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Check if you are eligible | Discretionary business grants | Birmingham City Council

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Check if you are eligible

Before you apply for DBG, if you are a named business rates payer with a rateable value of less than £51,000 and you are in the leisure or retail sector then you should apply for the Small Business Fund or the Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund first.  We would urge you to check these schemes before applying for a DBG grant as the funding pot for DBG is very limited.

If you have already received either of the above grants, a DBG or any COVID-19 grant, then you will not be eligible for consideration for Round 2 of the DBG Fund.

Businesses eligible for consideration:

  • *Small businesses across all business sectors
  • Small businesses employing less than 50 staff
  • Sole Traders and the Self Employed who incur ongoing fixed commercial property costs
  • Existing businesses mainly/actively trading in Birmingham on 11 March 2020
  • Businesses which can demonstrate at least a 30% drop in income due to the COVID-19 crisis
  • Businesses with ongoing fixed commercial property-related costs (rent, service charge, lease, licenses, business rates, utility bills, broadband, content & buildings insurance, mortgage payments, etc.,)
  • Businesses with a main trading address or premises which fall within the Birmingham City Council area
  • Businesses which have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are eligible to apply, as are businesses that have furloughed staff
  • Businesses in receipt of the Self Employed Income Support Scheme are eligible to apply for this scheme
  • Businesses that applied for a Small Business Rates Grant, but were unsuccessful
  • Businesses that pay business rates, including those with a Rateable Value in excess of £51,000 (which were previously excluded)
  • Businesses that previously applied for a DBG, but were unsuccessful

Businesses ineligible for consideration:

  • Businesses which have received cash grants from any central government COVID-19 related scheme are ineligible for funding from the Discretionary Business Grants Fund. Such grant schemes include but are not limited to:
    • Small Business Grant Fund
    • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
    • The Fisheries Response Fund
    • Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme (DSSS).
    • The Zoos Support Fund
    • The Dairy Hardship Fund
  • Companies that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made
  • Businesses that are not actively trading and with no trading income prior to 11 March 2020.
  • Businesses that have no commercial ongoing fixed property costs
  • Businesses that have previously been awarded a Discretionary Business Grant
  • Air B and Bs
  • All charities as Funding Round 2 is focussing on small businesses

*Small and Micro business definitions:

To qualify as a small business, under the Companies Act 2006, you must satisfy two or more of the following requirements in a year:

Turnover: Not more than £10.2 million
Balance sheet total: Not more than £5.1 million
Number of employees: a headcount of staff of less than 50

To qualify as a micro business, under the Companies Act 2006, you must satisfy two or more of the following requirements in a year:

Turnover: Not more than £632,000
Balance sheet total: Not more than £316,000
Number of employees: a headcount of staff of not more than 10