The Discretionary Grant Fund supports small and micro businesses that are not eligible for other grant schemes.

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 may be eligible for the Discretionary Grants Scheme.

What you get
You can get a grant of £25,000, £10,000 or any amount under £10,000.

You’re potentially eligible if your business:

is based in England
has fewer than 50 employees
has fixed building costs such as rent
was trading on 11 March 2020
has been adversely impacted by the coronavirus

Government have asked local councils to prioritise businesses such as:

small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces, such as units in science parks, 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
Local councils have discretion about how to prioritise this funding. Please check with your council for details of their scheme.

You cannot apply if your business is in administration, insolvent or has received a striking-off notice.

If you’re already claiming funding
You cannot apply if you’re already claiming under another government grant scheme, such as:

Small Business Grant Fund
Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
Fisheries Response Fund
Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme
Zoos Support Fund
Dairy Hardship Fund
You’re still eligible if you’ve applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme.

Businesses that apply for the discretionary grants scheme can still apply for coronavirus-related loans if they’re eligible.

If you already get state aid
The discretionary grants fund counts towards state aid.

Payments of £10,000 or less count towards the total de minimis state aid you’re allowed to get over a 3 year period – €200,000. If you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework.

Payments of £25,000 count as state aid under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework. The limit for the framework is €800,000.

Your local council will ask you to complete a declaration confirming that:

you will not exceed the relevant state aid threshold
you were not an ‘undertaking in difficulty’ on 31 December 2019. This applies only to the COVID-19 Temporary Framework
How to apply

You do not have to pay the grant back but it will be taxable. Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

Published 29 May 2020