Scam email alert - Covid-19 business grant applicants

If you receive an email appearing to be from Direct Gov or GOV.UK requesting personal information about your business grant application, please do not respond - it is a fake account. Grant schemes are being managed locally and all communication will come directly from a Liverpool City Council mailbox. 

Apply for a small business cash grant or retail, hospitality and leisure grant

Liverpool City Council is administering the following two grants for businesses that are part of the wider government support response to the coronavirus outbreak. We can only administer payment of these grants for businesses within the Liverpool City Council boundaries.

To view all the grants, support schemes, loans and measures available please visit

Small business grant fund

Applications for this grant fund close on 28th August 2020.

You will be eligible to apply for a £10,000 grant if you have been receiving Small Business Rates Relief on 11th March 2020.

The rateable value must be £15,000 or below.

Payment of the small business grant fund must comply with EU law on State Aid.  It is paid as de minimis aid subject to the 200,000 Euro limit over 3 years (or under the Temporary Framework where the de minimis threshold is met). Check the latest government guidance on GOV.UK

Retail, hospitality and leisure grant

Applications for this grant fund close on 28th August 2020.

If your retail, hospitality or leisure sector business has a rateable value up to £15,000, you may qualify for a £10,000 grant.

If your retail, hospitality or leisure sector business has a rateable value between £15,000.01 and less than £51,000 per year, you may qualify for a £25,000 grant.

The expanded retail discount - the 100% reduction to your business rates for 2020/21 – must also apply to you.

Qualifying businesses include:

  • shops
  • cafes, restaurants, take-aways and drinking establishments
  • cinemas, music venues and nightclubs
  • petrol stations
  • gyms, leisure and sports facilities
  • estate agents and letting agents
  • betting shops and bingo halls
  • car show rooms
  • hotels and guest houses

View the full list of qualifying businesses on GOV.UK.

The retail, hospitality and leisure grant is paid under the UK Covid 19 Temporary Framework Approved Scheme, which is subject to the 800,000 Euro limit over 3 years. Check the latest government guidance on GOV.UK

You will not qualify for either grant if your business was in administration or liquidation on 11th March 2020.

How to apply

You can apply online below.

If your business has multiple premises, you must submit an application for each one.

The application must be completed by the Business Ratepayer.  If the ratepayer is a company or partnership, it should be completed by a company director or one of the partners in the firm.

You will need to provide some business details, including your:

  • Business Rates account number (from your latest bill)
  • Business bank account information (payment will be made directly into your business bank account)

If you pay your Business Rates from the same business bank account, we can verify this.  If not, you will need to email a photograph or scan of your most recent bank statement dated within the last three months. 

Important: We will never call you or send you a text message to ask for your bank details.

You must confirm that you are entitled to receive the grant funding when you apply.

Once you have completed the form we will send you an email with the next steps to complete your application. 

We are expecting a high volume of traffic due to the number of businesses applying for these grants, so please bear with us as it may take a little longer to get back to you.

Applications for both grant funds close on 28th August 2020.

Read our privacy notice which tells you how we use your data

Apply online

What happens next?

We will contact you as soon as possible with further details. 

If you are refused a grant

If your application is refused you can ask us to review the decision. There is no legal right of appeal.

Before you ask us to review the decision, read the government guidance for the small business grant and retail, hospitality and leisure grant funds. This guidance sets out the rules around entitlement to the funds.  We will not consider a review if:

  • The rateable value is too high (£51,000 or above).
  • It occupies a shared workspace, which is not divisible according to the Valuation Office Agency (VOA).
  • The business has asked that its valuation is reviewed by the VOA, i.e. where check, challenge and appeal had been initiated but not concluded before 11th March.

The scheme is based on the rating list and the ratepayer on 11th March 2020. However, local authorities have discretion to depart from this where:

  • we have reason to believe the information held about the ratepayer on 11th March is wrong, we may award the grant to the correct ratepayer; and
  • it was factually clear to us on 11th March 2020 that the rating list was inaccurate (i.e. either/or the identification of the hereditament or the rateable value was inaccurate) then we may award the grant based on our view of the accurate rating list.

We can also review the decision if you believe your property was refused as it does not meet the retail, hospitality and leisure criteria and you think your business has been wrongly classified.

How to request a review

If you want us to review the decision, please email with 'Review of Business Grant Decision' in the subject field, and include:

  • The name, address and grant application number for your business.
  • A statement as to why you believe the decision should be looked at again.

We aim to respond within 10 working days of receiving your review request.