This information is being regularly updated in line with latest Government guidance and advice. The content of this page was checked and updated on 3 April 2020.

Government support

Full information on the Government's support for businesses can be found at


The £10,000 and £25,000 cash grants to businesses announced by the Government for Sunderland companies will be administered by Sunderland City Council's Business Rates team. 

The council has now started making grant payments to eligible businesses and organisations with payments already made to the value of £3.340m.

Work will continue to get the grants paid out to all those that qualify as quickly as possible.

Any business or organisation that has not yet submitted their details on the online form but would like to find out whether it is eligible for the grant should review the guidance below and complete the online form. 

Payments will continue to be made over the coming weeks as the information provided is validated and in accordance with any further guidance from Government.  Businesses will receive an e-mail confirming that their payment has been paid to the e-mail address that they supplied on the on-line form that they submitted.

Please complete this COVID-19 Business Rates Grant Funding Scheme form if you think you are eligible so we can validate your business information and verify your business bank details. Some information on the online form is mandatory (these fields are marked with a *) and grants will not be able to be processed without this information. Wherever possible, please provide all of the information requested as accurately as possible on the online form (even if it is not marked as mandatory) as it will help the council to make payments to eligible businesses as quickly as possible.

If you occupy and pay business rates for more than one property, please complete a separate COVID-19 Business Rates Grant Funding Scheme form per property as the grants are paid on an individual property basis.

Full information on the Government's cash grant schemes including eligibility is included below - Cash Grants - Small Business Rate Relief businesses (£10,000) and Cash Grants - retail, hospitality and leisure (£25,000)


The government announced (26 March) new measures to support the self-employed. Full details are set out in the Chancellor's 26 March speech, available at:

The Government announced new support measures for businesses and their employees (20 March 2020).  Full details are set out in the Chancellor's 20 March speech, available at

These were in addition to the measures Government announced previously on 17 March 2020. Full detail of the Chancellor's 17 March speech is at

Further details are below on each area:

Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

Guidance for food businesses

Business Rates

Grant Funding Schemes

Government Loans

Government support for people affected by Covid 19 (including Self-Employed)

Government National Advertising Campaign

Retail, hospitality and leisure - Business Insurance

Government Advice Links

Local (Sunderland City Council) and Regional Links

Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles - advice for drivers

COVID-19 - Advice to landlords and agents

Covid-19 response - calls for volunteers, innovation and PPE