Discretionary grant fund

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 - apply before midnight 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.

The Council may look to expand the scheme depending on the funding available from central government, keep checking our home page for business grant updates.

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

Small business ratepayer scheme

Grant payment awards are dependent on set criteria and detailed in the scheme. Please read the full scheme details to ensure business is eligible to apply.

On 3 July we sent letters to small business rate payers who, according to our records may be eligible to apply.  We sent the letters to both the correspondence and property address. If you received two letters, you can only apply once. 

Overview - businesses eligible to apply

  • Trading, occupied and the business rate payer, according to our records on and since 11 March 2020.

  • The rateable value of the business property, or a total rateable value of all business properties, inside and outside of the Borough of Elmbridge, must be less than £51,000 as at 11 March 2020.

  • This grant funding is for businesses that are not eligible for other support schemes.

  • The total headcount of staff employed by the ratepayer must be less than 50

  • Can demonstrate a significant fall in income due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Overview - businesses NOT eligible to apply

  • Occupying a business premises after 11 March 2020.

  • Companies that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made.

  • Businesses eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund.

  • Businesses which have received cash grants from the list of central government COVID-19 related scheme.

  • Premises used for Financial Services (e.g. bank), Professional Services (e.g. solicitor), advertising rights, telephone masts, power networks, car parks and parking spaces, Post Office sorting offices and premises used mainly as offices.

  • Premises where more than 50% was not in use on 11 March 2020.

  • Businesses that do not pay business rates

Making your application for a small business ratepayer grant

Please read the full scheme details before making your application. Only complete applications received before midnight Sunday 19 July will be considered for a grant.

    
You must upload evidence at the same time as your application to be able to support your statement of 60% fall in income due to COVID-19 e.g. bank statements. Feb 2020 and April/May 2020 or if your business is seasonal provide April/May 2019 and April/May 2020 bank statements; any other representations (such as orders) to support a 60% fall in income.

 What happens when your application has been submitted

  • Step 1: Validation - we will check that you have submitted the appropriate documentation.  If you have not provided all appropriate documentation this application will be rejected, and we will notify you by telephone or email.
  • Step 2: Assessment - if your application has been validated it will be passed for assessment for a grant.
  • Step 3: Notification - we will notify you of the outcome of your application by email.
  • Step 4: The payment will be made to the account specified.
  • By accepting a grant you are confirming you are eligible for the grant.  Any grants found to be paid in error, for any reason, will be recoverable
  • Regular updates about payments of this grant will be detailed on our home page.

 Small business ratepayer application form

Shared accommodation and workspace scheme

Grant payment awards are dependent on set criteria and detailed in the scheme. Please read the full scheme details to ensure your business is eligible to apply.

Overview - businesses eligible to apply

  • Trading on 11 March 2020.

  • Small and micro businesses, as defined in Section 33 Part 2 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 and the Companies Act 2006.

  • Relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs.

  • Can demonstrate a significant fall in income due to the Covid-19 crisis

  • Businesses which occupy property, or part of a property, with an annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000.

  • Premises in the boundary of Elmbridge Borough Council and located in shared or other premises, including those in serviced office premises, where they are not the ratepayer to Elmbridge Borough Council.

  • Daily business activity operates from the workspace.

Overview - businesses NOT eligible to apply

  • Occupying a business premises after 11 March 2020.

  • Companies that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made.

  • Fixed property-related costs are rented space for business storage

  • Businesses eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund.

  • Businesses which have received cash grants from the list of central government COVID-19 related scheme.

  • Premises used for Financial Services (e.g. bank), Medical Services (e.g. vets, dentist), Professional Services (e.g. solicitor) and Post Office sorting offices where annual fixed costs are greater than £20,000.

  • The business is located at a property which pays council tax

 

 

  

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