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Discretionary Grant Fund

In May 2020 the Government announced the introduction of the Discretionary Grant Fund to support small and micro businesses that are not eligible for other grant schemes.

Whereas other grant funding such as the Small Business Grant Funding (SBFG) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Funding (RHLGF) eligibility has been determined by the Rates Relief Scheme, the Discretionary Grant Fund looks to support small businesses with fixed property related costs, including businesses in shared spaces, regular market traders, small charity properties that would meet the criteria for Small Business Rates Relief, and bed and breakfasts that pay council tax rather than business rates.  Grants are not required to be repaid, however businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.


Businesses are eligible if they satisfy the following criteria:

  • is based in England
  • has fewer than 50 employees
  • has fixed building costs such as rent, in excess of £1,500 per year
  • was trading on 11 March 2020
  • has been adversely impacted by the coronavirus

Additionally, small businesses must meet two of the following criteria:

  • Turnover of less than £10.2m
  • A balance sheet total of below £5.1m,
  • Less than 50 staff;

and microbusinesses must meet any two of the following criteria:

  • Turnover of less than £632,000
  • A balance sheet total of below £316,000
  • Less than 10 staff

Businesses who have furloughed staff under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, or are receiving funding via the Self Employment Income Support Scheme may still be eligible for support, however businesses who are already receiving funding from any other government grant scheme (e.g. the RHLGF and SBGF mentioned above) are not eligible for support under the Discretionary Grant Funding scheme.

Funding Available

Businesses can apply for a grant of £25,000, £10,000 or any other amount under £10,000.

How to apply:

Applications should be made to your local authority for the grant funding. Local councils have discretion to prioritise certain organisations in line with government guidance. Each council will also allocate funding based on certain criteria which is detailed on their website.

Links to apply:

We’ve listed below the four main local authorities in the nearby regions.  Decisions look to be made following the application closing date:

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Applications received via the above link and the deadline for applications is today, 1 June.
Visit the Cheshire West and Chester Council website.

Liverpool City Council

Liverpool are not yet accepting applications, but businesses can register their interest via the link below  if they believe themselves to be eligible, with the Council then contacting interested parties once the formal application process is open.
Visit the Liverpool City Council website.

Manchester City Council

Online applications are open via the link below for two weeks only from Wednesday 27 May until 10pm on 10 June.  To ensure that the council can support as many businesses as possible, grant payments will normally be limited to a maximum of £5,000 per applicant and will be prioritised depending on category Further information is available on the Council website.
Visit the Manchester City Council website.

Halton Borough Council

Applications are open from today, 1 June until 30 June 2020:
Visit Halton Borough Council website.

The full government guidance is available here.

For any COVID-19 accountancy queries please do contact your engagement partner.

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