Camping Site
  • Museum
  • Sports Club
  • Car Wash
  • Office (in eligible sector)
  • Taxi Depot
  • Caravan Site
  • Outdoor Centre
  • Theatre
  • Cinema
  • Petrol Filling Station
  • Tourism Accommodation
  • Entertainment Centre
  • Play Centre
  • Visitor Centre
  • Exhibition Venue
  • Post Office

 

  • Funeral Parlour
  • Public House
 

Following Reval2020, Ministers want to be as inclusive and supportive of business as possible and want to make sure that no individual business is disadvantaged by the change. Therefore, each business affected by the Reval2020 will get the grant on the basis of whichever valuation list would benefit them the most – the 7th list on 15 March 2020 or the 8th list on 1 April 2020.

Rental Properties

For rental properties, the scheme is being designed to benefit the businesses and not the landlord or managing agent who is responsible for paying the rates. Businesses who are sole tenants, with a Total NAV of between £15,001 and £51,000, who operate in one of the eligible sectors, should not use the Business Grant Support online form to register for the scheme, but complete a pre-registration process on the online form for rental properties.

Businesses should use the online form for rental properties, found here

Completion of the rental properties form constitutes pre-registration for the scheme. Completion of the pre-registration on the rental properties form must be completed by the closing date of 20 May 2020.

Registration

An online registration form is available, this form has a pre-application check to ensure only eligible businesses complete the form.

You will need your Ratepayer ID and Occupancy ID to get started, these can be found on your rates bill. If your business is eligible you will be able to complete the form. You will be asked for your bank details for payment.

Collection of bank details

After you complete the online application form, you will be provided with a reference number. You will also be asked to send a copy of your business’ bank statement for verification purposes. The bank statement must:

  • Cover the period including 15 March 2020.
  • Allow DfE to read the name of the account holder, the property address, the sort code and account number.
  • This will be used to validate that business transactions were occurring on 15 March 2020. You can redact any other transactions that you consider to be irrelevant.

You will be given an application reference number when you make your online application.  Following the completion of your application, you should email a copy of your bank statement and your contact name, quoting your reference number, to the following email address: Business-support-grant-bank-validation@economy-ni.gov.uk 

You should note that the reference number is required to ensure that it is associated with your application. Not adding the reference number may result in your application being refused.  

I have applied, when will I get paid?

£25,000 Scheme
If you have already completed the pre-registration process via the online rental properties form, your details are currently being checked.

Your details are now being verified, and if you are considered to meet the pre-eligibility criteria for the £25,000 scheme, you will be required to provide further information including business details, bank details and state aid and other key declarations to complete your application. You will be contacted in due course with instructions on how to provide further information and complete the second stage of the process.

Please note that a substantial amount of applications for this scheme are currently being verified and validated. It would be appreciated if you could be patient and await contact from the Business Grants Team. Please be assured that the Business Grants Team will be in contact to provide further instructions as quickly as possible. Please ensure that you regularly monitor your email account (including the junk folder) and respond quickly to requests.

This scheme is now closed.

Exclusions

  • Vacant properties.
  • Public bodies.
  • Premises used for manufacturing purposes.
  • Properties with a rateable value of under £15,001 or over £51,000.
  • Businesses which as of the 15 March 2020 were insolvent, about to file for insolvency, dissolved or about to be dissolved.
  • Businesses that were dormant (not trading but also not insolvent) as of the 15 March 2020

Further conditions:

  • Businesses with multiple premises meeting the rateable value criteria outlined above will only be eligible for one grant of £25,000.
  • Businesses who have already received a £10,000 grant under the Small Business Grant Scheme, and who have an additional property which falls within the £15,001 to £51,000 rateable value and meets the other eligibility criteria for the £25,000 Business Grant Scheme, are eligible to apply.
  • Businesses that have already received the £10,000 grant and because of a revision of rateable valuation are now eligible for the £25,000 grant for this property will only be entitled to receive the balance of £15,000.
  • For rental properties, the scheme is being designed to benefit the businesses and not the landlord or managing agent who is responsible for paying the rates. Landlords, managing agents and small businesses in this situation should not use the Business Grant Support online form to register for the scheme but should wait until a new online form for rental properties is made available. 

Small Business Grant Helpline

Land Property Services have opened a helpline for businesses with questions over the grant scheme. If you believe your business is eligible but not listed above or if you have any questions:

Call 0300 200 7809.

The helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9 am - 5 pm.

View FAQ's about the scheme

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This page was last updated 21 May 2020.

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