Discretionary Grant Scheme applications

Applications for the fourth phase of the discretionary grant scheme are now closed.

Applications made before the deadline of midnight on 7 August 2020 are being assessed and you'll be contacted shortly about the outcome of your application.

If you have been asked for further information or evidence to support your application, it is vital that you email this to us as soon as possible and before 28 August 2020. If you do not, your application may be rejected, and you'll not receive a grant.

If you've appealed against the decision made about your grant application, you'll be contacted as soon as possible with the decision about your appeal.

If you have a question or concern about your application, email SKLADGRANTS@stockport.gov.uk. Do not email after the application deadline to apply for a grant as you application will not be considered.

Support for businesses and employers

2. Small business grant funding

Closure of grant schemes - 28 August 2020

If you believe you're entitled to either of these schemes, but have not yet provided your bank details, please do so as soon as possible. Any applications made after 28 August 2020 will not be considered. If your business is eligible we'll make payment no later than 30 September 2020.

If your claim is unsuccessful you can ask for the decision to be reviewed. If your claim is not allowed, you'll receive an email setting out the next steps you can take. An appeal must be submitted by the date stated on your email. Any requests for a review that are received after the advised date will not be considered.

2 new grant funding schemes have been announced:

  1. a small business grant funding of £10,000 for all businesses in receipt of small business rate relief
  2. grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property where the rateable value is between £15,001 and £50,999

We'll start to make payments from the beginning of April.

If you do not pay your business rates by Direct Debit or you qualify for small business rate relief, we do not hold any bank details for you. We'll need you to confirm your business’s bank details in order to receive a payment. Please complete our registration form confirming these details so that we can award you the grant.

Read more about the available grant funding in our Business Support Grant Funding FAQs leaflet (PDF 107Kb).

We will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be recovered.

Business rates reference number

You'll find your reference number on your business rates bill. It's 10 characters long and starts with '90'. We're prioritising the applications from businesses who are already registered with us.

Cannot access your bill

If you've received a bill but cannot access it, please email business.rates@stockport.gov.uk and the team will reply as soon as possible. Note: we can deal with your enquiry quicker if you include your account reference number once in the subject line of the email. It must be in the following format. For example; Reference 9011111111. Do not include it again in the body of the email.

Never had a bill

If you have never had a business rates bill for the premises you occupy:

  • check your business unit is independently rated by the Valuation Office Agency. We can only pay grants where the property is rated
  • if your valuation is shared with another premises any grant will be due to the person or business who is named on the business rates bill for the wider assessment

You can find more support and advice from Marketing Stockport.

Not yet or recently reported your occupation

If your premises has been rated but you have not reported your occupation to us or you've recently reported your occupation and are waiting a reply, email business.rates@stockport.gov.uk. The team will reply as soon as possible. Note: include your account reference number once in the subject line of the email in the following format. For example; Reference 9011111111. Do not include it again in the body of the email.

Confirm your details