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Grants - Charitable and Discretionary Rate Relief


To assist 'not for profit' organisations by providing up to 80% relief on non-domestic rates.


Charities are entitled to relief from rates on any non-domestic property that is wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes. Relief is given at 80 per cent of the bill. Local councils have discretion to give further relief on the remaining bill. Authorities also have discretion to give relief on all or part of any rate bill for property occupied by certain non-profit making bodies. They can also consider giving rate relief in cases of hardship or where part of a property is beyond use for a certain period. Voluntary organisations can apply for between 25%-75% relief dependent upon the category of the organisation.

Key Conditions

Applicants must be a registered charity or a voluntary organisation.

Date by which grant should be submitted

No deadline.

The application process
Completion of an application form (if you are a registered charity) or a letter of application (if you are a voluntary organisation), acknowledged on receipt.
Passed to Council Officer for assessment and recommendation.
Applicant notified of decision.
It is expected that each application will take approximately between 2-4 weeks.