How to apply for the COVID-19 Additional Relief (CARF)

Find out if your business is eligible for the COVID-19 Additional Relief (CARF) and how to apply.

About the COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund

This new rate relief scheme is for businesses that have struggled during the pandemic but have premises that have been previously ineligible for support. It covers the financial year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 but you can still apply for this 2021-22 relief up until 31 July 2022.

The scheme is currently undersubscribed so it is important that you apply if you think you’re entitled. 

You could qualify if you have not received either of the following during the pandemic: 

Business Grants

Fixed sum payments directly to businesses for overheads caused by periods of COVID restriction and the Omicron variant.

Rate Reliefs

Reduction in business rate bills to reduce taxation costs to businesses during the pandemic period. 

The general rules regarding CARF schemes are set by the government. However, it is up to each council to set a scheme that best supports businesses in their local area. Because of this, eligible criteria and levels of awards will differ between authorities.