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Rate relief for businesses in rural areas

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG4)

The Council has created a new Additional Restrictions Grant policy based on Government guidance, which will provide additional support to businesses who have been severely financially impacted by Covid restrictions and delay to the Government’s roadmap.

The scheme is open for applications from 1pm Thursday 22 July 2021 and closes at 10pm Sunday 8 August 2021.

All businesses will have to complete the secure online application form by clicking on the link below.

Business Support Grant Application Form


To be eligible, a business must fit under one of the following sectors:

  • hospitality
  • travel and tourism sector, including group travel, travel agents and tour operators
  • wedding industries
  • nightclubs
  • theatres
  • events industries
  • taxis
  • wholesalers
  • English language schools
  • breweries
  • freelance and mobile businesses (including caterers, events, hair, beauty and wedding related businesses)

Businesses will need to demonstrate that they have been severely financially impacted and will be required to submit evidence to support the claim.

All applications will be validated and a determination made as to whether the business is eligible for a grant and how much. Please note that no payments will be made until the application deadline of Sunday 8th August has passed and all applications have been assessed.

Stroud Additional Restrictions Grant Policy

RESTART Grants – this scheme closed for applications on 30 June.

If you have already submitted an application please note that the council are required to undertake more extensive and robust pre-payment checks on the restart grants, so processing times for these grants may be longer.

Certain types of businesses in rural areas, where the population is below 3000, may qualify for mandatory rate relief of 100%.

To qualify for mandatory relief a property must be situated within a rural settlement area named on the Council's rural settlement list and must be:

a food shop or sole general store or sole post office with a rateable value less than £8500 a public house or petrol filling station with a rateable value less than £12500 Other businesses that may qualify for discretionary relief must be situated within a rural settlement area named on the Council's rural settlement list, have a rateable value less than £16000, and be providing a business which is of benefit to the local community.

To examine whether you may qualify under this jurisdiction please contact us.

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