Covid-19 Information for businesses

Information on business grant payments

Discretionary business fund

Applications are now open and will close at 5pm on Monday 22 June. 

Apply through the Small Business Discretionary Grant application form

This grant is aimed at small businesses which were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund.

Priorities will be given to these types of business:

  • Small businesses in 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

  • Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates

  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.

Priorities may change but the list above is in line with expectations. 

In accordance with the Government’s guidance, we anticipate that the first discretionary grant payments will be received by eligible businesses towards the end of June. 

For more details on this fund, please read our Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund May 2020 Policy Statement.

For details on how we process and use personal information, please read our Discretionary Business Grants Privacy Notice.

Contact details


Phone: 01252 622122

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Grant Funding Schemes

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy provides a useful list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 Frequently asked questions

Here you can find a full list of FAQs provided by Businesssupport.GOV.UK.

How to contact the Economic Development team

Please note that all grant enquiries regarding COVID-19 should go to: 01252 622122 / 


Phone: 01252 774046


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