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COVID-19: Micro Business Grant

Applications for this grant are now temporarily closed.

Once we've made payments to all eligible people who applied, we'll work out if there's enough money left to open another round of funding. We aim to make this decision by Monday, 15 March 2021.

The Micro Business Grant aims to help cover fixed business costs for small businesses. There's a separate grant for Taxi and Hackney Carriage drivers.

What the Micro Business Grant is

This grant is for small businesses who do not have separate business premises. This includes businesses based at home, mobile businesses and businesses with a written agreement to rent a space, chair or pitch within another business premises.

The government is clear that this grant is not intended to act as a wage support measure. If you're getting less work or no work because of COVID-19, you might be able to claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.


You need to meet all the following criteria to be eligible for a Micro Business Grant.

  • Your business must be based in the borough of Rochdale.
  • You must have been trading on or before 4 November 2020.
  • Your business must have no more than 9 employees.
  • You must not have received either the Additional Restrictions Grant or the Local Restrictions Support Grant.
  • Your business should have at least £500 of ongoing fixed business costs a year - such as insurance, legal and accountancy fees, trading licences, utilities, equipment rental, software licenses and commercial vehicle costs. Fixed costs do not include stock, domestic property or employee costs.
  • You must demonstrate a financial need or strong justification for the grant.
  • Your business must have taken reasonable steps to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19.
  • Your business must have suffered a fall in income of at least 30% since COVID-19.
  • You must be able to evidence a minimum annual business income of £5,000 before COVID-19. This can be £5,000 pro rata if you're a newly established business.
  • Your businesses must be compliant with COVID-19 working regulations.

What you'll get

If you're eligible, you'll receive a single fixed payment. The amount you'll receive depends on your fixed business costs.

State Aid regulations limit the amount of money you can receive from grants each year. It's your responsibility to check you won't breach these regulations before you apply. We can take action to recover funding we've awarded you that goes over the State Aid limit. Check State Aid rules

Fixed business cost (yearly) ​Amount you'll receive
​Under £1,000​£1,000
​Over £2,000​£4,000

How to claim

Applications are now temporarily closed. The deadline to apply for this grant was 5pm, Friday, 26 February 2021.

How and when you're paid

Your grant will be paid directly into the business bank account you requested on your application form.

We're prioritising making payments to businesses that have been forced to close. We aim to pay these businesses within 7 working days of receiving their application – as long as it's completed and all necessary evidence provided. 

If your businesses hasn't been forced to close, it may be several weeks before we can consider your application.

Tax and benefits information

Receiving this grant will affect your tax and benefit payments in the following ways:

  • Tax - this grant is taxable. You'll need to include it as income on your business tax return.
  • Universal Credit - you'll need to declare this grant as income which may affect the amount of Universal Credit you receive. Sign in to your Universal Credit account to declare income
  • Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support - we'll automatically let the benefits service know you've received this grant and they'll re-assess your Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support amount

Report COVID-19 business grant fraud

If you think someone is claiming a coronavirus business grant when they're not entitled to it, please report this to us.

Report a fraud to the council


Please use the information on this page to answer any questions you have and only contact us if necessary.

We expect to receive a significant number of applications and aim to prioritise the processing of completed applications.

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