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Grants For Business Rates

The National Restriction Grant is now open.

The application process for the National Restriction Grant is now open;

It is important that all applicants read the guidelines before completing their application.

All applications must be made on line at No other form of application will be considered.

The Government has confirmed additional COVID19 emergency funding to Mid Sussex District Council for a Local Restriction Support Grants programme. The funding is aimed at supporting any business which has been subjected to lockdown closures and who has a rateable property. The government guidelines are at:

The guidelines of those subject to closure are at:

For additional clarification regarding business closures please email:

The criteria is summarised below.

Businesses should carefully check before applying they meet the eligibility criteria. All applications will be assessed in accordance with the evaluation criteria below.

Summary of eligibility criteria

  • Businesses are only eligible if subject to national lockdown restrictions imposed by the Government from the 5th November 2020.
  • An applicant can apply despite receiving other grants although this may be considered in any award decision.
  • An applicant must be a liable business for occupied rates in the Mid Sussex district.
  • An applicant must be a business trading successfully on or before 5th November 2020
  • Businesses in administration or which are insolvent are not eligible to apply, neither are businesses where a “striking off” notice has been made.
  • Businesses must provide relevant documentary evidence to support their application, as set out in the online form.
  • Any grant award is subject to due diligence checks, including State Aid compliance.

Timings and process for awarding grants

  • Mid Sussex DC Revenues team will check applications (in collaboration with the Economic Development and the Communities Team) for eligibility and evaluate applications then shortlist businesses recommended for a grant
  • Mid Sussex DC Revenues team will carry out due diligence checks on the shortlisted applicants
  • Delegated named senior officers will make the grant awards. The Council will email them the outcome, either with a remittance advice or by email advising of the outcome
  • Subject to the above, Mid Sussex DC Finance team will then process grant payments to successful applicants
  • The Council will process payments to successful applicants as quickly as possible.

For any enquiries please email the

Grant Payment Levels and Criteria

When awarding business grants to successful applicants Mid Sussex District Council will adhere to the following criteria when determining the maximum amount of grant to allocate to a business.


Maximum Amount per 4 weeks

per 2 Weeks

Rateable Value or ongoing property costs up to £15K per annum



Rateable Value or ongoing property costs between £15,001 and £51,000 per annum



Rateable Value or ongoing property costs of over £51,000 and exceptional circumstances



Please note:

  • if the business is continuing to run a click and collect service this may still qualify for a grant.
  • There is no upper limit to the rateable value on this grant

Please put as much information as you can in your online application.

Please note that this payment is for the initial lockdown of 4 weeks. If the national lockdown is extended you will be able to apply for further payments.