Second round of Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund closed

The second window for small business discetionary grant applications has now closed. Applicants will be contacted with a decision shortly.

Published: Wednesday, 19th August 2020 Watford l artista

The window is now closed.  Applicants will be notified shortly.


Whilst there will be some set, national criteria for the funds, councils can determine which cases to support within those criteria. This is why it is called a discretionary grant. We must, however, prioritise the following types of businesses for grants from this funding pot.

  1. Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible work spaces e.g. industrial parks, science parks, incubators etc, which do not have their own business rates assessment;
  2.  Regular market traders who do not have their own business rates assessment;
  3. Bed & Breakfasts that pay Council Tax instead of business rates; and
  4. Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.

The list set out above is not exhaustive, but it is intended as a  guide to councils when considering which businesses to award a grant to.

Other qualifying criteria include:

  • Businesses with ongoing fixed building-related costs
  •  Businesses which can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the Covid-19 crisis
  •  Business with fewer than 50 employees
  •  Businesses that were trading on or before 11th March.

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