Discretionary Grant Scheme phase 4 applications

Applications for phase 4 of the discretionary grant scheme are now open.

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3. Discretionary Grant Scheme

Discretionary Grant Scheme phase 4 applications

Applications for phase 4 of the discretionary grant scheme are now open.

Phase 1

On the 1 May 2020 the government announced a top up grant for businesses that are not eligible for other grants. These grants are for:

  • small and micro businesses, as defined in Section 33 Part 2 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 and the Companies Act 2006
  • businesses with relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs
  • businesses which can demonstrate that they've suffered a significant fall in income due to the coronavirus outbreak
  • businesses which occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000

Read our guidance for the Discretionary Grant Scheme - phase 1 (PDF 336Kb).

Phase 2

Following the completion of the first round of applications seeking additional financial support from the Local Authority Discretionary (LAD) Grant Fund announced by the Government on May 1st, Stockport Council are inviting applications to a second phase of grant funding where the qualifying criteria has been extended to include those occupying a property, or part of a property, with a rateable value above £15,000 but no more than £20,000.

Previous qualifying criteria invited applications from Businesses which occupy a property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £15,000. Businesses within this category who were unable to meet the previous deadline of 3rd June are also welcome to apply for the second round of funding.

The LAD grant fund is in addition to the Small Business Grant Scheme (SBGF) and the Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF) and is open for applications from businesses in Stockport who have not been eligible to receive Government funding under any of the current schemes, have relatively high, ongoing fixed property-related costs and have suffered a significant fall in income due to the current coronavirus crisis. Those who have received support under the Job Retention scheme (furlough) or the Self Employed Income Support Scheme and have not already applied, are also welcome to apply for LAD grant funding.

In order for requests to be considered and to meet the qualifying criteria, applicants will need to provide evidence of fixed property costs, a substantial loss of income as a result of the impact of the coronavirus and that they are defined as either a Small or Micro Business.

You can apply for a grant using the application form on this page and applications need to be made before midnight on Wednesday 17/06/2020.

Read our guidance for the Discretionary Grant Scheme - phase 2 (PDF 71Kb)

Phase 3

Stockport Council has reviewed the remaining funds available for the Discretionary Grant Scheme following the second phase of applications to the scheme.

As there continue to be funds available, a third phase of applications to the scheme is being offered to businesses that meet the eligibility criteria set out in the guidance. Eligible businesses that meet the criteria for phases one and two, which missed the application deadline for these phases, are able to make an application in phase three. The deadline for submitting applications in phase three of the scheme is midnight on Wednesday 8 July 2020.

Read our guidance for the Discretionary Grant Scheme - phase 3 (PDF 89Kb).

Phase 4

Stockport Council has reviewed the remaining funds available for the Discretionary Grant Scheme following the third phase of applications to the scheme.

As there continue to be funds available, a fourth phase of applications to the scheme is being offered to businesses that meet the eligibility criteria set out in the guidance.

Eligible businesses that meet the criteria for phases one two and three, which missed the application deadline for these phases, can make an application in phase four.

The deadline for submitting applications in phase four of the scheme is midnight on midnight on Friday 7 August 2020. The council is processing applications in phase four on a first come, first served basis, and reserves the right to close the phase four of applications early if the funds are exhausted before the application deadline. Should the funds be exhausted during the phase then applications will not be processed beyond that point so making an application will not guarantee that you receive a grant.

Businesses eligible to apply for a grant for support with their monthly fixed property costs in phase 4 are required to be:

  • Stockport based small and micro businesses, as defined in Section 33 Part 2 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 and the Companies Act 2006
  • businesses with relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs, not based at home, of at least £250 per month
  • businesses which can demonstrate that they've suffered a significant fall in income due to the coronavirus outbreak
  • businesses which occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000, or £150,000 if they're hospitality or leisure businesses.

Grants awarded to businesses eligible under the above criteria will be assessed against the total evidenced fixed property costs incurred by the business during March to June 2020. Based on this information, grant awards will be either £2,500, £5,000, £7,500, £10,000 or £25,000.

In phase 4 there is also an opportunity to apply for a fixed grant of £2,000 for registered businesses based in Stockport that meet either of the following criteria:

  • home based or self-employed that have not had access to any other financial support linked to coronavirus, that have had a reduction in income due to coronavirus
  • fixed property costs below the £250 per month de minimis level set for earlier phases of the discretionary grant scheme and have not had access to any other financial support linked to coronavirus, that have had a reduction in income due to coronavirus.

Applicants for the fixed grant of £2,000 must complete a declaration to say that their income has been reduced as a result of the impact of coronavirus and provide bank statements supporting this - more information on this is in the guidance.

Due to this scheme being provided on a first come, first served basis, applicants who do not provide the required supporting evidence with their application may have their application rejected. please make sure you read the guidance before applying and include everything that is asked for.

Further information and support with your application can be accessed by emailing skladgrants@stockport.gov.uk.

Read our guidance for the Discretionary Grant Scheme - phase 4 (PDF 105Kb)

Apply for the Discretionary Grant Scheme


You can also find more information about the scheme in our frequently asked questions (PDF 70Kb) document.