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Apply for a Discretionary Business Grant

If you are a small business in Brent that has been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, you may be eligible for a grant of £5,000 to help cover your fixed costs.

How to apply

Before you complete the form, make sure you understand the eligibility criteria and gather all the evidence you need, so you have it to hand when asked.

You do not have to complete your application in one go. You can save it and come back to it later on. 

Apply for the grant 

Please note; the council is expecting a high level of demand for this grant. In the event that we receive more applications than we have funds available from central government, the council will apply a ranking system to determine how to award the grant funding.

 

Who can claim?

If you wish to apply for a Discretionary Grant from Brent Council, your business must meet all of the necessary criteria for the fund. To be considered for the grant your business must:

  • Be actively trading in Brent (as opposed to simply registered in Brent)
  • Have been trading on 11 March 2020
  • A headcount of up to 50 employees
  • Have ongoing fixed building-related costs relating to a commercial property
  • Occupy a commercial property, or part of a commercial property, with a rateable value or annual mortgage/rent payments of less than £51,000 per annum
  • Have experienced a minimum of 50% reduction in income since 11 March 2020 due to COVID-19
  • Have been trading for at least 12 months at the point of application
  • Meet one of the following:

-       A turnover of less than £10.2m

-       A balance sheet of less than £5.1m

Who cannot apply?

You cannot apply for this Discretionary Grant if:

  • Your business is in administration, is insolvent or a striking-off notice has been made against your business.
  • You have received or are eligible for a cash grant from any central government Covid-19 scheme including:
  • Small Business Grant Fund
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
  • The Fisheries Response Fund
  • Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme
  • The Zoos Support Fund
  • The Dairy Hardship Fund

Note: If your business received funding from the Self-employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) or the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) scheme, you are still eligible and can apply for the Discretionary Grant providing your business meets the wider criteria.

The evidence you will need to provide

You must submit certain documentary evidence as part of your application in order for officers to assess and verify your claim. Before you apply, please ensure you have the following evidence:

  • Redacted payroll statements for any of February, March or April 2020
  • Bank account statements that support your drop in income
  • Most recent business rates bill showing rateable value if under 51000 or, if you do not pay business rates directly, evidence of current annual rent or commercial mortgage liability
  • Evidence of invoice for market stalls/street trading licence and evidence of renewal fee receipt where applicable
  • Property related utility bills such as gas, electricity, water, internet, telephone or security
  • Certificate of incorporation (this is not  needed for sole traders)

You will need to make a State-Aid self-declaration as part of the application process.