Still time to apply for a small business discretionary grant

Small businesses in the city affected by the pandemic who have not been able to access other Covid-19 related government grants are invited to apply for a grant from our discretionary fund. 

The closing date for applications is this Friday, 12 June.

Since applications opened just under a week ago, more than 250 small businesses have applied. The first assessment panel will meet this Thursday to approve the first set of grants with payments starting to go out at the end of the week.

Individual grants of up to £25,000 are available and a range of small businesses can apply. Grants do not have to be paid back.

Please remember to download and read the applicants’ guide before completing the online form.

Find out more about the discretionary fund and how to get a business support grant.

About the discretionary grants fund

There is a total fund of £3.7 million and three levels of grants:

  • £25,000
  • £10,000
  • Any amounts under £10,000

The following types of small businesses could apply:

  • Events
  • Arts, culture and creative industries
  • Retail
  • Businesses in shared workspaces and those who manage shared workspaces
  • Charities, community interest companies and third sector organisations who undertake commercial work
  • Businesses with high fixed costs that do not pay business rates
  • Locally-based businesses in leisure, including B & B guest houses
  • Long established companies in the city that have invested in their business
  • Market traders with fixed locations and costs in Brighton & Hove 
  • Businesses employing 20 to 50 employees or with high turnover

Applications will be assessed by an independent advisory panel which includes representatives from business organisations.

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