Covid-19 Non-Domestic Rates (NDR) Emergency Fund

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Welsh Government have introduced the 'NDR Emergency Fund' grant scheme to support businesses with their immediate cash flow and to help them survive the economic consequences of additional restrictions necessary to control the spread of Covid-19 between 26 December 2021 and 14 February 2022.

Welsh Government has determined the eligibility criteria for the grant scheme and have asked local councils to administer the grants on its behalf.

Depending on the rateable value of the premises, eligible businesses will be able to apply for one of the following grants.­

Grant A

A £2,000 cash grant payment for hospitality, retail, tourism and leisure businesses (and their supply chains) occupying premises that qualify for Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR).

Grant A will also apply to ratepayers eligible for charitable relief and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) relief, operating in the hospitality, retail tourism and leisure sectors occupying properties with a rateable value of up to £12,000. Also, not-for profit bodies operating in these sectors and receiving discretionary rate relief may also be eligible.

The same ratepayer may only receive Grant A for a maximum of two properties in each local authority area.

Grant B

A £4,000 cash grant payment for hospitality, retail, tourism and leisure businesses (and their supply chains) occupying premises with a rateable value between £12,001 and £51,000.

Grant B will also apply to ratepayers eligible for charitable relief and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) relief, operating in the operating in the hospitality, retail, tourism and leisure sectors occupying properties with a rateable value between £12,001 and £51,000. Also not-for profit bodies operating in these sectors and receiving discretionary rate relief may also be eligible.

Grant C

A £6,000 cash grant payment for hospitality, retail, tourism and leisure businesses occupying premises with a rateable value between £51,001 and £500,000. 

Grant C is available to not-for-profit organisations occupying eligible hospitality, retail, tourism and leisure properties.

Who is eligible to apply for this grant?

Retail, hospitality, leisure, tourism businesses and their supply chains that are impacted by the restrictions imposed from December 2021 and are liable to pay business rates, will be entitled to a grant payment if they satisfy all of the  following eligibility criteria.

  • The premises occupied by the business must have been on the Non-Domestic Rating list as of 1 September 2021.
  • The ratepayer needs to have been in occupation of the premises as of 30 November 2021.
  • The business must have been actively trading up to 13 December 2021 and is expected to trade to 14 February 2022.
  • The applicant must confirm that no redundancies will be made for the period of the funding to 14 February 2022.
  • The applicant must confirm that the business will comply with all Welsh Government regulations and guidance to protect their staff and the public.
  • The applicant must confirm that the amount of grant being provided does not exceed the amount of revenue generated by this business per year.
  • The applicant must confirm that receipt of the grant would not breach any state subsidy rules (it is the businesses responsibility to ensure the subsidy rules are not breached)

Self-catering accommodation

Welsh Government have decided that self-catering accommodation will not be eligible for the grant unless one of the following criteria are met:

  • the self-catering property can accommodate 30 people or more
  • the self-catering accommodation is classed as an outdoor education centre.

Supply chain businesses

Businesses operating in the supply chains for the retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors will be eligible for these grants where they can demonstrate a material impact of greater than a 40% drop in turnover as a result of the additional restrictions implemented between 13 December 2021 to 14 February 2022, compared to the same period in 2019 / 2020 (or if a new business established after that date, in September / November 2020).

Businesses / premises not eligible for these grants.

Welsh Government have decided that premises that are excluded from eligibility from the current Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Rates Relief scheme, will be excluded from eligibility for this grant. For example: Gaming establishments that usually have access limited to people aged 18 and over and are a) not entitled to Small Business Rate Relief and b) where gambling rather than amusement is the predominant activity, will not be eligible for grant support. Financial services (such as banks and building societies) and medical services (such as vets and dentists) will not be eligible.

How to apply

You can apply for the grant online. You will need the following information to complete the application form:

  • Business name
  • Business address
  • Type of business
  • Number of employees
  • Bank details

The closing date for applications is 5:00pm 14th February 2022.

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