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Note: This scheme is now CLOSED

We're no longer accepting applications for the Discretionary Business Grants Funding Scheme.
Information relating to this scheme however, is still available below.

What is the Discretionary Business Grants Funding Scheme?

In May 2020, the Government announced that it is providing local authorities with additional funding to target small businesses with high fixed property-related costs but that are not eligible for the current grant schemes. This includes:

  1. Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible work spaces e.g. industrial parks, science parks, incubators etc, which do not have their own business rates assessment;
  2. Regular market traders who do not have their own business rates assessment;
  3. B&Bs which pay Council Tax instead of business rates, and;
  4. Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.
  5. Businesses in Local Strategic Priority Sectors that did not qualify for earlier support grants (this includes businesses in tourism, green tech construction; and those in the food and drink and hospitality supply chain).

Outline national eligibility criteria provided by the Government stipulates that the grants can only go to:

  • Businesses with ongoing fixed building-related costs
  • Businesses that can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the Covid-19 crisis
  • Business with fewer than 50 employees
  • Businesses that were trading on 11 March

This grant funding is for businesses that are not eligible for other support schemes. Businesses which have received cash grants from any central government COVID related scheme are ineligible for funding from the Discretionary Grants 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 that have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are eligible to apply to this scheme.

Businesses that have applied to, or are eligible for, the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme are also eligible to apply to this scheme.

Companies that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Only one claim per business will be allowed, regardless of the number of premises the business occupies.

How do I apply for a discretionary grant?

If you believe your business is eligible for a discretionary grant, please complete the application using our online form.

In order to complete the application form, you'll need to provide an electronic copy of:

  • March 2020 bank statement (for the bank account used by the business)
  • Latest set of accounts (where applicable)
  • Latest HMRC return (where applicable)
  • Tenancy agreement (where applicable)
  • Other evidence you feel will help to demonstrate your loss of income

There is a facility to upload these documents at the end of the application form.

What other support is available to businesses?

Please see the Government’s website for further information about this and other support measures they're offering.

Our Economy Team is working with the Local Enterprise Partnership, collating ground level information on the issues affecting our local business community and attempting to identify potential problems as early as possible. If your business is experiencing any issues relating to COVID-19 that aren’t being addressed through other support channels, you're welcome to feed this back to us so that the information can be shared confidentially to help shape future activities responding to the outbreak by emailing

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