The coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund supports small and micro businesses with fixed property costs that are not eligible for the Small Business Grant or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

How does the fund work?

The fund is discretionary to allow local authorities to use their local knowledge and discretion but there are some national criteria set by the Government.

  • Any grant award will be limited to one per business;
  • The grant is classed as taxable income for those receiving it;
  • Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax; and
  • Grants are £25,000, £10,000 or any amount under £10,000.

If you already receive 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 and you were not an ‘undertaking in difficulty’ on 31 December 2019.

Eligibility

National guidelines state that these grants are primarily and predominately aimed at:

  • Small or micro businesses;
  • Businesses based in England;
  • Businesses that have high ongoing fixed property-related costs;
  • Businesses that occupy property (or part of a property) with a rateable value or annual mortgage/rent payments below £51,000;
  • Businesses that were trading on 11 March 2020; and
  • Businesses that are not eligible for other support schemes including:-
    – The Small Business Grant Fund;
    – The Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund;
    – The Fisheries Response Fund;
    – Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme;
    – The Zoos Support Fund and
    – The Dairy Hardship Fund.

Businesses that have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme are still eligible to apply.

Companies in administration or are insolvent, including where there has been a striking off notice, will not be eligible to apply for assistance under this scheme.

How do you apply?

  • Visit your local authority website to find out how to apply, the relevant links for our region can be found below;
  • Some local authorities are working on a first come, first served basis, whereas others have application deadlines – see specific details for your area using the links below; and
  • Following the application deadlines, your local authority will run an application process and decide whether to offer your business a grant.

Which businesses are the local authorities prioritising?

Local Authorities may decide what criteria makes most sense for their local area, and what the requirements will be for businesses applying for their grant schemes.

It is recommended that they prioritise:

  • 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; and
  • Charity properties getting charitable business rates relief, which are not eligible for small business rates relief or rural rate relief.

Application links for local authorities

Online application forms for your local authority can be found below.

Breckland Council

  • Will close to new applications close of business on 23 June 2020.

Broadland District Council

  • Will close to new applications 23 June 2020.

South Norfolk Council

  • Will close to new applications on 23 June 2020
  • A further phase of applications will run from 23 June – 7 July 2020 if funds permit.

North Norfolk District Council

  • Will close to new applications at 23:59pm 21 June 2020
  • Payments will be awarded from week commencing 29 June 2020.

Norwich City Council

  • Will close to new applications on Tuesday 30 June 2020

Great Yarmouth Borough Council

King’s Lynn and West Borough Council