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.
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.
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.
New Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) Scheme
Sandwell Council is making a new grant scheme available for business which operate in Sandwell. These are called the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Top Up Scheme. The grant scheme is open from Friday the 8th October 2021 onwards, and will run for the foreseeable future. Our ARG scheme policy can be found here.
ARG Top Up Category 1- Return from Furlough (This Grant category is currently closed due to high volume of demand)
A single £10,000 one off grant to support VAT registered businesses who have retained staff following their participation in the HMRC furlough scheme.
ARG Top Up Category 2- Businesses who have not previously claimed any Covid Support Grants (This Grant category is currently open)
A single one-off grant of £5,000, £7,500 or £10,000 to provide grant funding opportunity for any businesses which has not previously received any Sandwell Council Co-vid 19 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.