COVID-19: Discretionary Grant Fund - Updated: 17 November 2020

  • Coronavirus: Discretionary Grant Fund

    A Discretionary Grant Fund is available for small and micro-businesses that are adversely affected by the Coronavirus and are not eligible for other grant schemes.


    The grant amount is discretionary and may be up to £25,000, £10,000 or any amount under £10,000.


    The grant is assessed & administered by Local Authorities. A business is potentially eligible for this fund if it:


    • 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.
    • Is not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.


    Priority applications are given to:


    • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces, such as units in industrial parks or business 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.


    You cannot apply if:


    • Your business is in administration, insolvent or has received a striking-off notice.
    • If you’re already claiming under another government grant scheme, although you may also claim for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or Self-Employed Income Support Scheme.


    How to apply


    This grant opened on 29 May 2020. It closed on 17 June 2020.


    Go to your local council’s website to apply.




    COVID-19: Grant funding for business

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    COVID-19: Government Support Tracker

    This tracker covers measures announced by the government to support individuals and businesses, as we get through COVID-19.


    External links


    Gov.UK Apply for the Discretionary Fund


    Gov.UK Local Authority Discretionary Fund Guidance for Local Authorities


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