A discretionary fund has been allocated to assist certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grants funds scheme.

The scheme will be open until Friday 31 July 2020, however due to the limited funding available it is likely to close sooner, once the grant funding has all been allocated and distributed.

A number of the applications that we are receiving are being rejected because they do not contain the specified supporting documents required. Outlined on the eligibility page is the list of documents that your application will need, in order to be processed. Please also ensure that the bank statement you provide shows proof that the business was trading on 11 March 2020, and double check that your applications has all of the required documents.

To start the application process please follow the instructions below.

To apply for a grant from this scheme, you will need to login to your My.Huntingdonshire account; you can set up an account here. If you do need to set up a My.Huntingdonshire account, please verify the account by clicking the link sent to your email address – to ensure that it goes live. 

It is essential that you check the list of eligibility questions below before proceeding. If you believe that your business/organisation may be eligible for a Discretionary Business Grant, and you have all the documentation required (in electronic format), and information to make an application.

If you would like to learn whether your business / organisation may be eligible for a Discretionary Business Grant, please continue reading.

Background to the Scheme

In response to the Covid-19 induced lockdown, the government has set up several schemes to help ease the financial impact on businesses.  These schemes include the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF), the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF) and the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme.  In May, the Small Business Discretionary Grant scheme was announced.  This scheme is intended to help small and micro businesses which have not been eligible to claim on any of the previously announced schemes apart from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (staff furlough) and the Self-employed Income Support Scheme.

For full details of all the schemes the government is running to support businesses during the Covid-19 related lockdown, please visit the GOV.UK Information page.

To check whether your business may be eligible to apply for a discretionary grant under the scheme being run by HDC, please answer the following questions:

Is your business / organisation eligible to make a claim on any of the following schemes:

Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF)

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF)

Fisheries Response Fund, Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme (DSSS)

Zoos Support Fund and

Dairy Hardship Fund?

If your organisation has applied for support from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough Scheme) or the Self-Eemployed Income Support Scheme, it may also be eligible to apply for the Discretionary Business Grant scheme provided that it is not eligible to claim on the schemes mentioned above.

Yes - If your business has not already made a claim on these other schemes, please do so.

No - Please go to the next question.

Yes - Please go to the next question.

No - Your business / organisation is not eligible to claim on the Discretionary Business Grant scheme.

Please note that as part of its anti-fraud verification process, your council will be making checks on your organisation’s status.

Yes - Your business / organisation is not eligible to claim on the Discretionary Business Grant scheme.

No - Please go to the next question.

  • In your most recent annual accounts, did your organisation have a turnover greater than £10.2 million?
  • In your most recent annual accounts, did your organisation have a Balance Sheet value of more that £5.1 million?
  • Does your organisation have a headcount of 50 or more staff?

Yes - Your business / organisation is not eligible to claim on the Discretionary Business Grant scheme.

No - Please go to the next question.

Yes - Please go to the next question.

No - Your business / organisation is not eligible to claim on the Discretionary Business Grant scheme.

Yes - Please go to the next question.

No - Your business / organisation is not eligible to claim on the Discretionary Business Grant scheme.

Yes - Your business may be eligible to receive a grant under this scheme.  Please click Bed and Breakfast to learn what you need to do next.

No - Please go to the next question.

Yes - Your organisation may be eligible to receive a grant under this scheme.  Please click Charity to learn what you need to do next.

No - Please go to the next question.

(Please note: a shared workspace includes offices and other flexible workspaces such as units in industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment. Shared workspace does not include businesses based in residential properties)

Yes - Your business may be eligible to receive a grant under this scheme.  Please click Shared Workspace to learn what you need to do next.

No - Please go to the next question.

Yes - Your business may be eligible to receive a grant under this scheme.  Please click Market Trader to learn what you need to do next.

No - Your business / organisation is not eligible to claim on the Discretionary Business Grant scheme.

If you are not eligible for this scheme, you can check if your business may be eligible for another scheme run by the council, which are shown below. Or you can view the government’s Covid-19 related business support schemes.

Other business funding

Small business grant funding - £10,000

The government will provide additional Small Business Grant Scheme funding for local authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBBR), rural rate relief (RRR) and tapered relief. This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs.

Eligible businesses will receive a letter from us. Please complete and submit the online application form, as we will need to verify your business bank details and validate your application. Complete the £10,000 grant request form online by clicking the link above.

Retail, hospitality and leisure business grant funding - up to £25,000

  • Businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of under £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000
  • Businesses in these sectors with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000

Eligible businesses will receive a letter from us. Please complete and submit the online application form, as we will need to verify your business bank details and validate your application. Complete the £25,000 grant request form online by clicking the link above.

A 12-month business rates holiday for all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England

The relief has now been applied to all of the eligible business rate accounts. New bills have been issued confirming that the relief has been applied.

If the scheme applies to you, you will get a letter from us and you will also get a revised bill. This means that your business will not need to make any business rates payments during the financial year 2020/2021. Please do not pay anything in the meantime.