New Discretionary Business Grant Fund launches today

Released on 8 June 2020 Press Release

Stratford-on-Avon District Council's new Discretionary Business Grant Fund launches today, Monday 8 June.

Businesses that were not eligible for Government funding through previous COVID-19 related financial support schemes are being invited to apply for business support funding through the discretionary business grant fund, from today until the closing date on 26 June.

The scheme is designed to help small businesses which did not meet the criteria for the first round of funding which targeted Small Businesses in the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sector.

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

The District Council is also 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.

Businesses must apply for the additional funding online at: during the three-week window.

 Cllr Jo Barker, People Portfolio says: "It's good to see additional Government funding available for businesses that have not been eligible for financial support up to now. I know a number of businesses that have failed to qualify for the previous grant scheme, but clearly need help.  I would encourage any business owner who thinks they may be eligible for a discretionary grant to apply as soon as possible in order to meet the deadline."

  • Stratford-on-Avon District Council has been allocated an additional £1.6million to support businesses across the district as part of the Government's Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund.

Contact details

Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire,
CV37 6HX
Tel: 01789 267575

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