Council's Discretionary Grant Scheme Open

Bassetlaw businesses that have not yet been eligible to receive any form of Government Support Grants can now apply for a Discretionary Grant, administered by Bassetlaw District Council.

The Council has been tasked with distributing £1,177,500 from the Government’s Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund that will provide support to some small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The types of businesses that may apply include small businesses in shared offices, units in industrial parks, or other flexible workspaces, for example, nail bars in beauty salons or manufacturing businesses, and businesses that have relatively high ongoing property costs.

Other examples of eligible businesses include regular market traders, bed and breakfasts paying Council Tax instead of business rates or charity properties getting charitable business rates relief, which otherwise would have been eligible for small business rates relief or rural rate relief.

Cllr Jo White, Cabinet Member for Regeneration said: “We are aware that there are many small businesses in Bassetlaw who may have fallen through the cracks of other funding schemes and need this vital funding in order to keep their businesses afloat and provide for their families.”

“We encourage all businesses who have not yet been eligible for previous Government funding schemes to look closely at the Council’s Policy and submit an application form giving as much information as possible. Once the deadline has passed, each application will be assessed by a panel at the Council who will confirm their eligibility and what level of funding they may receive.”

Grants between £500 and £10,000 or £25,000 will be available, but eligible businesses are encouraged to act quickly as the deadline for the applications to the discretionary grant scheme is 30th June 2020.

Each application will be individually assessed after the closing date and any successful businesses will receive a grant payment shortly after the assessments have been completed and awards determined.

Applicants of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or the Self Employment Income Support Scheme remain eligible to apply for this scheme. However, due to the limited funding available under this scheme, the Council may prioritise businesses or individuals who have been ineligible for any other funding support.

Businesses that have already received cash grants or are able to do so from any existing central government Coronavirus-related scheme are ineligible for funding from the Discretionary Grants Fund. This includes but is not limited to the following schemes:

  • Small Business Grant Fund
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
  • The Fisheries Response Fund
  • Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme (DSSS).
  • The Zoos Support Fund
  • The Dairy Hardship Fund

More detailed information about eligibility for the Local Authority Discretionary Business Grant and the application form can be found in the Coronavirus - Help for Businesses section of our website.

Last Updated on Wednesday, August 12, 2020