Discretionary Business Grants

Following the first phase of the Discretionary Business Grants Scheme we have now changed the eligibility to include and support more businesses.

Click here to view the revised Discretionary Business Grant Policy.

What is the grant?

The grant is to support businesses that did not receive any funding from the previous Small Business Grant, the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant or Business Rate Relief.

The grant will help businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs that have experienced significant losses in income.

Is my business eligible?

Your business may be eligible for these grants if it meets the following criteria.

  • Fewer than 50 employees
  • Ongoing fixed costs, such as business rent
  • Trading since 11 March 2020
  • You can demonstrate the business has suffered a significant fall in income due to Coronavirus
  • A rateable value, annual rent or annual mortgage of below £51,000
  • You do not quality for any other government coronavirus grants
  • If your business has received the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or Self Employed Income Support Scheme you may apply for this scheme.

Please note: Applications will be accepted from businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000, however payment will only be awarded to businesses who have experienced exceptional circumstances during the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses with values below £51,000 will be considered first.  

Who isn't eligible?

If your business has already received cash grants from any central government Coronavirus-related scheme, then your business is ineligible for this grant.  The government grant schemes include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • 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

What evidence will I need to supply?

To support your application, you'll need to provide the relevant evidence.

  • Your business address
  • Evidence demonstrating you have high ongoing fixed property-related costs such as a signed lease, licence, rental or mortgage agreement
  • Your most recent set of accounts and balance sheet
  • Financial information that supports your loss of income due to Coronavirus
  • Your business bank details including account number and sort code

How do I apply?

Please complete the online application form.

The deadline for the applications is 5pm on the 13 July.

How we collect and use information

We will use the information you give in this form to verify and make the payment of the discretionary grants. We may also use the information to bill, collect and recover business rates on behalf of central government under the Local Government Finance Act 1992.

Please visit our Privacy Notice for further information on how we process and store your data.

If you want to know more about what information we have about you, or the way we use that information, please ask us.

What happens next?

It'll take up to 10 working days after the deadline to process applications.  You will be notified by email if your application has been successful or unsuccessful.  If successful, payment of funds will made to the business bank account as soon as possible.