On Saturday 2 May 2020, the Government announced that the local business grant funds scheme would receive a 5% top-up aimed at closing the support gap for businesses that don’t qualify for the existing business rates relief.
This funding is aimed primarily at small (less than 50 employees) businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs.
The Government has asked local authorities to prioritise:
- Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible spaces
- Regular market traders who do not have their own business rate assessment
- Bed and breakfasts [who pay council tax]
- Charity properties [who get charitable relief and who would otherwise get SBRR]
See the below criteria for applications:
(a) business must have ongoing fixed building related costs
(b) must have fewer than 50 employees
(c) can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income
(d) were trading before 11th March and are not eligible for self-employed income support scheme.
The maximum grant is £25,000, alongside £10,000 grants and local authority discretion to make payments of any amount under £10,000.
We are currently waiting for guidance from the government on how these further grants should be administered but in the meantime complete the application if you wish to be considered for an award.
Apply for the discretionary grant here
Recipients must be able to demonstrate that they have seen a significant drop in income due to coronavirus restriction measures. Businesses eligible for current grant schemes will not be eligible for this new one.
Please note you will not be eligible for a Discretionary business support grant if you have already received a business support grant since March 2020.
If eligible, your payment will be processed within 7 working days of the full guidance being published.
Discretionary business grant scheme declaration from Barnsley Council.
Any information you give to us will be held securely and in accordance with the rules on data protection. We will treat personal details as private and confidential and safeguard them. We will not disclose them to anyone unconnected with the Council unless you have consented to their release, or in certain circumstances where: we are legally obliged to, disclosure is necessary for the proper discharge of our statutory functions, disclosure is necessary to enable us to provide you with a requested service or deal with your enquiry, we are under a duty to protect public funds.
We may use the information you have provided for the prevention and detection of fraud. We may also share this information with other bodies responsible for public funds or for auditing them for these purposes
Checks will be undertaken to protect the Council against fraudulent activity. The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to clawback.