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 scheme and Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), and who were trading on 11 March 2020.

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 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

Please visit this page on 1 June in order to apply.


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 mortage 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.

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.