Support for businesses - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Discretionary business grant fund

The government is providing financial support for small and micro businesses that were not eligible for assistance in the small business grant fund or the retail, leisure and hospitality grant fund. This additional support is via a local authority discretionary business grants fund.

These grants are predominantly aimed at:

  • Small and micro businesses with the exception of homeworkers.
  • Businesses with relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs.
  • Businesses that can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Businesses that occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000.

Lichfield District Council will consider the following types of businesses for grants in line with national guidance;

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces.
  • Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent.
  • Bed & breakfasts that pay council tax instead of business rates (‘Airbnb’ businesses are excluded from applying for this grant).
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for small business rates relief or rural rate relief.

Businesses that are eligible for the grant will receive £5,000.

Applying for a grant

To apply for the grant you will need to complete our online application form, satisfy the eligibility criteria and fall into one of the type of businesses listed above.

All complete applications will be dealt with in date order and the scheme ends when the funding has been exhausted.

Only applications that are fully completed will be considered, which includes providing all of the information requested and supplying relevant evidence.

You will need your company registration number (if applicable), self-assessment unique taxpayer reference, and business rate account number (if applicable) to hand to complete the form. 

In addition, you will also need to provide us with three months' business bank statements for the period 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020 and 1 March 2019 to 31 May 2019. The 2020 statements must be able to confirm the figures that you put on the form for your income and expenditure, especially in connection with your property related costs. If your bank statements do not confirm this, you should provide an alternative document, for example a rental agreement or utility bill, to support your application.

Further guidance

Read government guidance.

Further information and advice

If you have any questions or need further advice on this fund, please contact email us.