Local authority discretionary fund
Discretionary grant scheme closed
Applications for the local authority discretionary fund are now closed.
We will begin processing applications shortly and be in touch with businesses soon.
Our small business and retail leisure and hospitality grant schemes are still open. Please check if you are eligible for either of these schemes via our webpage.Find out more
What is the local authority discretionary fund?
The government announced on Friday 1 May 2020 that they would be making additional money available to local authorities to support businesses. The government have provided a general overview of the scheme which can be found on their website.
The council only has a limited amount of funding available for this scheme (£1,153,000).
Who will be eligible?
We have now developed our local policy for this scheme. Please read this before applying:
The discretionary scheme is aimed at supporting some of the small businesses who were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund. It will prioritise small and micro businesses with fixed property-related costs which can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Local Authorities have been asked by government to prioritise the following;
- 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; and
- Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief
Who will not be eligible?
Businesses which have received or are eligible for cash grants from any other central government COVID-19 related scheme will not be eligible for this fund.
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
Businesses who have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be eligible to apply for this scheme.
Businesses who are eligible for the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will also be eligible to apply for this scheme.
Only businesses which were trading on the 11 March 2020 will be eligible and companies that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made will not be eligible.
Help and support for businesses
- Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund Guidance.pdf
- COVID19 Business Risk Assessment Template.doc
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