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Discretionary Rate Relief for charities and non-profit-organisations

Charities in receipt of mandatory charity relief and non-profit-making organisations can apply for a discretionary discount on their rates.

Discretionary Rate Relief 2023-2026

The council's Discretionary Rate Relief (DRR) programme is now open for applications.

Discretionary Rate Relief is available as follows.

  • Up to 20% relief can be awarded to registered charities and registered sports clubs that qualify for mandatory rate relief.
  • Up to 100% relief can be awarded to organisations that do not qualify for mandatory rate relief, but who meet the eligibility criteria.

Click below for more information on the council’s DRR policy and use either the word or PDF application form.

The DDR programme will be open for a 3-year period from 2023 to 2026 (subject to funding) and you can apply at any time during this period. The council's Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) Committee will award DRR twice a year the relief will start from the date we receive your application. Please note the application deadlines below:


  • Round 1: 1 February 2023 - 31 May 2023
  • Round 2: 1 June 2023 - 31 December 2023 


  • Round 1: 1 January 2024 - 31 May 2024
  • Round 2: 1 June 2024 - 31 December 2024


  • Round 1: 1 January 2025 - 31 May 2025
  • Round 2: 1 June 2025 - 31 December 2025


  • 1 January 2026 - 31 March 2026

If you have any queries please contact the Community Partnership team at

Islington-based voluntary and community sector organisations seeking support with their business rates are still entitled to receive mandatory rate relief of 80% off their business rates. For more information and to make an application please see the information on our Business Rates pages or contact our Business Rates Team on

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