Discretionary business grant application form

What is this for?

Sorry, the discretionary grant scheme is now closed. No further applications can be submitted.

To apply for a payment from the Small Business Discretionary Grant fund.

Subject to meeting the relevant qualifying criteria, discretionary grant payments will be considered in the following cases:

  1. Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible work spaces. E.g. units in industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment. This does not include hot-desk office spaces or chair rentals. Grants of £5,000 will be payable.
  1. Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment. Grants of up to £5,000 will be payable, depending on fixed rental costs.
  1. Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of Business Rates. Grants of £10,000 will be payable.
  1. Charity properties in receipt of charitable Business Rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief. Grants of  £10,000 will be payable.
  1. Registered children’s nurseries who are not eligible for Small Business Rates relief. Grants of £10,000 will be payable.
  1. Supply chain businesses with an rateable value under £51,000 who are carrying out substantial business to business trading activities, relating to production and supply to the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors. Grants of £10,000 will be payable.

Please note that in each of the above categories businesses must meet specific qualifying criteria in order to be eligible and some exclusions do apply. The decision to award or withhold a grant payment is at the discretion of Doncaster Council. Please see our Covid-19 Business Grant page  for more information.

Businesses should be aware that grant payments are currently subject to state aid limits. This limit has recently increased to €800,000 in order to take into account the additional support needed due to COVID-19. If you believe that by receiving this grant payment that you will exceed state aid limits, please contact us.

What is it going to cost?


What we need from you

Using our address look-up function on this e-form

We are aware some people are having difficulty finding their business address using the address look-up system on this form. To avoid issues, please only enter your post code (using correct spacing), before selecting your address from the drop down list provided.

We will ask you to register for a MyDoncaster account if you haven’t already. This will allow you to track your enquiry. You will also be able to access additional online services offered by us.

Where possible you will need your Business Rates account and Property Reference number. These can be found on your bill. Please don't worry if these are not available or you do not have one. You will still be able to submit your application

We will ask you to supply details about you, your business, and your business bank account details so that a payment can be made to you if you are eligible for the grant.

If you do not supply the required information, this may cause a delay to your request being considered.

Please do not submit repeat claims, as this will slow down our ability to make payments promptly.


What you should expect from us

Once submitted, we will check if you are eligible for a grant payment and make a payment to you as soon as possible within 10 working days. If you are not eligible to a grant payment we will contact you by email to tell you why.

We ask that you do not submit repeat payment requests or contact us to follow up on your request. Doing so requires us to redirect limited resources to answer calls and individual enquiries, slowing our ability to check and process payments to everyone as quickly as possible. 

If your business is eligible, a payment will be made direct to the nominated bank account you have provided on your request form. We may need to contact you if we cannot pay you the grant, or if further information is required to process your request.

Sorry, the discretionary grant scheme is now closed. No further applications can be submitted.

More information

More advice about the support available to businesses can be found on the following pages:

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Last updated: 19 June 2020 17:01:34