COVID-19 : Business grants

We will be updating this page as soon as we are notified of any government announcements in order to assist businesses with the effects of the current Coronavirus outbreak.

Please note that Government have not announced any further Grant support as a result of the delay to the roadmap until Monday 19 July 2021.

Name of grant Type of business that can apply Applicable dates Additional information

Restart Grants 

Specific non-essential retail. Exclusions apply - check the detail below.  

Specific hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises. Exclusions apply - check the detail below.  

Thursday 1 April 2021 to Wednesday 30 June 2021.

Applications closed on Wednesday 30 June 2021. No late applications can be accepted. 

For Businesses who submitted an application prior to the deadline, government are allowing local authorities until Saturday 31 July 2021 to process the applications and finalise payments.

Please ensure you check your junk folder on a regular basis as e-mails from us requesting further information sometimes end up in there. No payments may be made beyond Saturday 31 July 2021.

Additional Restriction Grant  To be confirmed.  To be confirmed. 

Applications are currently closed to this scheme as current funds have been exhausted. 

A top up has been applied for from Government and is anticipated at the end of July. Please check for further updates at the end of July. 

Expanded Retail Discount

The government announced that Retail Relief Discount would increase from 50% to 100% and to more areas of business for 2020/21. However for 2021/22 Government announced that the 100% would only apply for April, May and June. From July 2021, it will decrease to be 66% for the remainder of the year. 

Therefore, Expanded Retail Relief / Nursery Relief should be as follows:

  • 100% for the months of April, May and June 2021
  • 66% from Thursday 1 July 2021 through to Thursday 31 March 2022 – subject to cash caps.

This means that we will need to recalculate and remove a percentage of the Expanded Retail Relief / Nursery Relief awarded on the annual bill from Thursday 1 July 2021. We will shortly be issuing amended bills. When you receive your bill, you will need to make payments towards your Business Rates from July onwards.

Cash Caps from July 2021 – March 2022

Government have introduced cash caps for the above period which means that no ratepayer can receive more than either:

  • £2m in Expanded Retail Relief across all of their properties in England if the premises were legally required to close from Tuesday 5 January 2021; or
  • £105,000 for other ratepayers who were allowed to remain open from 5 January 2021; or
  • £105,000 for nurseries

We must also make you aware that you do not have to accept the award of this Expanded Retail Relief / Nursery Relief. You do have the option to refuse this reduction in your Business Rates Bill.

Please be aware however, that if you refuse this discount now, you cannot opt to receive it subsequently at any time during 2021/22.

If you wish to refuse this discount or believe you will exceed the cash caps, you must advise us by returning the accompanying letter or e-mailing business.rates@rbwm.gov.uk. We will then remove the discount and provide you with an amended bill for you to make payments.   

To qualify for this relief, the premises must be occupied but will count as occupied if you would normally be open but have only chosen to close as a result of the current Coronavirus outbreak.

See the government guidance on the new scheme for more information.

The types of businesses which do not qualify for the expanded scheme include:

  • Financial services (e.g. banks, building societies, cash points, betting shops and payday lenders).
  • Medical services (e.g. dentists, doctors, chiropractors, vets).
  • Professional services (e.g. accountants, solicitors, insurance agents, tutors).
  • Post office sorting offices.
  • Those premises not readily accessible to the public.

The new relief can be awarded for each eligible business property. This will be taken into account when we awarded the relief.

Nursery Discount

The government announced on Wednesday 18 March 2020 that it would provide a business rates Nursery Discount.

This relief will apply to properties occupied by providers of Ofsted’s Early Years Register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of Early Years Foundation Stage.

It will apply irrespective of the Rateable Value of the premises and will be for 100% of the remaining bill after the application of any other qualifying reliefs.

Properties where the council itself is liable for the business rates will be unable to qualify for this assistance.

State aid / Subsidy information

Prior to Thursday 4 March 2021

Many of the business rate reliefs will come under the rules regarding state aid. State Aid law is the means by which the European Union regulates state funded support to businesses. EC 1407/2013, the De Minimis regulations, allow an undertaking to receive up to €800,000 De Minimis aid over a rolling three year period, including aid received outside of business rates relief.

Any De Minimis aid granted during the current or the two previous financial years must be declared. However, the government are working on obtaining approval from the EU to ignore the de minimis level for the expanded retail relief. We will update this information as and when we know more. 

Subsidy information post Thursday 4 March 2021 

The business making the application will only be eligible for grants after the above date if it has not exceeded the following 3 subsidy allowances: 

  • Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance – you’re allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of 3 years
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance – you’re allowed up to £1,600,000 as part of the Temporary Framework because of COVID19

  • COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance - if you have reached your limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £9,000,000, provided certain conditions are met – see note 1 below.

Grants under these 3 allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £10,935,000 (subject to exchange rates). 

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that your business does not exceed these allowances by receiving this grant funding and by completing the required declaration the business accepts that any grant funding unlawfully claimed or paid in error will be subject to clawback and may result in prosecution. 

Further information on the new subsidy allowance is available at: https://www.gov.uk/

The amounts are set by BEIS and are contained in the guidance for the relevant grant schemes

Business rates : Contact details

For further information, please contact us by:

Business Rates - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
PO BOX 3448
Town Hall, St Ives Road
Maidenhead SL6 1NG