Canterbury discretionary business grants
From Monday 1 June, we will be accepting applications for discretionary business grants, intended to support businesses affected by COVID-19.
The grants are funded by central government and the scheme will be administered in accordance with the guidance issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on Wednesday 13 May 2020.
The scheme is designed to help businesses that were ineligible for the earlier business grants scheme. It is intended to support those with fixed property-related costs and who have experienced a significant drop in income due to COVID-19. Applications from eligible businesses will be scored using these two criteria to assess the level of grant given.
In order to apply for the scheme, your business will need to fit the eligibility criteria listed further down, and be one of the following types of business:
- Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces
- Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment
- Bed and Breakfasts which pay council tax instead of business rates
- Charity property in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for small business rates relief or rural rate relief.
We will prioritise applications from these businesses, as stipulated in the BEIS guidance.
It is likely that we will exhaust the funding pot with Priority 1 businesses. However, if there is funding remaining we will consider applications from the following businesses who we understand have been particularly affected in our district.
In order to distribute grants as swiftly as possible we are asking all applications to be submitted now, despite the low likelihood of us reaching Priority 2 businesses.
- Businesses that missed out on the original grant scheme either because the VOA rounded their rateable value above a threshold, or because there was a relevant (and proven) rates liability dispute with the landlord in the three months prior to the scheme launch which had not been notified to the VOA.
- Events industry
- Language schools
- Businesses that form part of the supply chain for the leisure, retail and hospitality sector
- Professional services sector, for example, architects, accountants, solicitors and so on
- Cultural and creative sectors
If there is still funding available having considered all applications from priority groups 1 and 2 then we will consider applications from other businesses.
This grant funding is for businesses that are not eligible for other government funded support schemes, with the exception of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-employment Income Support Scheme.
That means that businesses eligible for the:
- Small Business Grant Fund
- Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
- Fisheries Response Fund
- Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme (DSSS)
- Zoos Support Fund or the
- Dairy Hardship Fund
are not eligible for this grant. If your business is eligible for other government funded support but you have chosen not to use that support, you will not be considered for this scheme.
Businesses which have received cash grants from any central government COVID-related scheme are ineligible.
To be eligible for the grant scheme your business must fall into all of the following categories:
- those with ongoing fixed building-related costs
- those which can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis
- those with fewer than 50 employees
- those that were trading on 11 March 2020
- those which occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000
The highest grant available will be £10,000. We are capping grants to this level in order to help as many businesses as possible.
We will allocate grants according to how many eligible applications we receive and the extent to which each business has been impacted by COVID-19.
Grants will be issued for values between £2,000 and £10,000, depending on the level of fixed building-related costs and loss of income of each business.
Online applications, including all supporting evidence, must be submitted by 11.59pm on Monday 15 June.
It will take up to 10 working days to process applications and then a further five working days for the funds to be transferred to the business bank account.
Unsuccessful applicants will be notified in writing.
Any appeal against the decision to award or not to award relief must be made within seven days of notification of the decision by email. Appeals will be considered by the Director of Finance and Procurement.