Discretionary Business Grant Fund

The Government is making additional funding available to allow us to further support Small Business. This money is in addition to the Small Business Grants Funds and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund already available to businesses.

The grant is prioritised for these types of business that are based and trading within South Staffordshire

  • Small and micro businesses with the exception of homeworkers.
  • Businesses with relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs.
  • Businesses that can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Businesses that occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000.

South Staffordshire Council will consider the following types of businesses for grants in line with national guidance;

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces (e.g. Garden Centres, Science Parks, etc)
  • Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent.
  • Bed & breakfasts that pay council tax instead of business rates
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for small business rates relief or rural rate relief.

There is a limited amount of funding available for businesses and South Staffordshire Council will look to award a grant to those businesses who meet the national priorities first. The Council will also consider applications from eligible businesses who are exempt from business rates as they are operating within parks.

Businesses that are eligible for the grant will receive up to £5,000 dependent on the number of applications received.

Only businesses that were trading on 11th March are eligible to apply for this grant.

This grant funding is for businesses that are not eligible for other support schemes, such as:

Grant Name Administered by
Small Business Grant Fund South Staffordshire Council
Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant Fund South Staffordshire Council
The Fisheries Response Fund Marine Management Organisation
Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme Marine Management Organisation
The Zoos Support Fund DEFRA
The Dairy Hardship Fund DEFRA, AHDB, Scottish Govt, Welsh Govt, Northern Ireland Executive, and Dairy UK

Businesses who have received support from the Coronavirus Job retention scheme or are eligible for the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) are eligible to apply for this scheme.

Applications

The window for applications closed at midnight on Friday 26th June 2020. Please note we will not accept any late applications.

Only applications that are fully completed will be considered, which includes providing all of the information requested and supplying relevant evidence.

You will need, if applicable, your company registration number, VAT registration number, charitable registration number and the business rate or council tax account number to hand to complete the form.

In addition, you will need to provide us with your most recent bank statement and a bank statement from the same trading period in 2019 (or, if recently constituted, any pre-Covid bank statement under normal trading conditions). You will also need to provide a copy of lease/rental agreement if appropriate especially if your application is connected to either the shared office and flexible workspaces category or the market traders category.

The grant does not need to be repaid and it is ONE grant per business and not per property.

Payments are subject to the normal state aid restrictions.

Policy and further guidance

For further information about South Staffordshire Council's Discretionary business grant fund, you can view our policy here.

The Government has issued further guidance to local authorities. This includes a local authority guidance document and a frequently asked questions (FAQ) supplement to accompany it.

If you have any questions or need further advice on this fund, please email discretionarybusinessgrants@sstaffs.gov.uk

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