Discretionary COVID-19 business grants

On top of the original COVID-19 business grants, the Government awarded South Derbyshire District Council approximately £710,000 to launch a discretionary business grant scheme for businesses with ongoing fixed property related costs that were not eligible for one of the original COVID-19 grants.

Read the policy document (pdf, 766kb) to find out what businesses were eligible to apply.

The deadline for applications (midnight 17 June 2020) has now passed and the Council is currently assessing the applications it has received. No new applications can be accepted during this time.

How long will the grants take to process

It is hoped that processing of the applications the Council has received will take between 4 – 6 weeks.

As such it is hoped the Council may start to make payments on, or after, 15 July 2020, however the District Council cannot guarantee this.

This is due to the level of due diligence the Council will need to undertake to assess applications and carry out fraud checks.

Can I get an update on my grant?

We are sorry but we cannot give an update on the progress of grant applications under the discretionary scheme.

As soon as the grants are determined we will contact applicants directly to inform them of the outcome of the application.

What if I missed the deadline to apply?

Depending on the amount of funding the Council awards following the assessment of applications the District Council has received, it is possible that the Council may publish a call for further applications and may widen the eligibility criteria at this stage.

Whilst the Council can in no way guarantee that this will take place, if you would like to be notified if this should occur, please email business.grants@southderbyshire.gov.uk and ask to be added to the mailing list.