Discretionary grant fund

The government has awarded £1.2 million to the Council to help businesses affected by COVID-19.

The additional fund is aimed at small businesses who were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund.

The Council has published five discretionary grant schemes:

  • Small business ratepayer scheme -  for small businesses who are ratepayers and not eligible for any other grant scheme - applications closed Sunday 19 July.

  • Shared Accommodation and Workspace Scheme - for small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces - applications closed Sunday 5 July.

  • Business storage property scheme - for small businesses which have fixed property-related costs for storage - applications closed Sunday 5 July

  • Discretionary Bed & Breakfast Scheme - for those who pay council tax instead of business rates - applications closed 21 June

  • Discretionary Charity Scheme - properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief - applications closed 21 June.


Grant under all five discretionary grant schemes are considered State Aid - see the government website for more information.


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