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COVID-19 grants and support for businesses

Our phone lines are extremely busy so do not call us regarding the status of an application. The most up-to-date information is available on this page.

COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

The government has announced plans to provide an additional business rates support package, worth £1.5 billion, to support businesses in England affected by COVID-19 but not eligible for existing support linked to business rates. Guidance on this support package, the COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF), has now been published. 

The relief is in the form of a reduction in the business rates bill and government have advised local authorities to direct the relief towards ratepayers who have been adversely affected by the pandemic and have been unable to adequately adapt to that impact. Government has specifically excluded:

  • businesses who are or would have been eligible for the Extended Retail Discount (covering retail, hospitality and leisure) and the nursery discount
  • properties that are unoccupied (other than those closed temporarily due to the government's advice on COVID-19)

View the Stockton-on-Tees COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) policy.

We have identified eligible businesses and have awarded the relief automatically with no need for an application form. A revised bill will be issued in due course.

If you have not had an automatic award and received a revised bill by 15 April, and you think your business should be eligible as you meet the criteria set out in the policy, please contact and a member of the business rates team will be in touch to discuss.

During the administration of the CARF scheme, the Council may need to collect personal data alongside business information to assess eligibility for CARF and where eligible apply the relief to the business rate account. As part of the funding requirements set out by the government, the Council must share some of this data with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for research and evaluation purposes, which may include carrying out surveys.

The information will also be used to carry out checks with Council records, and potentially with other Organisations for validation purposes and to prevent and detect fraud.

All information will be stored securely and processed in line with data protection legislation as detailed on the Council's website.

Financial Support for Businesses

There is a wide range of support available for businesses that experience increased costs or disruptions to their cash flow as a result of COVID-19. This covers loans, tax relief and cash grants. For more information visit the government website for business support.

GOV.UK also includes a business support finder that helps you identify all the support that is available for your business, partnership or enterprise.

If you are self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been impacted by coronavirus, then you can visit the GOV.UK website. to see if you qualify for grant support.

Or if you would like more information or advice get in touch: