Business grant application form

​On 01 May 2020 the Government announced the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund, designed to provide grant support to small businesses who were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund.

Who Can Apply?

The government has set out clear criteria on eligibility, and has asked Local Authorities to prioritise the following key business types:

  1. 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;
  2. Regular Market Traders who operate at least 2 days per week in Wakefield on a consistent basis and with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment
  3. Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates
  4. Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.
  5. Manufacturing  businesses affected by Covid-19
  6. Businesses that supply to, or are reliant on, the retail, leisure or hospitality sectors
  7. Childcare provider businesses

These grants are primarily and predominantly aimed at: 
  • Businesses with relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs
  • Businesses which can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis

Beneficiaries are expected to provide supporting evidence to demonstrate their property related costs and the impact of COVID-19 on income. This evidence will include:
  • A copy of the property rental / lease agreement
  • Copies of the last 12 months business bank statements and / or the last 12 months accounts. Please note, if you do not have the full 12 months, please provide all available up to the most recent period.
  • For Charities, your Rate Account Number
Beneficiaries must also meet either the definition of a small business or micro business as defined below:
To be a small business, under the Companies Act 2006, a business must satisfy two or more of the following requirements in a year—
  • Turnover: Not more than £10.2 million
  • Balance sheet total: Not more than 5.1 million
  • Number of employees: a headcount of staff of less than 50
To be a micro business, under the Companies Act 2006, a business must satisfy two or more of the following requirements—
  • Turnover: Not more than £632,000
  • Balance sheet total: Not more than £316,000
  • Number of employees: a headcount of staff of not more than 10

How much can I get?

Grants will be issued as follows;

Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief will receive a flat grant of £10000.

Regular Market Traders with fixed building costs will receive a flat grant of £2500.

Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax will receive a flat grant of £5000

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces will receive one of three grants.
    • Where the annual rental cost of the property is up to and including £3000 p.a, a flat grant of £2500 will be awarded.
    • Where the annual rental cost of the property is between £3001 and £15000 p.a, a flat grant of £5000 will be awarded.
    • Where the annual rental cost of the property £15001 and over p.a, a flat grant of £10000 will be awarded.
  • Manufacturing  businesses affected by Covid-19, Businesses that supply to, or are reliant on, the retail, leisure or hospitality sectors and Childcare provider businesses will receive one of three grants.
    • Where the annual rental cost of the property is up to and including £3000 p.a, a flat grant of £2500 will be awarded.
    • Where the annual rental cost of the property is between £3001 and £15000 p.a, a flat grant of £5000 will be awarded.
    • Where the annual rental cost of the property £15001 and over p.a, a flat grant of £10000 will be awarded.

Am I Eligible to Apply?

Before proceeding with the application, you must be able to answer yes to the following questions;

I am either a micro business or a small businesses as defined above

My business is one of the following:

  1. A Charity property in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief. Or:
  2. A Bed & Breakfast which pays Council Tax instead of business rates. Or:
  3. A Regular Market Trader with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment. Or;
  4. A Small business 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. Also included is businesses that rent a chair / desk / space that they physically occupy.  Or:

  5. A Manufacturing business affected by Covid-19.  Or;

    A Business that supplies to, or is reliant on, the retail, leisure or hospitality sectors.  Or:

    A Childcare provider business
  6. I was operating on 11 MARCH 2020

    I have selected the correct business type that reflects my status and the amount of rent I pay (where applicable)

    For shared / managed / flexible workspace businesses only – I have selected the correct business type that reflects my status and the amount of rent I pay.
    I have not, nor am I planning to access, any of the following COVID-19 government support schemes:

    • 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

    I am not an undertaking in difficulty

    I am not in administration, insolvent, or in the process of making a strike-off notice.

    My Business has suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis

    I can provide (up to and including) the last 12 months business bank statements and / or  (up to and including) the last 12 months accounts (these can be uploaded as multiple attachements) We can provide a template for you to complete should you not have bank statements / accounts to hand.
    I can provide a copy of my property rental / lease agreement (where applicable e.g a b and b would not necessarily have this so not expected) NB.  In the absence of a rental agreement, we need to see some evidence that there are ongoing property related costs being incurred – e.g a letter of confirmation from the landlord).

    If you have answered yes to all of the above, please proceed to the application page here.

    If you have answered no to any of the above, then you are not eligible to apply. Please contact our business support team on info@wakefieldfirst.com to discuss what other support you may be able to access.
What happens next?

Eligible businesses who apply for the grant will receive confirmation that we have received the application. Our team will review the application and supporting evidence and, where there is no requirement for additional evidence, notify you of the decision within 7 working days. Where the application is successful, payment will be made within 3 working days of the decision being made.


Please read all the information above before applying