Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund now open to applications in many areas across England and being allocated on a ‘first come’ basis

Please note that the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund is live now in most parts of England and funding is being allocated on a ‘first come’ basis. Early application is therefore strongly advised.

As an  example of the level of interest in this scheme, North Devon District Council launched the scheme on the morning of Monday 1 June and by 5pm had received almost 80 applications.

Small and micro businesses with fixed property costs that are not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund may be eligible for the Discretionary Grants Scheme.

You can get a grant of £25,000, £10,000 or any amount under £10,000.

You’re potentially eligible if your business:

  • is based in England
  • has fewer than 50 employees
  • has fixed building costs such as rent
  • was trading on 11 March 2020, and
  • has been adversely impacted by the coronavirus.

The government has asked local councils to prioritise businesses such as:

  • small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces, such as units in industrial parks or incubators
  • regular market traders
  • bed and breakfasts paying council tax instead of business rates, and
  • charity properties getting charitable business rates relief, which are not eligible for small business rates relief or rural rate relief.

You cannot apply if your business is in administration, insolvent or has received a striking-off notice.

Neither can you apply if you’re already claiming under another government grant scheme, such as:

  • Small Business Grant Fund
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
  • Fisheries Response Fund
  • Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme
  • Zoos Support Fund, or the
  • Dairy Hardship Fund.

Local councils have discretion about how to prioritise this funding. Please check with your council for details of their scheme.

You can find the website for your local council at this LINK. You may need to use the website’s search function to find details of the scheme (search for ‘Discretionary Grants’ or ‘Discretionary Grants Fund’).

Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.