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.
Discretionary Grant Fund
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.
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:
|£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.