08 Jun Discretionary Business Grants – apply before deadline 15 June 2020

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.  Application deadlines are mostly 15 June 2020. 

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


You’re 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

Central Government has asked local councils to prioritise businesses such as:

  • 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

  • charity properties getting charitable business rates relief, which are not eligible for small business rates relief or rural rate relief

Who cannot apply?

You cannot apply if your business:

  • pays business rates

  • 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 Grant Scheme can still apply for coronavirus-related loans if they’re eligible.


Visit your local council’s website to find out how to apply:

Find the website for your local council.

Eden Council – deadline 15 June 2020

South Lakes Council – deadline 15 June 2020
County Durham – no set deadline
Carlisle Council deadline 15 June 2020

Allerdale Council – deadline 15 June 2020

Barrow Council – deadline 15 June 2020

Richmondshire Council – deadline 21 June 2020

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.

If you would like any further information on the above please contact us.