Discretionary Business Grant

Stratford on Avon District Council has been allocated an additional £1.6millions to support businesses across the district as part of the Government's Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund.
The scheme aims to provide support for businesses through the Covid-19 pandemic in addition to the Small Business Grant and the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant Funds, which remain open for eligible ratepayers to apply who have not yet claimed.

The Council is anticipating a huge demand for the Grants and therefore is setting a maximum limit of £10k.


The scheme will provide support to businesses that fall into a number of main priority areas :

  • Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax
  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces,
  • Regular market traders with fixed building costs
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief

However the Council is accepting applications from other Businesses significantly affected by Covid 19 who :

  • are suppliers reliant on the retail hospitality and leisure industry who were not included within the original scheme
  • have a Rateable Value greater than £15k but are outside of the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors
  • have a Rateable Value marginally greater than £51k but could be considered as a small business
  • are a Small Business who are not eligible for Small Business Rate Relief as they occupy a second property with a combined value below £15k
  • are a business unique to the tourism sector within the Stratford District.

For more information on the scheme, please read the Council's policy for the grant.

How to apply

Applications can be made from Monday 8th June to Friday 26th June 2020 using our online form ( link to the form at the bottom of this page ).

Any applications received after this period will not be considered as eligible for this scheme. Once this application window has expired the Council will review the applications against the criteria set out within the discretionary grant fund policy and the operational procedures which will be published at the time, with grants distributed to those businesses that are able to demonstrate they are most in need. The Council aims to make payments week commencing 29th June 2020

The application form will be available from .

Last updated on 25/06/2020

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