Notice to Applicants

We are currently receiving a high volume of applications which have been completed inaccurately.

Common mistakes that are being made are confusing monthly with annual or one-off costs, or providing business-related costs which aren't fixed premises costs and therefore cannot be considered as part of your application.

We will not be able to process inaccurate applications and your application will not receive payment in the first round of funding. It may even be rejected entirely.

Please carefully check the information that you provide - take your time with the form and read the Help article thoroughly. We want to make sure this funding helps as many businesses as possible. Please help us to help you.

What is the Discretionary Grant Scheme?

The Government have announced a new scheme where councils can allocate funds to small or micro businesses who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

This fund is available to businesses who have not been eligible for any other grant, with the exception of the furlough Job Retention scheme and Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), and who were trading on 11 March 2020.

You can read the full policy covering the scheme Icon for pdf here [139.1KB] (PDF download).


How can I apply?

Applications to the Discretionary Fund will open on June 1, and we anticipate that the first set of grants will be paid in the week commencing 15 June.

The second and third payment runs will follow every two weeks, as follows:

Applications openPayments made week commencing:
15 June29 June
26 June13 July


To apply for the grant, please use the button below:

Apply Now

If you need help completing the form, please see Form Help.

You need to apply before midday on Friday 12 June to be included in the first round of funding released. Applications made after this date will be considered in the second or third round.


Am I eligible for a Grant?

The funding is only available to businesses with fewer than 50 employees, as defined in the Companies Act 2006. Your business must have been trading on 11 March 2020 and not insolvent or dissolved.

In addition, the grants are aimed at:

  • Businesses with relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs
  • Businesses which can demonstrate that they have suffered a signficant fall in income due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
  • Businesses which occupy property or part of a property with a rateable value and annual rent or mortgage payments of below £51,000.

How much could I receive?

Grants will range from £1,000 to £25,000. You do not need to repay the grant.


Are some businesses prioritised over others?

Yes. The Government has asked councils to prioritise the following businesses:

  1. Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces which do not have their own Business Rates assessment
  2. Regular market traders who do not have their own Business Rates assessment
  3. Bed and Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of Business Rates
  4. Charity properties in receipt of Charitable Business Rates Relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief.

In addition, because the amount of funding provided to councils is finite, the following Local Priority Sector Businesses will be prioritised for grant assistance:

  • Tourism based businesses who fit the criteria above;
  • Food, drink and hospitality supply chain;
  • Marine sector - such as ferry companies, sailing schools, power boat schools and marine services such as boat servicing.

If your business is not in one of these priority areas, you can still apply - but the businesses above will be giving priority for grants.


What documents will I need to apply?

To submit your application, you will need:

  • Bank statements from February, March and April  2020 showing the business address
  • Your latest set of accounts or Self-Assessment Return
  • Proof of your tenancy agreement if you are a tenant
  • Evidence to show other fixed costs

You may also need to supply the following:

  • VAT Number
  • Unique Tax Reference number
  • Company number
  • Charity number

Please take care when entering details and especially numbers; incorrect information provided could significantly delay your grant.

Please check your bank details carefully. We will not be able to pay a grant twice, so if you provide incorrect account details and we are unable to reclaim the original payment, you may not receive your grant.

Applications will be checked against previously approved grants, data held on file and against HM Revenue and Customs records. Any business caught falsifying their record to obtain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be reclaimed.