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Business support

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  1. Business support during Coronavirus
  2. Discretionary grant fund

Discretionary grant fund

On 1st May 2020, the Government announced that it will be providing local authorities with additional funding to target small businesses with high fixed property-related costs but are not eligible for the current grant schemes. The Government is making an additional 5% uplift to the £12.33 Billion funding previously announced for the Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund. 

Local Authorities are to exercise their local knowledge and discretion to prioritise the following types of businesses for grants from within this funding pot:

1. Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible work spaces e.g. industrial parks, science parks, incubators etc., which do not have their own business rates assessment;
2. Regular market traders who do not have their own business rates assessment;
3. B&Bs which pay Council Tax instead of business rates; and
4. Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.

The list set out above is not intended to be exhaustive, but it is intended to guide Local Authorities as to the types of uses that the Government considers should be a priority for the scheme. Authorities will determine for themselves whether particular situations not listed are broadly similar in nature to those above and, if so, whether they should be eligible for grants from this discretionary fund. 

These grants are only available to a person or business trading on 11 March 2020 The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud, any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back. 

Please note:  Businesses which are eligible for cash grants from any central government COVID-related scheme are ineligible for funding from the Discretionary Grants Fund, apart from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.  Such grant schemes include but are not limited to:  

  • Small Business Grant Fund  

  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant  

  • The Fisheries Response Fund  

  • Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme (DSSS).  

  • The Zoos Support Fund  

  • The Dairy Hardship Fund  

You are not eligible to apply for this grant if:  

  • You/ your business is based at home 

  • You operate a mobile businesses 

  • Your business is based mainly on online trade/sales 

  • You are a private landlord renting out a property, including properties let out as a HMO 

How much relief will be available? 

Funding will be capped at a maximum of £10,000 per eligible business, or any amount under £10,000. The value of the payment to be made to a business is at the discretion of the local authority. 

The payment will be per business/sole trader and we will not make a separate payment for each hereditament. 

Following the initial assessment of all applications it was decided that all eligible businesses would be awarded a £5,000 grant to ensure that we were supporting as many local businesses as possible. A final review took place after the closing date and the decision was made to distribute the remaining funding evenly between the eligible businesses already identified, awarding each business an additional £3320.90.

Application Process 

To apply for this discretionary fund you must first meet the criteria set out in section 2 of the policy, to view this policy please click the link below. If you do not fit these criteria then your application will be rejected. 

The initial application process ran from 9am on Thursday 28th May 2020 to 5pm on Wednesday 3rd June 2020. Applications were open for a second time from Friday 26 June at 9am to Thursday 9 July at 4pm.  

Please note whilst applications will be open for all businesses to apply the assessment process will consider the priority businesses outlined above before other businesses are considered.




Discretionary grant policy