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The Discretionary Grant application process has now closed.

We have received a substantial number of applications which we will continue to process on a first come first serve basis, in line with their date of submission.

We appreciate that small businesses urgently need this assistance and are aiming to process applications as quickly as possible however, it may take up to a further 28 days before we are able to determine an award or make further contact with you.

If you have submitted an application, please be aware that we may email you, requesting further information or evidence in support of your application. This must be returned within 3 calendar days using the link provided within the same email.

Please DO NOT send further evidence or supporting information to any other email account, as this will not be linked to your application and may result in your application being rejected.


The Discretionary Business Grant Fund (DBG) was first launched in June 2020 to help those small businesses that were ineligible for the Small Business Grant Fund and had suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Funding Round 1 resulted in nearly 2,000 DBG applications being processed and £4m of grant support awarded.

£6m remains in the DBG grant funding pot and the council is in a position to reopen the fund from the 3rd August for 2 weeks only.

Whilst the first DBG Funding Round criteria matched that outlined in the Government’s DBG Guidance, we recognise that this resulted in some businesses being unable to apply in Round 1 because they did not match the eligibility criteria.  To address this, we have made some changes to the eligibility criteria in Round 2 to enable more small businesses to access the grant funding.