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Kirklees Council Offer New Discretionary Grant for Small Businesses

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Posted on: June 5th, 2020 by Austen | | Categories: Uncategorised

Kirklees Council Offer New Discretionary Grant for Small Businesses

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The Government has made limited additional funding available to allow the Council to further support small businesses affected by COVID-19. This money is in addition to the Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund.

The new Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund has been launched to help small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs that are not eligible for the other grant schemes.

Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund for small businesses

The new Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund has been launched to help small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs that are not eligible for other Government grant schemes, including the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund. These other grant schemes are still open and eligible businesses can apply for them below.

Before proceeding with your application, you should read the accompanying detailed guidance note carefully:  Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund guidance.

Who can apply?

The government has set out clear criteria on eligibility. In accordance with this guidance, this fund is available to the following types of businesses in Kirklees:

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces which do not have their own business rates assessment;
  • Regular market traders with fixed property costs, such as rent, 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.

In addition businesses must:

  • Be a small or micro business
  • Have relatively high, ongoing fixed property-related costs
  • Be able to demonstrate they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis
  • Have been trading on 11th March 2020
  • Occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000

Applicants will need to provide supporting evidence to demonstrate their property related costs and the impact of COVID-19 on income. Full details of evidence the council will need to see is in the accompanying guidance note:  Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund guidance.

Exclusions

Government has also set out the following exclusions:

Businesses which are eligible for existing Government COVID-19 related grant schemes are not eligible for this scheme. 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

Businesses who have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) or the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme are eligible to apply for this scheme.

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 Council has also identified the following additional exclusions that will apply to the Kirklees scheme. You are not eligible if you are:

  • a market trader operating on the basis of a ‘daily license’
  • a provider of private-rented housing or self-catered accommodation that is not a registered company and/or does not provide a catered bed or breakfast service to their clients.

How much you can receive

Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces which do not have their own business rates assessment will receive up to 6 month’s actual/forecast property costs, capped at £10,000 per applicant.

Regular market traders with fixed property costs, that do not have their own business rates assessment will receive up to 6 month’s actual/forecast property costs, capped at £2,500 per applicant.

Bed and breakfasts which pay council tax instead of business rates will receive up to 6 months actual/forecast property costs, capped at £3,000 per applicant.

Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief will receive up to 6 months actual/forecast property costs, capped at £10,000 per applicant.

Only one grant per eligible business will be made.

Applications are now open. The application process will close at midnight on Monday 22nd June.

Click here to apply now: https://my.kirklees.gov.uk/en/service/Business_and_economy___Apply_for_the_Local_Authority_Small_Business_Discretionary_Grant_Fund

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