Covid-19 Discretionary Grant Scheme for Businesses

Please note that applications for this scheme have now closed as of 5pm Friday 19 June. 


On Friday 1 May the Government announced a Discretionary Grant for certain small businesses not eligible for either of the previous business grants:

Small and micro businesses within the Wealden District are now able to submit their details to apply for a grant from the Discretionary ‘top-up’ Grant.

The Government have asked that we prioritise businesses with fixed property-related costs which can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • 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 with fixed building 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.

The Wealden Discretionary Business Grant Policy gives detailed information and definitions of the government priorities.

Before making an application, please ensure that you have read the criteria and definitions detailed within the scheme policy. Please also see the Government’s national exclusions below.

Note that businesses which occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent, or annual mortgage payments above £51,000 are not eligible for the Discretionary Grant Scheme. 

Applications for the Discretionary Grant Scheme will close at 5pm on Friday 19 June 2020. Applications received after this time will not be considered. 

Local discretion

In addition to the national fund priorities, the Council has decided that it will accept applications from local businesses who meet the criteria below. Although it should be noted that as the grant fund is limited, the Council will look to award funding to businesses who meet the national priorities first.

The Council has decided that the following businesses are a local priority:

Small / micro business: 

  • in the leisure, food and beverage supply chain
  • providing medical services
  • that are non-profit making organisations providing support to the vulnerable and disadvantaged groups and who have not received any other funding through SLA agreements with the local authority
  • providing Training Services
  • that are Agricultural

Applications from these businesses will only be reviewed, assessed and awarded if there is a surplus in funds after awarding grants to the national priorities.

National exclusions

There are certain businesses that the Government has excluded from being able to receive this grant because they are eligible for one of the following:

Further details of support to businesses can be found on our Grants and Support for Businesses page.