Your Community Building may be eligible for one of 2 grants available to small businesses:
a) Small Business Grant
Ratepayers receiving Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rate Relief (RRR) will receive a grant of £10,000; or
b) Rural, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
Charities in receipt of full discretionary rate relief are eligible for the Rural, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) (as they can be defined as a place of assembly)
- where rateable value is £15,000 or below, a grant of £10,000 is payable
- where rateable value is more than £15,000 but less than £51,000, a grant of £25,000 is payable.
Go to your local authority website where you will be required to complete an online form with the property details, business rates account reference number and bank details.
Community buildings in both West Yorkshire and Harrogate District, who have applied for the grant, have reported that the application process was very straightforward and that payments were received promptly.
You can find more information here.