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COVID-19 Business Support Grants: Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund

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The government has introduced measures in support of small businesses as the country experiences the COVID-19 pandemic. On the 2nd May 2020, the government announced they would be implementing a Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund to enable Local Authorities to support local small businesses that are unable to acquire other support funding during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The guidance can be viewed on the Government's website.

If you wish to apply for a Discretionary Grant, please ensure that you answer all questions on this form, and provide all relevant information and evidence to support your application. Any further information required from you will delay the processing of your application.

Local Authority Small Business Discretionary Grant Fund

This fund is prioritised for the following types of businesses that are based and trade within East Staffordshire:

  1. Small and Micro businesses (as defined in the guidance) in offices (including shared offices) or other flexible workspaces. Examples could include units in industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment;
  2. Small/micro businesses (as defined in the Government guidance) who do have a business rates assessment, have a rateable value between £15,000 and £75,000, and are not eligible for the Small Business grant or the Retail, Hospitality & Leisure grant.
  3. Regular market or street traders with fixed building costs in East Staffordshire, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment;
  4. Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates; 
  5. Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief. The charity must trade in East Staffordshire and must not be part of, associated with or affiliated to any other Charities, including national Charities

The eligibility criteria for this Fund have been set by Central Government and is shown in the guidance.

Grants of £10,000 will be awarded by East Staffordshire Borough Council from this fund.

Any submission of this form must be accompanied by evidence in support of the points below. Your business must fall into all of the following categories:

  • Businesses which occupy property, or part of a property, with an annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000, or a rateable value less than £75,000.
  • Businesses which can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the Covid-19 crisis
  • Business with fewer than 50 employees
  • Businesses that were trading on or before 11th March 2020.
Additional Information

The Council will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back.

This Grant funding is for businesses that are not eligible for other support schemes (other than the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme). Businesses which are eligible for funding from any central government COVID-related scheme are not eligible for funding from the Discretionary Grants Fund. Such grant schemes include but are not limited to:

  • Small Business Grant Fund
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

However, Businesses who have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are eligible to apply for this scheme. Businesses who are eligible for the Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) are also eligible to apply for this scheme. Please note that if your business has furloughed staff, then it will still be eligible for the Discretionary Grant.

Companies that are in Administration, are Insolvent or where a Striking-Off Notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

In order to start your application, please read the following statement and if it applies to your business, please tick ‘Yes’.

I confirm that this Business has not received a Grant awarded in dealing with COVID-19 (not including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or Self Employed Income Support Scheme) nor is in Administration, is Insolvent or has a Striking-Off Notice made against it, which would make this application ineligible.


Grant income received by a business is taxable therefore funding paid under the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund will be subject to tax. Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

How We Will Use Your Information

We will use your information to assess your application for financial support. If you provide false or inaccurate information, we take action to recover any monies paid out through false or inaccurate information. If you would like full details on how we use your information, please see our privacy notice page.