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Local Authority Discretionary Grant Scheme for businesses - applications closed

Allerdale businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak were able to apply for funding under the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund. The fund was available in addition to the Government’s other business support grant programmes, the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) and the Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF).

Applications are closed. This guidance page has been left available for applicants who have been contacted in relation to their supporting evidence.

How much is available

We have government funding of £1.995m in total to provide to local businesses.

Who is eligible?

Eligible businesses must:

  • have been trading on the 11 March 2020 
  • be paying at least £2,400 total property costs for a calendar year for their business premises to qualify to apply for a grant. Annual property cost will include, rent, mortgage payments, or rates. 
  • have not have been eligible or received a grant from the existing Covid grant schemes or other support schemes (excluding the Self-employed Income Support Scheme).    

In addition to the eligibility criteria, the Government outlined that the grants were primarily and predominantly aimed at the following businesses:   

  • Small or micro businesses
  • Businesses with relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs.  
  • Businesses which can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis.  
  • Businesses which occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000(where a rateable value exists this will be the figure used).  

Download the policy document

Download the Discretionary Grant FAQs

How much will I receive?

We are graduating payments according to need and the size of the business. See the policy document for more information. This will take into account:

  • Annual property costs 
  • Number of employees at 11 March 2020
  • Loss of income 

How to apply

Before making an application ensure you have:

  • Read the policy document to check you are eligible
  • Collated the necessary information to support your application 

The deadline for applications expired at 5pm on 15 June 2020. The application form is no longer available.

Key documents

You will need to upload some documents in support of your application. Full details are in the policy document. These include:

  • Evidence of your ongoing lease or mortgage agreement, or your NNDR number - just provide the relevant pages showing that the agreement is currently in use and the annual cost.
  • Evidence of a drop in income - ideally through a letter from your accountant
  • Evidence of trading on 11 March 2020
  • Evidence of staffing numbers if you are a small or micro business - such as payroll details or confirmation from your accountant 
  • Confirmation of your bank details - such as a recent bank statement confirming name, address and bank account sort code and number (do redact any unnecessary information for your privacy)