Many Voluntary and Community Sector organisations in Calderdale can claim grants made available by the government in response to the coronavirus emergency. These are being administrated by the Calderdale Council Business Rates team.
To be eligible, groups must be liable to pay business rates, and they can claim for each property they occupy. The grants are based on activity undertaken in each property, including sports grounds and clubhouses, charity shops, community halls and art galleries. Properties used mainly as offices or storage are not eligible.
The schemes are as follows:
- Expanded Business Rates Retail Discount scheme
Allows 100% business rates relief for retail, hospitality and leisure properties. These include
shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues ; sports grounds, museums , galleries & theatres; community centres, clubs & institutions.
This will be awarded automatically by Business Rates section and an amended bill will be issued – if an organisation feels it should be included and isn’t, they should contact email@example.com
Nurseries are also eligible for 100% Nursery Rate Discount, which should be automatically applied by Business rates.
- Small Business Grant Fund
Provides for a cash grant for those properties which were eligible for Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief on 11th March 2020. Organisations can claim £10,000 for each eligible property. Application form available from https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/businesses/business-rates/covid-19-business-support
Those organisations in receipt of Discretionary Rate Relief or Mandatory Charitable Relief are not eligible for SBRR, and hence are not eligible for this grant. Government is being lobbied to remove this anomaly.
- Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
Provides for a cash grant for those properties with a rateable value less than £51,000 on 11 March 2020. The criteria are the same as for 1 above. Organisations can claim £10,000 for each property whose rateable value is under £15,000, or £25,000 for each property whose rateable value is between £15,000 and £51,000. Application form available from https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/businesses/business-rates/covid-19-business-support
As of 1st May, 70 local voluntary and community organisations have been awarded £10,000 grants, and 13 have received £25,000.