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Isle of Anglesey County Council


Welsh Government Business Grants - COVID-19


This grant is closed to new applications.

Confirmation of State Aid received under the Covid-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities measure and Undertaking in Difficulty Status.

The Euro equivalent of the Sterling aid amount is calculated using the Commission exchange rate applicable on the date the aid is offered. Any aid provided under this measure will be relevant if you wish to apply, or have applied, for any other aid granted based on the European Commission’s Temporary Framework. You will need to declare this amount to any other aid awarding body who requests information from you on how much aid you have received. You must retain this information for four years after the conclusion of the UK’s transition from the EU and produce it on any request from the UK public authorities or the European Commission.

The Welsh Government has introduced two non-repayable grants that are linked to the business rates payable properties. These grants will be administered by the Isle of Anglesey County Council for businesses on the Island and we will process them as soon as possible.

Both grants will apply to businesses that were on the rating list on 20 March, 2020.

The Welsh Government has set additional guidance regarding the payment of business grants to self-catering  accommodation.

In order to be eligible for the grant the business must meet the following criteria:

  • The self-catering accommodation can produce two years of trading accounts directly preceding the current financial year of the business
  • The self-catering accommodation must actually have been let for a period of 140 days or more in the financial year 2019-20
  • The self-catering accommodation business must be the primary source of income for the owner (minimum threshold is 50%).

This means that the Isle of Anglesey County Council needs to review the status of each business that has submitted a grant application for self-catering accommodation.

As a result, grant applications to this category of businesses will take more time to process.

Applications must also meet the general critera for the grants eg the property and applicant must have been registered for business rates on the 20th March 2020 and the property in active business use.

Applications involving properties which have registered as business premises after March 2017 will generally receive more detailed checks than those registered as business premises before this date – some of these involve residential premises that no longer pay any Council Tax.

Relevant business grant applicants will be contacted as soon as possible after they apply to request the additional evidence needed and how to submit that information to the Council. This involves uploading this evidence to a specific electronic portal. This evidence will then be assessed against compliance with the criteria, and those which are eligible will be awarded a grant.

It is important that applicants prepare and submit suitable and clear documentary evidence to a standard which will allow this assessment to take place as rapidly as possible. Details of additional evidence required will be sent direct to applicants via email, this will also include a link to enable the upload of documents. Missing or poor quality evidence will delay processing applications therefore we advise applicants to read the additional evidence criteria carefully.

Due to the large number of applications in this category and the volume of evidence involved, this process will take some time, so please bear with us. If there are queries on your evidence we will contact you about this.

We understand that the payment of these grants are vital to maintain local businesses and will attempt to process those business grants, which meet the new criteria, as soon as possible.

If you need advice or assistance with submitting an application or the submission of additional evidence you may contact us via email to econdev@ynysmon.gov.uk (quoting your grant application reference and/or business rates reference) - or if you do not have an email, by telephoning 01248 750057 and selecting Option 1.

We regret that we are unable to provide general updates on individual applications already submitted (but see Additional Information for Applicants below).

The Welsh Government has updated guidance regarding the payment of business grants to small charities.

The Welsh Government has announced that small charities within the retail, leisure and hospitality sector will receive a £10,000 business support grant to help them respond to the financial challenges of Covid-19.

This new package applies to properties with a rateable value of £12,000 or below.

This includes:

•charity run shops
•sports premises
•community centres

Larger charities with a rateable value in the range £12,000-£51,000 with premises in these sectors may be eligible for the £25,000 grant scheme, and should also apply if they have not already done so.

Applications should be made via through the application portal on or before 30 June 2020. Please ensure that you state ‘Charity’ in the section of the form that says ‘If you believe you are eligible, please provide any further information’.

Important Information: You cannot apply for this grant if you have already been awarded Covid-19 grant(s) amounting to £10k or more from any of the following:

•Welsh Government Economic Resilience Fund (ERF)
•Sport Wales Emergency Relief Fund

If you have received a Covid-19 grant(s) amounting to less than £10k from Sport Wales and/or the ERF, please also include this information in your application details in the ‘Further Information’ section.

Grant 1

A grant of £25,000 for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses occupying properties with a rateable value of between £12,001 and £51,000. The Council estimates that there is 240 eligible properties on the Island, entailing a grant payment of £6m.

Properties eligible for this relief are being wholly or mainly used;

  • Shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues;
  • For assembly and leisure;
  • Hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.

All properties fulfilling the eligibility criteria will be able to access the grant funding.

Grant 2

A grant of £10,000 will be paid to all businesses eligible for the small business rates relief on the Island with a rateable value of £12,000 or less. It is estimated that there are up to 2,300 eligible properties on the Island entailing a grant payment of £23m.

The same ratepayer will only receive a grant for a maximum of two properties.

How will the grants be paid?

It will be paid to the eligible recipient business, preferably via direct transfer to the businesses bank account.

For most businesses we either do not hold the relevant bank details or the information we have is not up to date to enable us to make the payment. We therefore need to collect additional information from businesses to enable us to process and pay the grant. We will also have to ensure that we are paying to the correct business.

Around 2,500 businesses are expected to qualify and we are working hard to look at all the applications and make payment to eligible applicants as quickly as we can under difficult circumstances. If you have applied but have not yet received a payment or response please bear with us whilst we are dealing with the current applications backlog.

Q&A

Why have some businesses already been awarded grants and some not?

Grants for businesses who have been paying business rates recently are generally much simpler to process as we already have their full and verified details.

For those who have not been paying business rates recently, where details have changed or are out-of-date, where not all information is clearly in place, or where there are multiple premises, there is a checking and verification process that needs to take place which we are working to do this as quickly as we can. We also need confirmation regarding the eligibility of certain types of premises before we can process applications for these.

Additional checks apply to self-catering accommodation businesses. Resolution of business rating issues can take time, particularly if this requires registration with VOA.

Why are some businesses not eligible?

The criteria have been decided by the government. If your business was not actually on the business rating list by 20th March 2020 we are currently not in a position to consider your application, but we will review this in the light of any updated government guidance.

The £10,000 grant is for qualifying businesses with a Rateable Value (RV) of up to £12,000 and currently in receipt of the Small Business Rates Relief. The £25,000 grant is for businesses with an RV in the range £12,000-£51,000 but only applies to those which are ‘mainly or wholly in the retail/ leisure/ hospitality sectors’. If your RV is in this range but your business is in another sector you are unlikely to qualify for this particular grant. Some other exclusions and limits also apply.

These grants do not apply to applicants with a Rateable Value over £51,000. Additional eligibility criteria apply to charities and self-catering accommodation.

How can we check the status of our application?

If within 8 weeks of the date of your application form submission or your submission of additional evidence you have not received payment of a grant or have not received an explanation, response or query from us, you may contact us by email to DATECONDEV@ynysmon.gov.uk and provide the following information, and we will seek to investigate and respond within 5 working days:

  • Application reference number
  • Date of application
  • Date of additional information upload (if this applies)
  • Name of business
  • Premises address