There's still time to apply for grants of £10,000 or £25,000 in some parts of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent - but not much of it!

Known as the Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant, and the Small Business Grant, they were created by the Government to help small and medium-sized businesses specifically in the tourism sector.

The Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant

For the Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant, the amount you could be entitled to is determined on the rateable value of your premises.

If your property qualified for Retail Rate Relief on 11th March 2020, you will be entitled to £10,000 if the rateable value is under £15,000, or £25,000 if the value is between £15,000 and £51,000.

The Small Business Grant

For the Small Business Grant, you are eligible if your business received small business rate relief (including tapered relief) or rural rate relief.

This grant is a one-off payment of £10,000.

How to claim your grant

To claim your grant, you need to contact the local authority your business pays business rates to.

You can apply directly via the following websites (links open in new windows):

Cannock Chase District Council

East Staffordshire Borough Council

Lichfield District Council

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council - deadline 28th August

South Staffordshire District Council - deadline 21st August

Stafford Borough Council - deadline 21st August

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council - deadline 28th August

Stoke-on-Trent City Council - deadline 20th August

Tamworth Borough Council

Unless otherwise stated, the deadline for applications is 28th August, which is the closing date of the national schemes.