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Coronavirus Discretionary Grants Fund

The fund has been set up to support certain small businesses who are not eligible for current COVID-19 grant schemes but who have been impacted by the Coronavirus restriction measures.

**Applications for Round One of the Discretionary Grant Fund have now closed**

We are in the process of assessing applications received and will contact you with a decision.

To allow us to process the applications as quickly as possible, please do not chase your application. The team assessing applications will contact you if any further evidence is required.

Any further funding rounds will be announced once all first round applications have been assessed. Please do continue to check this page for updates.

FAQ's

I missed the deadline for submission, will there be another opportunity for me to apply?

The funding round closed at midnight on June 15, so we are currently no longer accepting submissions. Once all applications from round one have been appraised, we will then know if there is any Grant Fund allocation remaining.  If there is, the Council may be able to run a second round.  Any further rounds / announcements will be posted on this page, so we recommend you continue to check this web page for updates.

I applied for the Discretionary Fund Business Grant when is it likely that I will receive a decision on my application?

All applications are currently being assessed and we will be in touch once a decision has been made.

What happens if a I didn’t submit all the supporting evidence with my application because it wasn’t available at the time of submission?

Discretionary Grant Fund applications can only be fully appraised if all of the supporting evidence is provided.  You may be given an opportunity to provide missing evidence – we may contact you by phone or email if we require further information to appraise your application.  To ensure fairness if the information requested is not provided within 3 working days of this request your application will be rejected. 

I have been asked to provide additional information, or a more detailed explanation regarding my application, what time frame will I need to respond in?

You may be given an opportunity to provide missing evidence.  To ensure fairness if the information requested is not provided within 3 working days of the request your application will be rejected.

Discretionary Grant Fund

Who is the grant for?

Under the guidance issued to the Council by Government, it has been determined that the grants will be primarily and predominantly aimed at:

  • Small and micro businesses, as defined in Section 33 Part 2 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 and the Companies Act 2006
  • Businesses with relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs
  • Businesses which can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis
  • Businesses which occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000

Applications will be prioritised for the following businesses

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces. Examples could include units in industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment
  • Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment
  • Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief, which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief, or Rural Rate Relief

Before you apply

Those businesses who are eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) or Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF) will not be eligible to apply for this grant regardless of whether you have yet claimed from the scheme.

If you answer yes to any of the following statements please do not apply for this scheme and instead apply for the COVID-19 Small Business and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Funds scheme:

  • I am a business in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rates Relief
  • I am a retail, hospitality or leisure business with a rateable value (RV) of £15,000 or less
  • I am a retail, hospitality or leisure business with a rateable value (RV) of greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000

Businesses who have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) are eligible to apply for this scheme.

Get your supporting evidence ready

Applications are now closed.

You will need a number of documents as evidence to support your application and prove eligibility. We recommend you prepare these in advance and have them ready to upload.

To help you prepare here are some examples of the documents we can accept and evidence that may be included to demonstrate your eligibility as part of the application process: 

  • Significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis evidence may include: bank statements for the previous four month period, latest annual accounts
  • Evidence of employee number including but not limited to: PAYE, Pay roll, HMRC documentation
  • Evidence of fixed property costs including but not limited to: signed lease agreement, license arrangement, mortgage agreement (non domestic)* – detailing monthly costs. 
  • Other evidence of property costs may include – Utility bill, buildings insurance, Business Rates bill
  • Evidence of trading as at March 11 2020 for example; bank statements for the previous four month period, Companies House Registration, Charity Commission Registration or HMRC documentation
  • Evidence that your business is a B&B

*For the purpose of this scheme, the Council determines fixed property costs to be; payments of mortgage, lease, rent or licence for business premises and not domestic premises (with the exception of Bed and Breakfast only).

All applications must include your most recent business bank statement/nominated account statement for verification purposes.

Grant Funding

The Council has access to limited funding from Government for this scheme therefore, in order to maximise the number of businesses supported within the priority categories, the council will initially allocate funding to all businesses that meet the eligibility criteria above as follows:

Grant Value* Eligible
£2,000 Businesses within the priority categories with 0 - 1 employees
£5,000 Businesses within the priority categories with 2 - 10 employees.
£10,000 Businesses within the priority categories with 11 - 49 employees.

*Should the initial allocation above exceed the funding available from the Government, the Council reserves the right to reduce each grant by a proportionate amount in order to be affordable within the available funding.

Discretionary Grants Application Form

Applications for Round One of the Discretionary Grant Fund have now closed.

  • You can contact the Discretionary Business Grant team on Discretionary.Grant@dudley.gov.uk for information and guidance only. We can not offer specific advice relating to your business.