COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

Phase two CARF applications are now open

West Suffolk Council has more than £1.4m of Government funding available to support eligible businesses under the second phase of CARF. The Council is now inviting applications for funding from eligible businesses who haven’t previously applied for the COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF).

Phase two of CARF is open to businesses that:

  • have been in the rating list (that is, rated and liable for business rates) and “occupied” for a period of time between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022. The exception to this is that the business did not need to be physically occupying the property when it was closed due to COVID-19 restrictions
  • have had a business rates liability for the financial year 2021-22. Where a business’ rates bill was zero, such as if a business received the full Small Business Rate Relief, it will be ineligible for CARF
  • have been adversely affected by the pandemic and have been unable to adequately adapt to that impact

Businesses are not eligible:

  • if during 2021-22 they were eligible for the Extended Retail Discount (covering Retail, Hospitality and Leisure), the Nursery Discount or full Small Business Rates Relief
  • if they were in liquidation, dissolved, in administration, insolvent or subject to, or under notice of, a striking-off notice on 1 February 2022
  • if they are a local authority, or other precepting authority (for example, a parish or county council) or a functional body, within the meaning of the Greater London Authority Act 1999
  • if by receiving a relief under CARF, they will exceed subsidy thresholds.
  • if their rateable value is solely for telephone masts or car park spaces
  • if they applied for CARF in February/ March 2022.

Phase two funding is being awarded on a first come first served basis. Applications will be considered as they come in and against the eligibility criteria. The scheme will close at the end of August 2022 or sooner if all of the money has already been fully allocated.

To apply please make sure you have read the eligibility criteria and complete the application form at

Businesses are advised that it should take between two to four weeks for their application to be considered and CARF to be applied to their business rates account.


About CARF and the funding awarded under phase one

West Suffolk Council was allocated £4.05m from Government for the COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF).

The Council has already awarded two sets of funds. The first totalling £970,000 of rate relief, was awarded to 214 businesses who successfully applied for CARF between 22 February 2022 and 15 March 2022.

The second set of funding totalling more than £1.6m was awarded to over 1200 West Suffolk businesses who didn’t apply to CARF, but who according to Government data, are working in sectors that have been hardest hit by the pandemic. These businesses have been invited to apply for further funding to bring them into line with those businesses that applied.