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2020 - June, Latest news

Coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Fund

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to dominate our daily lives and the Government has recently announced the Local Authority Discretionary Grants fund due to the growing impact on business and the self employed.

This new Government grant fund has been launched to help many of the small businesses who didn’t qualify for financial support under the other Government Covid-19 business grant schemes.

The Government announced a top up grant for certain small and micro businesses who were not eligible for previous grants, which have relatively high ongoing, fixed property-related costs, and can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the Covid-19 crisis.

You can apply for this grant funding if your business is not eligible for other COVID-19 support grants.

What you get:

You can get a grant of £25,000, £10,000 or any amount under £10,000 and applications should be made before 22 June where possible.


You’re potentially eligible if your business:

  • is based in England
  • has fewer than 50 employees
  • has fixed building costs such as rent
  • was trading on 11 March 2020
  • has been adversely impacted by the coronavirus


Local councils have discretion about how to prioritise this funding. Full details of how each council is advertising the scheme are on their websites.

Find your local authority here

You cannot apply if your business is in administration, insolvent or has received a striking-off notice.

You cannot apply if you’re already claiming under another government grant scheme.

You’re still eligible if you’ve applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme.

Businesses that apply for the discretionary grants scheme can still apply for coronavirus-related loans if they’re eligible.

For further information visit the Government website here

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