Coronavirus – Support for businesses
Please note: Coronavirus Business Grants applications are administered on our behalf by GrantApproval.co.uk. You will be taken away from Sandwell Council's website to www.grantapproval.co.uk to make your application.
To apply for any of the grants listed, please use the 'Apply for a business grant' button at the bottom of the page.
Restart Grant applications are now available to apply for and there are two grants available (Please note: You can only apply for the grant that is most relevant to your business).
Strand One - To support non-essential retail business premises
- Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.
- Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.
- Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.
Strand Two - To support hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises
- Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £8,000.
- Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £12,000.
- Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 1 April 2021 will receive a payment of £18,000.
Taxi Grants scheme
Sandwell Council is making a new grant scheme available for taxi drivers, with one-off grants of £1,000 to eligible drivers who are resident in Sandwell. These are called the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Sandwell Taxi Scheme. The grant scheme which opened on Monday 7 June 2021 has been extended for a further two weeks until 00:01 on Sunday 18 July 2021.
Expanded Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Relief/Nursery Discount
Sandwell Business Rates team identified those businesses eligible for the 2021/22 100% expanded retail relief & nursery discount and automatically awarded this on eligible accounts. Please note that the 100% relief only applies for the period 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021.
From 1 July 2021, the relief drops to 66%. However, the Government have introduced 'Cash Caps' alongside the reduced relief which limits the reductions that can be awarded to businesses with more than one property in England. In order to for us to check your eligibility to the 66% relief based on these Cash Caps, you will need to make an application for the 66% relief to be applied to your account from 1 July 2021. Part of the application will be a declaration that you do not exceed the cash caps.
Further information is available on our Retail Relief page.
State Aid Rules
New Subsidy Allowances were established on 4 March 2021 for the Covid-19 business grants.
These new subsidy allowances will only apply to the 16 February 2021 lockdown payment and any new grants from April 2021.
From 1 April 2021 you are able to apply for grants online which will include the new Subsidy Allowance declarations.
Local Restriction Support Grant for National Lockdown
The government announced a national lockdown on 4 January 2021 effective in Sandwell from 5 January 2021 until 31 March 2021.
Sandwell's Business Support Package for January Lockdown (31 December 2020 to 31 March 2021) is now closed in line with Government instructions, However, the 44 day payment (Second Payment Cycle) for the period 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 is open for applications until 31 May 2021.
Please note that if you have already applied for the Business Support Package for the January Lockdown you will have already received the 44 day payment as part of this application and so you will not be entitled to apply for a grant for the Second Payment Cycle.
Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary Scheme)
This scheme closed for application on 31 March 2021. However some payments are still being administered, and applicants who made claims before the deadline will all be considered against eligibility. You may also receive an email from the team requesting further information from you if some of your application is incomplete. Please see our Additional Restrictions Grant policy for further details and background on the scheme.
For more information about all of the Local Restrictions Support Grants available to businesses listed above visit the Government guidance regarding Local Restriction Support Grants.
Business support from the Government
You can get the latest information on support for businesses by visiting the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's website.
Fire risk assessments
Advice to businesses about the importance of having an up-to-date fire risk assessment.
More advice for businesses – Think Sandwell
You can also visit our Think Sandwell website for more information about support available for businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.