Local Authority Small Business Discretionary Grant

Grants of up to £10,000 will be delivered by Buckinghamshire Council to small and micro businesses that need help with ongoing fixed building-related costs such as rent, utilities and broadband.

The Local Authority Discretionary Fund Second Round is now live, and will be closed at midnight on Sunday 16th August.

Prospective applicants are strongly advised to apply early in order to maximise their chance of success. Applications will be assessed in strict order of receipt against the criteria and decisions will be made on a rolling basis until the budget allocation is committed.

Due to the anticipated very high demand for these grants, please be aware that we are unable to respond to individual enquiries about the grants, including the progress of individual applications. Once we have further information, we will be in contact with you. After submitting your application, there is nothing else you will need to do in the meantime.

Businesses applying will need to meet all the following criteria:

  • Businesses that occupy property, with a rateable value, if there is one, or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000
  • Businesses that can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis
  • Businesses with fewer than 50 employees, turnover of not more than £10.2 million, and a balance sheet of not more than £5.1 million
  • Businesses that were trading on or before 11th March 2020

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans (CBILS) and Bounce Back Loans are not counted as cash grants and so those that have received loans through CBILS or the Bounce Back Loan scheme may still be eligible. Businesses that have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme are eligible to apply.

Who is not eligible? 

Businesses that have received cash grants from any central government COVID-19-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 
  • The Fisheries Response Fund 
  • Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme (DSSS)
  • The Zoos Support Fund 
  • The Dairy Hardship Fund 

What can the grants be used for?

This fund is to help businesses with ongoing fixed building-related costs. Your grant claim could also include costs such as rent, utilities (water, heat and light) and broadband provision, but will not cover costs such as cleaners or IT equipment hire.

In order to support your claim, you will need to provide evidence of these costs. Examples of proof include:

  • a signed Lease Agreement
  • a signed Licence Agreement
  • a signed Rental Agreement
  • a signed Mortgage Agreement 
  • recent utility bills
  • recent broadband bills

The fund will pay out up to £10,000 to cover a maximum period of six months. If your claim is higher than £10,000 for a six-month period, the grant will cover some, but not all, of your costs.

For example, if your rent is £2,000/month, the grant would cover five of the six months. If your rent is less than £1,666 a month, the grant will cover six months of your rental costs.

Will my grant be taxed?

Yes, the grant will be subject to tax. However, businesses that make a loss this financial year will pay no tax on grants. Only profitable businesses will be taxed.

In addition, you will need to agree that any grant made will be subject to State Aid rules and that you comply.

How do I apply?

Please complete this quick online form to access the Terms and Conditions and Application Form.

Please note: Due to the anticipated very high demand for these grants, please be aware that we are unable to respond to individual enquiries about the grants, including the progress of individual applications. Once we have further information, we will be in contact with you. After submitting your application, there is nothing else you willl need to do in the meantime.

More information about this and other government support

Read more information about the Local Authority Small Business Discretionary Grant.

Find out what financial support schemes you may be eligible for with the government’s support finder tool.

Read more information on the Self-employment Income Support Scheme.

Visit the Buckinghamshire Business First COVID-19 business support hub for the latest support and information for businesses affected by COVID-19.