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Discretionary Coronavirus small business support grants

Cornwall received around £13.5m from the government. This funding was to be used for grants for small businesses.

This amount of money does not allow us to assist every business that is currently struggling. As such we agreed a policy for allocating this money. This policy is based on government guidance issued on 13 May 2020.

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We will continue to lobby the Government for additional funding. This is so that we can assist even more businesses.

The aim of the discretionary fund is to support small and micro businesses that have been:

  • Negatively affected by COVID-19
  • Haven’t already received financial assistance through other government schemes. (With the exception of the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme SEISS)
  • Continue to have high fixed term costs related to property such as rent or mortgage payments

The following explain how we will distribute the limited amount of money we have been allocated:

The government guidance asked us to prioritise support for.

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces. Examples could include units which do not have their own business rates assessment, in:
    • industrial parks
    • science parks
    • incubators 
  • Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment
  • Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates. This is where the Bed and Breakfast business is the main income/occupation of the business owner. Grants will not be made available to individuals who occasionally rent out a room or their property through platforms such as AirBnB
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for:
    • Small Business Rates Relief
    • Rural Rate Relief
      These would have a rateable value less than £15,000

Applications to the fund are now closed.

We have contacted all businesses that submitted an application to let them know the outcome.

Businesses that do not fall into one of the groups that the government asked us to prioritise

We asked these businesses to submit an expression of interest by 24 June 2020 and received over 3,800.

Unfortunately the £13.5m allocated to Cornwall has already been used to support the businesses in the four priority categories.

We will continue to lobby government for them to make further funds available to be able to support some of the businesses we are not able to help at this stage.

There is no appeals process against this decision unless you feel your application should have been considered among the priority groups outlined above.

Should more funding become available we will be on touch with those that submitted an expression of interest and we were unable to help. This page would also be updated with this information.

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If I am turned down for grant, can I appeal?

The decision on whether to offer a grant is final and there is no opportunity to appeal.