COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund

COVID-19 presented a significant and unprecedented challenge for businesses.

A new COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) of £1.5 billion has been made available to support those businesses affected by the pandemic but were ineligible for previous support linked to business rates. The £1.5 billion will be allocated to local authorities based upon the estimated rateable value in each local authority rating list which falls within the scope of the fund.

More information and eligibility criteria can be found in the CARF policy and guidance document (PDF File, 149kb).

This policy and guidance sets out the scope of CARF and the criteria that we will consider when determining awards from the fund.

CARF will be paid to businesses as a relief against 2021/22 non-domestic rates liability, to reduce chargeable amounts payable, and in accordance with Government guidance.