State aid declaration
In response to the Coronavirus, Covid-19, the Government announced there would be support for small businesses, and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. This support takes the form of two grant funding schemes, the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.
Under the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) all eligible businesses in England in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) and Rural Rates Relief (RRR) in the business rates system are eligible for a payment of £10,000. The SBGF is given as de minimis State aid under the De Minimis Regulation (COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 1407/2013 of 18 December 2013, to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak published on 19 March 2020.
Under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) eligible businesses in England in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for a cash grants of £10,000 or £25,000 per property.
The RHLG is given as aid under the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak published on 19 March 2020. These grants are required to comply with the EU law on State Aid. In this case, this involves completing the online declaration to this authority if you have received any other de minimis State aid or aid provided under the EU Commission Covid-19 Temporary Framework.
If you have been offered SBGF as de minimis aid, you can only receive up to €200,000 over a three-year period (current and preceding two). If you have been offered RHLG (or SBGF on this basis), you can only receive up to €800,000 under the Temporary Framework (other conditions also apply). This may be particularly relevant to those premises that are part of a large chain, where the cumulative total of grant funding received could exceed these thresholds.
Further information on State Aid can be found at https://www.gov.uk/state-aid
In terms of declaring previous de minimis aid, we are only interested in public support which is de minimis aid that has been received within the current or previous two financial years (State Aid received under other exemptions or public support which is not State Aid does not need to be declared). If you have not received any other de minimis State aid, you do not need to complete the declaration.
What to do next:
If you have received a Small Business Grant payment from us which you believe to be incorrect, please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone is 0121 303 5509 to notify us within 7 days.
- you have been offered SBGF as de minimis aid and have received more than €200,000 over a three-year period.
- you have been offered RHLG (or SBGF on this basis), you have received more than €800,000
Under the European Commission rules, you must retain the letter for three years from the date on the letter and produce it on any request by UK public authorities or the European Commission. (You may need to keep a record of state aid received for longer than three years for other purposes.) Furthermore, information on this aid must be supplied to any other public authority or agency asking for information on ‘de minimis’ aid for the next three years.