Discretionary grant accepting applications until 5pm on 17 July

15 Jul 2020

The discretionary fund is for charities and small or micro businesses who were not previously eligible for the business grant scheme set up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund is accepting applications until 5pm on Friday 17 July 2020.

This discretionary fund is to support the following:

  • Charities and community organisations who receive mandatory charitable business rates relief that otherwise would have been eligible for small business rates relief, or rural rate relief AND are not eligible under the existing grant schemes
  • Small and micro businesses directly impacted by COVID-19 who also:
    • Have relatively high ongoing fixed building-related costs such as rent, service charges and Council Tax

Eligible business criteria

If your business meets all of the following criteria, you could be eligible for the discretionary funding:

  • Your business is in Bath and North East Somerset
  • Your business is not entitled to a grant under the original business support grant scheme
  • Your business has ongoing fixed building-related costs (for example, rent, service charges and Council Tax)
  • Your business can demonstrate that it has suffered a significant fall in income(including online activity) due to the COVID-19 crisis
  • Your business has 49 or less employees (a person who has received remuneration via your payroll system in the last six months - up to March 11 2020 - and who has a contract of employment)
  • Your business was trading (active in buying or selling goods or services) on 11 March 2020 (this excludes activities undertaken for the purposes of acquiring or setting up a proposed new trade)
  • Your business occupies property, or part of a property, and you were in occupation on or before 11 March 2020

Only one application is permitted per business or charity within the West of England region (Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire areas).


Please register here: https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/register-discretionary-fund