COVID-19 COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

The second CARF application window is now closed.

The first CARF application window closed on 15 April 2022. Businesses who applied for CARF before 15 April 2022 should NOT apply again.

 In 2021 the Government has launched the COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) to support businesses affected by the pandemic who are ineligible for existing support linked to business rates (such as previous COVID related reliefs). 

The fund replaces the right to request a reduction in business rates from the Valuation Office Agency. This is on the grounds that COVID-19 has been a material change in circumstances which makes the rateable value of the property inaccurate.  

Eligible businesses 

This is not a new CARF fund. Businesses who applied for CARF before 15 April 2022 should NOT apply again. 

The fund is limited and only available to businesses that have been adversely affected by the pandemic and have been unable to adequately adapt to that impact.    

You must be able to provide evidence of how your business has been adversely impacted by COVID-19, for example: 

  • Accounts showing your turnover before the pandemic and currently 
  • Bank statements showing your business activity before the pandemic and now 

Businesses that did not receive the maximum Small Business Rates Relief or the Expanded Retail Discount can be considered.    

We can pay money towards your 2021/22 rates bill but you must be able to evidence that your business has been impacted by Covid. This could include lost orders and contracts, lost revenue, significant additional costs and cashflow problems.  

The following property types are not eligible:  

  • shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues  
  • those used for assembly and leisure  
  • hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation  

Payments 

We can only pay relief up to 100% of your 2021/22 bill.   

If the award of a relief puts your 2021/22 account into credit, we may move that credit to offset any other outstanding business rates liability, or your 2022/23 business rates bill. Alternatively, we may be able to provide a refund of the relief.  

If your circumstances change and your business becomes ineligible for the relief or reduces the value of the award, we will adjust your rate bill in the year to reflect the loss of relief. Any relief awarded under this scheme will be subject to the property’s continuing eligibility. 

Assessment and closing date  

We have a limited funding pot of £23.993m, £14.6 m of which has already been committed to eligible businesses that applied before 15 April. 

The second application window closes at 5pm on 15 July 2022. Any new applications for CARF will be assessed after the closing date. We will write to you all applicants with a decision within four weeks of the closing date. 

If you applied for CARF before 15 April 2022 you do not need to apply again, we will be writing to you within the next few weeks with a decision. 

Applications are closed.

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