Small print seems to target only businesses that receive small business rate relief or rural rate relief - not those operating from home who never get anywhere near the business rates system.
My microbusiness (operating from home - so no business rates) does business around Europe. I have non-refundable travel bookings for (now cancelled) meetings in Spain, Sweden, and elsewhere. There is no FCO travel advice against going to these countries so I cannot even claim on my travel insurance.
The £3000 would be a very useful buffer against these expenses.
Is there any information on how, when, and by whom this grant can be claimed – and whether indeed it is really new money from Westminster or whether it has to be found from already tight local authority budgets?