Discretionary Grant Funding

Phase 2 of funding has now closed. 

This grant fund is aimed at supporting small businesses who have been impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, are struggling to survive, and who are not eligible for existing government support schemes such as the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund

Through the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund (LADGF) we can dispense grants to the value of £25,000, £10,000 or any amount below £10,000, at our discretion. 

As of 20 July 2020, the second funding round takes the Council’s discretionary grants support to £1.25 million – more than half has already been awarded to small businesses, including local charities.

Funding phase 1

The 1st phase of funding applications closed on 23 June 2020. 

During phase 1 the following business types could apply for funding:

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible commercial workspaces. Examples could include units in industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment.
  • Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment.
  • Bed & 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.
  • Any business not included in the above which forms part of the supply chain for the retail, hospitality and leisure industry and can demonstrate they have lost around 75% of their income as a result of COVID-19, for example, a comparison to income in the same period last year.

Funding phase 2

From Monday 20 July to Monday 3 August, community-led sports centres and independent pubs in South Cambridgeshire were eligible for £10,000 in non-repayable grants from us, to help them and their local communities recover from lockdown.

We expanded our Discretionary Grant Funding to enable more small businesses to benefit from remaining funds of over £500,000 and help sports centres deliver services that nurture the wellbeing of local communities after they reopen their doors from Saturday 25 July. We are also keen to support local independent pubs in welcoming back customers and securing jobs for their staff.

Eligible businesses include:

  • Sports centres that provide sporting facilities wholly or mainly to the general public, with a rateable value of more than £51,000
  • Independent pubs with a rateable value of more than £51,000 that are not owned as part of a chain or group

A further £5,000 was available to those small businesses in shared offices or flexible workspaces that were awarded £2,500 in the scheme’s first funding round. You would have been contacted directly is this applied to you. 

Eligibility criteria

  1. The Business has a rateable value or rent or mortgage of less than £51,000 (phase 1 only)
  2. Independent public houses, with a rateable value of more than £51K (phase 2 only)
  3. Sports centres that provide sporting facilities wholly and mainly to the general public with a rateable value greater than £51K (phase 2 only)
  4. The business’ turnover is not more than £10.2m
  5. The business has a balance sheet total of no more than £5.1m
  6. The business has fewer than 50 employees
  7. The business is ineligible for other current schemes, such as Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grant or the Small Business Grants (with the exception of support given under the Self Employed Income Support Scheme. Businesses who have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are also eligible to apply for this scheme)
  8. Must have been trading as of 11 March 2020 (any company in administration or insolvency is excluded)
  9. Must have relatively high ongoing fixed property related costs (in proportion to turnover)
  10. Must be able to demonstrate a significant fall in income (around 75%)
  11. The business must not be a wholly owned subsidiaries of another company or parts of a recognised group of companies in common ownership that would not qualify as a small business.
  12. Charities must have a rateable value of less than £15k
  13. Market Traders and B&Bs must be registered with South Cambridgeshire District Council Environmental Health Service, and be trading as such on 11 March 2020
  14. Small business in shared offices or other flexible workspaces must have a minimum rent of £250 per month
  15. Market traders must have a regular physical base (that is, not mobile units) with fixed building costs (for example, rent without an NNDR assessment)
  16. Charities must pay business rates to South Cambridgeshire District Council and would have met criteria to receive Small Business Rate Relief if they were an equivalent sized business
  17. Any business not falling within one of the 4 government priority business headings (that is: a small business operating from shared space, B&B, market trader or charity) must form part of the supply chain for Retail, Hospitality & Leisure

Payments

The Council will make one fixed payment per business that meets the criteria within each of the 4 categories as follows (businesses with multiple premises will only qualify for 1 payment).

The level of payment for each type of business has been based on likely fixed costs and business seasonality (for example, B&B), as set out below:

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Category

Payment per business

Small business in shared offices or other flexible workspaces with a minimum rent of £250 per month

£7,500

Regular market traders who are based in the same physical location (i.e. not mobile units) with fixed building costs (e.g. rent without an NNDR assessment), and who are registered with South Cambridgeshire District Council Environmental Health / Licencing Service

£2,500

B&Bs that pay Council Tax and are registered as B&Bs with South Cambridgeshire District Council Environmental Health Service

£2,500

Charities that pay business rates to South Cambridgeshire District council and would meet criteria to receive Small Business Rate Relief if they were an equivalent sized business

£10,000

Any business not included in the above*, but who form part of the supply chain** for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure industry, and who can demonstrate that they have lost around 75% of their annual income as a result of COVID-19.

*Any business that qualifies under one of the above categories will not be considered within this category.

**Businesses whose principal business is the supply goods, services or capital equipment to business customers that operate in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector.

Up to £10,000 (depending on scale of loss and property costs)

Independent public houses* (those not owned as part of a chain or group), with a rateable value of more than £51K (i.e. those not eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant fund)

*Eligible public houses should be open to the general public; allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided; allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed; and permit drinks to be purchased at a bar. For these purposes, the term ‘public houses’ excludes restaurants, cages, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos.

£10,000

Sports centres that provide sporting facilities wholly and mainly to the general public with a rateable value greater than £51K

£10,000

Closing date for phase 2 applications

Monday 3 August 2020 at midnight.

Applications will be dealt with as soon as possible, bearing in mind we are expecting a high volume of applications. 

Policy

Please read our Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund Policy for full details. 

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