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Coronavirus – Support for businesses

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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.

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.

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.

 

Apply for a business grant/relief

 

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

Find out more about business rate relief and other grants due to coronavirus

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.