Please note that the deadline for all grant schemes is strictly 5pm on Friday 21st August. Eligible businesses are strongly urged to submit their applications as soon as possible, and not wait until near the deadline.
The Government has introduced new grants under its response to COVID-19. The grants will be distributed as widely as possible by the Council.
To obtain the grant you will need to provide the Council with some information, including your bank details. We will pay the grant directly into your bank account as quickly as possible once we have received the funding from Government.
Grant payments are now being made. When we pay your grant, you will receive an email confirming how much has been paid and when it will appear in your bank account.
BE AWARE: We have been informed that some companies are charging fees to complete the application on behalf of small businesses.
We are not charging any fees for this grant and urge any business owners to contact the business rates team (for Schemes 1 and 2) or the economic development team (for the Discretionary Grant) with any queries they may have about the application process.
This funding is aimed at small businesses and some other organisations who were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund but still have ongoing fixed property-related costs such as rent, service charges, mortgage costs and utilities.
We have expanded the eligibility criteria for Phase 3 of our Discretionary Grant fund. The following businesses can now apply for grants of up to £10,000:
In addition, these categories were recently added for Phase 2, and are still eligible:
Applications are also still welcomed from businesses that were eligible during Phase 1 of the grants process:
To apply for a Discretionary Grant, please complete the online application form .
Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 21st August 2020.
£10,000 will be given through the support grant to:
Exclusions to Small Business Grant Fund:
To apply for the small business grant under scheme 1 please complete this form
£10,000 will be given through the grant to businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a rateable value of £15,000 or less.
£25,000 will be given through the grant to businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a rateable value of over £15,000 and under £51,000.
Exclusions to Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grant Fund:
To apply for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grant under scheme 2 please complete this form.
If you need further information please visit the Government website.
All grants are subject to state aid rules, any grant funding paid may be reclaimed if it does not comply with state aid rules.