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Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund

In response to COVID-19, the Government has announced that it will be providing a further grant fund (Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund) for small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the outbreak of the virus. Tamworth Borough Council is keen to support as many businesses as possible through the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund Scheme. The grant fund will enable businesses to retain employment and provide support to get through this challenging period.

The grant funds are predominantly aimed at:

  • Small and micro businesses with the exception of homeworkers.
  • Businesses with relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs.
  • Businesses that can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Businesses that occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000.

Following the Government guidance released on 13 May 2020, Tamworth Borough Council will be prioritising the following types of businesses for a grant from within this funding: 

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces. (Examples could include units in industrial parks, science parks and incubators, which do not have their own business rates assessment). 
  • Regular market traders who do not have their own business rates assessment. 
  • Bed and breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates. 
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief, which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.

Once the applications from businesses in the above categories have been assessed for the grant, and should there be funding available applications from other business types may be considered. 

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-related scheme are ineligible for funding from the Discretionary Grants Fund. Such grant schemes include but are not limited to: 

  • Small Business Grant Fund 
  •  Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

However, businesses who have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or the Self Employed Income Support Scheme are eligible to apply for this grant funding. Companies that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

The eligibility criteria for this grant fund have been set by Central Government and is shown in the guidance. Please refer to Section 1 of the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund form for further details.

For your application to be considered you need to:

  1. Complete and Submit Section 1 of the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund form. Please follow the link.
  2. Complete and Submit Section 2 of the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund form. Please follow the link.
  3. Send an email to disc-grant@tamworth.gov.uk quoting your business name in the email title and giving the following details: Bank Sort Code; Bank Account number; Bank Name; Bank Address; Names on the Bank Account
  4. Attach evidence to your email showing loss of Income: bank statements for March, April and May 2019 and 2020 and your latest set of accounts.You must attach these documents to your application email to evidence, failure to do so will result in your application not being considered. Additional evidence can also include physical business closure, any loss of regular business income, reduced sales/activity volumes supported by evidence that the gross amount earned less expenses incurred for the COVID-19 period represent a significant fall in net income.

Applications will be accepted between Friday 12 June 2020 – Friday 3 July 2020 only. Decisions will be advised on or before Friday 24 July 2020. The scheme ends when the grant funding has been exhausted. Only applications that are fully completed will be considered, which includes providing all of the information requested and supplying relevant evidence. The Discretionary grants from this funding will be capped up to a maximum of £5,000 per application, however the level of grant fund paid will depend on the number of applications received compared to the funding available and will be a Council decision. The grant from this fund does not need to be repaid and it is ONE grant per business and not per property.

The Council will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back. There are no further appeal rights for the grant from this fund, the Council's decision will be final.  

State Aid Law
Under the EU Commission Covid-19 Temporary Framework (other conditions also apply) you can only receive up to €800,000 Aid (around GBP 734 000). E.g. State Aid threshold includes grants or financial assistance provided by local authorities or central government. This may be particularly relevant to those premises that are part of a large chain, where the cumulative total of grant funding received could exceed these thresholds.
Further information regarding State Aid law can be found herePlease download and read our state aid guidelines by clicking the button below... You willbe asked on your application to confirm that the aid requested does not exceed €800,000 (around GBP 734 000) per organisation*:

How We Will Use Your Information
We will use your information to assess your application for financial support. If you provide false or inaccurate information, we take action to recover any monies paid out through false or inaccurate information. If you would like full details on how we use your information, please see our privacy notice page.

Link to Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund FAQ page