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Local Discretionary Grant Fund

The Government have provided  funding to help support some of the businesses and charities that did not qualify under the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund. The total sum available to be distributed is £1,517,250

Government have requested that we prioritise certain types of businesses and charities from this fund, and have set out guidance under which there are some criteria that a local scheme must comply with.  However, local councils are also able to support businesses that are important to the local economy and are able to set their own criteria for these.  Subject to the criteria your business may be eligible for support.

This scheme is now closed to new applications. We will keep this under review and may reopen the scheme if funds become available to do so.

To provide support to those cases where the Government have asked us to prioritise applications, and to target support to particular sectors/circumstances where some businesses have missed out on financial support so far.

Category

Areas of support for businesses/charities

Banding (where applicable)

Available grant amount(s)

Group A

Small businesses in shared spaces

 

£5,000

Group B

Bed and Breakfast businesses

(must be applicants primary or main residence)

1-2 bed spaces

3-4 bed spaces

4+ bed spaces              

£1,000

£1,500

£2,000

Group C

Charity properties

(in receipt of Mandatory Charitable Rate Relief that would otherwise qualify for Small Business rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief)

Does not include schools and housing associations.

Rateable value

Up to £4k

£4 - £8k

£8k - £12k

£12k - £15k

 

£2,500

£5,000

£7,500

£10,000

Group D

Regular market traders 

(will also include concessions such as independent traders with ‘stalls’ within larger generally retail settings, excludes car boot sales/other fairs etc).

£1,000 per day trading on a recognised market in Broadland or South Norfolk

 

Concessions £1,000 per day

maximum of £5,000 per authority

maximum of £5,000

Group E

Retail, Leisure or Hospitality premises (receiving corresponding rate discount) with rateable value between £51,000 and £70,000

 

£10,000

Group F

Childcare Nurseries with own premises up to £51,000 rateable value eligible for Business Rates Nursery Discount

Rateable value

Up to £4k

£4 - £8k

£8k - £12k

More than £12k

 

£2,500

£5,000

£7,500

£10,000

Group G

Small businesses or Retail/Leisure/Hospitality businesses already trading but taking on rated premises between 11 and 23 March 2020.

Consideration will be given to those businesses that were not separately rated at 11/03/20 and where a decision is made to award a grant in these circumstances it would be for £2,500 only.

Rateable value

Up to £4k

£4 - £8k

£8k - £12k

More than £12k

 

£2,500

£5,000

£7,500

£10,000

Group H

Businesses in Retail, Leisure and Hospitality sectors or mainly reliant on businesses in those sectors for majority of income (for example wholesalers, events companies, coach and travel firms)

Rateable value

Up to £4k

£4 - £8k

£8k - £12k

More than £12k

 

£2,500

£5,000

£7,500

£10,000

Group I

Specified Healthcare related businesses not included in Retail, Leisure & Hospitality – limited to: chiropractors, osteopaths and chiropodists

Does not include doctors, dentists and vets.

Rateable value

Up to £4k

£4 - £8k

£8k - £12k

More than £12k

 

£2,500

£5,000

£7,500

£10,000

Group J Businesses operating in the Manufacturing sector, that have suffered large losses or those that have incurred costs associated with switching production to PPE, and which are significant to the local economy.  

Up to £10,000

Group K Businesses operating in the Construction sector that have suffered large losses, and which are significant to the local economy.  

Up to £10,000

Group L Businesses operating in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services sector that have suffered large losses, and which are significant to the local economy.   Up to £10,000

In all cases the following criteria shall apply:

Government specified:

  • Businesses which have received, or are eligible for, cash grants from any central government Covid-19 related scheme are ineligible for funding from the Discretionary Grants Fund. Businesses which have received funding via the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme or Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme can receive grants under the Discretionary Grants Fund.
  • Only businesses which were trading on 11 March 2020 are eligible for this scheme.
  • Companies that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
  • State Aid - all grants made under this scheme must be state aid compliant.

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. Under this local scheme all of the following additional local criteria shall operate in all cases:

  • The business must be occupying and trading from the premises in the South Norfolk area in respect of which they are applying for the grant. No grant will be awarded in respect of non-domestic property or the non-domestic part of a property which is unoccupied.
  • Grants will be paid to occupying businesses/charities and not to landlords/property owners.
  • The business must be live and have been actively trading from that property on 11 March 2020 (or within the date range in Group G where applicable). In the case of a charity it must have been actively using that property on 11 March 2020.
  • The business/charity/trader must be able to demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis
  • Businesses must have and be able to demonstrate ongoing property-related costs
  • In the case of a business it shall be a small or micro businesses, as defined in Section 33 Part 2 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 and the Companies Act 2006
  • The business or charity shall employ less than 50 people

We will not automatically agree to payment of grant for shared spaces where a subsidiary company occupies part of the premises where a parent company or another part of the group is liable for payment of the business rates, or where a business proprietor operates more than one business on the same site. We will though look at any such application on a case by case basis.

Payment of the grant under this scheme is entirely at the discretion of the Council, and we reserve the right to refuse, pay or query any application or grant. There shall be no right of appeal against a decision of the Council to pay, or not to pay, a grant from the Local Discretionary Fund.

Grant payments will only be made by bank transfer to a validated bank account. Payments will not be made unless a bank statement is provided as evidence of sort code, account number and account name.

It is anticipated that this grant scheme will receive a high level of applications.

The Council's intention is for this scheme to be delivered in an efficient and fair manner. As such the scheme has an application period, rather than being available simply on a 'first come first served' basis.

Grant income received by a business is taxable therefore funding paid under this grant scheme will be subject to tax. However, only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

Grants will be determined within 10 working days of the closing date.

The level of funding that the Council has available to allocate in grants is fixed at £1,517,250. The total of grants allocated from the fund will be limited to the funding available.

Process:

The scheme will be administered via an online application process.

Applicants for the grant will need to check their eligibility against the criteria detailed above and submission of an application does not guarantee a grant award.

Evidence will be required to support the application and demonstrate eligibility including a reduction in income due to the impact of Coronavirus. Please refer to the first page of the webform and get together the supporting evidence required before proceeding with the application form. Partially completed information will only be retained for one hour from the time of commencement of input to the form.

The Council and the Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business caught falsifying their application and records to gain grant funds will face prosecution and any funding issued (including any grants paid in error) will be subject to claw back. Applicants will be asked to complete a declaration as part of the application process.

Enquiries about the scheme can be emailed to businesssupport@s-norfolk.gov.uk or call 0300 790 6290