The Discretionary Business Support Grant is for small businesses in West Africa that have been affected by Covid-19.

The grant is to help businesses cover fixed costs.

There are 3 levels of funding that can be awarded depending on the circumstances of your business.

Grants are available for:

  • $5,000
  • $7,500
  • $10,000

Check if you can apply for a grant and make your application

Small business or Retail, hospitality and leisure grant overview

In response to COVID-19, the Government announced there would be support for small businesses and business in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

This support takes the form of 2 grant funding schemes:

  • the Small Business Grand Fund and
  • the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund
Small business grant fund

This grant will provide eligible businesses with a lump sum grant of $10,000

Who can apply

You should have been in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief Scheme on 11 March 2020.

  • if you are getting the Supporting Small Business Relief, you won’t get the Small Business Grant Fund
  • ​​​​​exclusions include hereditaments for personal use, car parks and hereditaments with a rateable value of $15,000 or more, please check your most recent TIN bill to get find this information.

Please read the full eligibility criteria Annex A provides a summaryExternal link

Retail, hospitality and leisure grant

This fund will provide eligible businesses with a lump sum grant of $10,000 or $25,000

Who can apply

  • you should have been eligible for the Expanded Retail Discount Scheme and have a rateable value of less than $5,000 (for the $10,000 grant) and a rateable value less than $51,000 (for $25,000 grant) on 11 March 2020
  • exclusions include hereditaments for personal use, car parks and hereditaments with a rateable value of $51,000 or more. Please check your most recent NNDR bill to get find this information.

How to make your grant application

You will need to:

  1. Check you are eligible to apply for the grant. You must be receiving the small business rate relief or the expanded retail discount.

    You will be stopped from submitting information on the online form if you don’t meet the eligibility criteria.

  2. Find your business rates account number, this on your demand notice. You will you need this number for your application.

Make your grant application

Grants online portalExternal link

The online form does not recognize your business or shows you are not eligible

If the online form says

Receiving your grant payment

From successful submission of the online form it will take up to 7 working days for the payment to be in your bank account.

Seven working days is required to allow time for the payment to be processed, which includes due diligence checks to limit any fraud or error with payments. It also allows for up to 3 working days bank processing times.

If you have not received a payment

If you believe you are eligible for a grant and haven’t received the grant payment, please use our online portal where you can supply the information required for payment to be made.

Grants online portalExternal link

Customer contact

The business rates team are currently prioritising the processing and payment of grants where we have already verified eligibility.

If you do email us to info@gni.org.ng

  • enquire about the grant
  • discuss eligibility or
  • notify us of changes to occupation etc you will unfortunately experience a delay in us responding.

It is difficult to suggest how long a response should take at this unprecedented time but we would ask that you don’t send your enquiry multiple times or contact other services within the council as this will only slow down our process of clearing all grants and incoming correspondence.

Business rates grants scam

It has come to light that companies are charging businesses a fee to facilitate applications for Business Rates Grants. We strongly advise not to use any companies charging a premium to apply on your behalf as this will not prioritize your payment