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Business help and support during Coronavirus

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1. Apply for Discretionary Business Grant

The new discretionary grant scheme for businesses who were not eligible to apply for the previous Business Support Grants are now available. 


Please carefully read the following policy document before starting your application:

Any remaining questions you have may be answered in the following:


This grant funding is for businesses that are not eligible for other support schemes. Businesses which have received cash grants from any central government COVID-19 related scheme are ineligible for funding from the discretionary grants fund. Such grant schemes include:

  • Business Support Grants 
  • The Fisheries Response Fund
  • Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme (DSSS)
  • The Zoos Support Fund
  • The Dairy Hardship Fund

Businesses who have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are eligible to apply for this scheme.

Businesses who are eligible for the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) are eligible to apply for this scheme as well.

Only businesses which were trading on or prior to 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

Making an application

Before you start you will need to bring together various details and evidence. We strongly recommend you go through our checklist to make sure you have everything to hand before you start your application.

Scheme Closure

Please be aware that although the third tranche closed on 17 July 2020, the scheme currently remains open.

We will be awarding grants to eligible applicants on a first come first serve basis until we close the scheme to new applicants at 4pm on Friday 14 August 2020.

More information about the scheme's closure can be found in our frequently asked questions.

Start the journey


More info about the journey

We strongly recommend you go through our checklist to make sure you have everything to hand before you start your application.

We aim to process your application as quickly as possible. We are expecting a high volume of applications, so please bear with us while we process these quickly, safely and accurately.

If we have any questions over the information you have provided we will contact you directly.

If you are eligible to receive a grant award the payment will be made as we are able to by BACS transfer to the account details you have provided.

We have to receive an online application to be able to verify entitlement and make payments.

If you are unable to complete the form please contact 01626 361 101 and we will do our best to assist you.

The phone lines are open Mon - Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.