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Business grants and funds

The following grants are currently available for businesses:

COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

If your business has been affected by the pandemic but does not qualify for existing support linked to business rates, then you may be eligible for support under our new COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF).

It is a reduction in liability to pay and is not a grant payment. Any credit on the account will be automatically used to reduce your ongoing liability unless you specifically request a refund.

This scheme is the system by which the government have allowed for the effects that COVID would have had on the Rateable Value and therefore ultimately the charge to the ratepayer.

This scheme applies for the financial year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022. It is administered by the Local Authority (us) and not the Valuation Office Agency.

Includes:

  • properties not eligible for Relief Schemes other than transitional relief and Small Business Rate Relief over £12,000 rateable value
  • properties occupied and liable for Business Rates on 1 April 2021
  • properties must be occupied
  • there must be a business rates liability for the financial year 2021/2022

Excludes:

  • eligible for Extended Retail Relief Scheme (ERD)
  • eligible for Nursery Relief
  • those businesses reaching the cash cap limits
  • not considered in occupation
  • empty properties
  • business in receipt of full Small Business Rate Relief
  • in liquidation or bankrupt
  • with incomplete accounts and filing with Companies House
  • not a precepting authority e.g., Local Authority, Parish, or County Council
  • above the subsidy allowance (different from grants normally £2,243,000 unless additional provisions are invoked)
  • telephone masts, car park spaces (apart from airport parking) and advertising rights

Please ensure that you select Rates Discount Form in the Request Type field as shown below:

Scheme Selection

Closing date for applications has been extended to 30 June 2022. Applications made before 30 April will be assessed during May. Applications received after 30 April will be assessed after 30 June.

Further information and government guidance

Business Growth Grant

North Herts Council has partnered with Hertfordshire Growth Hub to deliver a programme of business advisory support and grants to North Herts-based businesses that have between 2 and 50 employees, have been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, and are in a position to grow with targeted support.

​​For businesses who meet the application requirements, the programme will include:

  • one to one business advice and support from a Hertfordshire Growth Hub business adviser
  • assistance in identifying where actions can be taken to help improve business performance, including how grant funding can be used to drive innovation and growth
  • the opportunity to apply for grant funding to help implement improvements, including specialist consultancy advice, and tools to improve efficiency and productivity
  • onward referral to other sources of business support relevant to your business needs

​​All applicants will benefit from free one-to-one business advice and support from the experts at the Hertfordshire Growth Hub, regardless of the outcome of their application. If your application for a grant is successful, your business can be awarded between £2,000 and £10,000 to be spent on business consultation services, business tools and equipment.

Who can apply?

A business can apply if it meets the following criteria:

  • it has between 2 and 50 employees
  • it has the capability to grow
  • it has been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions over the past 18 months
  • it has a business base in North Herts

What the grants can be used for

Businesses can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £10,000. Grants are primarily to fund specialist consultancy and tools to improve business performance, e.g. software, and in some circumstances capital purchases, e.g. equipment, to help your business grow. Grants can also be used as match funding to unlock larger business grants.

How the scheme works

​​Hertfordshire Growth Hub will decide which businesses to support, as well as how much funding to award. Hertfordshire Growth Hub business advisers will support businesses to develop their grant applications. Submitted applications will be independently assessed by a Growth Hub grants panel who will decide the outcome of each application and the amount to award. The grants panel may decide to award a lower amount than that applied for.

​​The programme will close on 30 June 2022.

North Herts Council has allocated £300,000 in grant money. The grant element of the programme will close when all of the grant monies have been awarded. This may be sooner than 30 June 2022.

​How to apply

​​If you are interested in applying to the grant scheme you must register your interest by completing a short Expression of Interest (EOI) form:

​​Your form will then be checked through by our partners at Exemplas and you will be contacted within three working days to determine your eligibility for advice, support and a grant.

​Any grant money awarded needs to be spent upfront by you – before receiving the payment. You will be supported through the application process by business specialists, making it as quick, simple and easy as possible for you.

Grant schemes that have closed

The following grant schemes have closed:

  • New Premises Support Grants (closed 25 March 2022)
  • Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants (closed 28 February 2022)
  • Additional Restrictions Grants (closed 28 February 2022)