Updated: 23rd July 2020
The UK Government recently announced the Discretionary Grants Scheme, aiming to help small and micro businesses with fixed property costs that are not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.
These grants will be distributed by your local authority/council and you may receive a grant of up to £25,000 or £10,000 and lower. If you’re unsure which local authority you fall under, you can easily check by clicking here.
To make things easier, we have put together a list of the local Discretionary Grant Fund Schemes below which have been announced within the Black Country (we will update this with any new information as it is published).
To be eligible you your business needs to:
- be based in England
- have fewer than 50 employees
- have fixed building costs such as rent
- have been trading on 11 March 2020
- have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus
GOVUK has asked local councils to prioritise businesses such as:
- small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces, such as units in industrial parks or incubators
- regular market traders
- bed and breakfasts paying council tax instead of business rates
- charity properties getting charitable business rates relief, which are not eligible for small business rates relief or rural rate relief
** ROUND 2 OPEN UNTIL 2ND AUGUST **
Under the guidance issued to the Council by Government, it has been determined that the grants will be primarily and predominantly aimed at:
- 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
- Businesses with relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs
- Businesses which can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis
- Businesses which occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000
Click here to visit the official webpage from Dudley Council regarding their DGF scheme
** ROUND 2 NOW OPEN **
Sandwell Council is inviting applications from today from local businesses for a new COVID-19 support grant. The council has £3.362m from the government’s Discretionary Business Grant Fund to allocate to local businesses. Find out more here.
Businesses should apply via the council’s online form: my.sandwell.gov.uk/service/Local_Authority_Discretionary_Business_Support_Grant
If they meet the eligibility criteria, their application will be assessed by the panel. Users will need a MySandwell account and be logged in to complete the form.
The fund is cash-limited, so grants will be given out on a ‘first come first served’ basis, we therefore urge businesses to get their applications in as soon as possible.
Colleagues at Walsall Council have outlined the full eligibility criteria on their website, here: https://lnkd.in/eXWaGDi
** DGF SCHEME NOW CLOSED BUT SMALL BUSINESS GRANT SCHEME IS OPEN **
Please note that the window to make applications for the discretionary grants programme has now closed.
Applications can still be made under Small Business Grant Scheme.
Find details of the scheme and how to apply at their website here
** ROUND 2 NOW OPEN - CLOSING 5TH AUGUST 12PM **
Click here to visit the City of Wolverhampton Council website to find more information.
The aim is to assess round 2 applications and issue decision notices by Friday, August 28, 2020.
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered as eligible for this scheme.
The grants will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
If you already have a City of Wolverhampton Council ‘My Account’ then you can use these account details to sign in here. If not please create a new account.
If you have any further questions regarding this scheme or broader support during the Coronavirus disruption and in the future, please do get in touch with our team who will be happy to assist you.
You can call us on 0300 770 2245 or email firstname.lastname@example.org