You can make an application for additional cash grant support if you're a small businesses with fixed property costs affected by COVID-19.

The Government has asked local authorities to prioritise the following types of businesses for grants from within this funding pot:

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces
  • Regular market traders with fixed building costs
  • Bed & Breakfasts that pay Council Tax instead of business rates
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates

We have received full guidance and assurances from the Government, and now have an application system in place. This means we can process and administer the grants as efficiently as possible.

Make an application

Before you apply, please read the guidance and eligibility document. Businesses who believe they might be eligible for this grant should prepare the following information before making their application:

  • Details of why your income has been affected by COVID-19
  • Income and expenditure accounts or bank statements from the account used to run your business that cover the period from 1 February 2019 to 30 April 2019 and 1 February 2020 to 30 April 2020
  • Any additional documents showing proof of loss
  • Copy of lease/mortgage for the business property

Grant payments under this scheme will be a maximum of £10,000, but most applicants will receive less. The amount is dependent on loss, income and the number of applications, so we can support as many eligible applicants as possible.

Please note that you cannot apply for a Small Business Discretionary Grant if you have received or are eligible for any central government COVID-19-related grant scheme (apart from SEISS). Such schemes include but are not limited to:

  • Small Business Grant Fund
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund
  • The Fisheries Response Fund
  • Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme (DSSS)
  • The Zoos Support Fund
  • The Dairy Hardship Fund

Apply for a Small Business Discretionary Grant