Business grants

Discretionary Grant Fund 

Haringey Council's Discretionary Grants Fund is now closed.

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Who can apply?

Business groups eligible to apply are:

  1. Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces which do not have their own rates assessment
    1. This does not include businesses in shared or sub-let retail units
  2. Regular market traders with fixed building costs such as rent, who do not have their own rates assessment
    1. A regular market trader is defined as a market trader with a permanent licence who pre-COVID-19, traded most days of the week in the London Borough of Haringey. A fixed building cost for a market trader includes ongoing pitch fees and storage fees
  3. Bed and Breakfast which pay Council Tax instead of business rates
    1. Not Airbnb style accommodation, houses in multiple occupation or other forms of short term lets
  4. Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief
  5. Childcare nurseries with rateable value, annual rent or annual mortgage up to £51,000

With the exception of bed and breakfasts, businesses operating from residential premises will not be eligible to apply.

No other business group other than those listed above will be eligible for this grant funding and only businesses located in Haringey will be eligible to apply.

If you have any questions about your grant application or eligibility, please email DGF@haringey.gov.uk

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How much funding will be provided to businesses?

As there are limited resources available for this fund, and in order to support as many local businesses as possible, grant payments will initially be capped at £5,000. It is likely that most grant payments will be lower than this.

A set of criteria has been established to calculate grant payments that is intended to be fair, proportionate to relevant business costs and to reach as many eligible businesses as possible. Grant payments will be made to eligible applicants based on three months rent and fixed property costs. If an applicant has received a rent holiday from their landlord, then any grant payment will be reduced accordingly.

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Eligibility criteria

These grants are primarily and predominantly aimed at: 

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 have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis
  • Businesses which occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000

To be a small business, under the Companies Act 2006, a business must satisfy two or more of the following requirements in a year:

  • Turnover: Not more than £10.2 million
  • Balance sheet total: Not more than 5.1 million
  • Number of employees: a headcount of staff of less than 50

To be a micro business, under the Companies Act 2006, a business must satisfy two or more of the following requirements: 

  • Turnover: Not more than £632,000
  • Balance sheet total: Not more than £316,000
  • Number of employees: a headcount of staff of not more than 10

This grant funding is for businesses that are not eligible for other support schemes. Businesses which are eligible for cash grants from any central government COVID-related scheme (apart from SEISS) are ineligible for funding from the Discretionary Grants Fund. Such grant schemes include but are not limited to: 

  • Small Business Grant Fund
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
  • The Fisheries Response Fund
  • Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme (DSSS)
  • The Zoos Support Fund
  • The Dairy Hardship Fund

Businesses who have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and/or for the Self-Employed Income support scheme (SEISS) are eligible to apply for this scheme.

Your business must have been trading on 11 March 2020 are eligible for this scheme. Companies that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

If you have any questions about your grant application or eligibility, please email DGF@haringey.gov.uk

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Application Process

Applications will be subject to checks and validation and any business or individual found to have been making false claims will face action for repayment of sums and could also face prosecution.

  • The application process has now closed
  • Applicants will receive a unique reference number. Please quote this is the subject field of all email correspondence. Not doing so will cause a delay in responding to your query
  • Please do not apply if you have received a Small Business Grant or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant or any of the other government COVID related grant schemes (except SEISS and the Job Retention Scheme)
  • Please do not apply if you are not in one of the five priority groups
  • Please complete all questions. We cannot consider applications unless all questions are answered
  • Only one application per business or sole trader should be submitted
  • Ensure you provide a clear copy of your business bank statement showing the business/sole trader name, address, bank account number and sort code as provided on the application form. Not submitting this will delay the processing of your application form
  • By submitting an application, you will be confirming you are eligible to apply, the information you provide is correct and that by receiving a grant payment you will be complying with State Aid regulations
  • We will endeavour to process applications within five working days. We expect a high volume of applications, so we ask applicants to not request an update on progress until this period has passed. All applicants will be contacted once a decision has been made
  • The scheme has been designed with this grant cap, with the objective of being able to pay a grant to all eligible businesses who are successful with their application
  • However, in the event applications exceed the government’s grant funding allocation, applications will be processed in order of receipt until all the allocated funding has been used. This could mean that some businesses who apply in the two week window will not be successful in their application

If you have any questions about your grant application or eligibility, please email DGF@haringey.gov.uk

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Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Guidance on Grant Funding Schemes

In response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Government announced there would be specific support for small businesses, and businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.This support includes:

  • Small Business Grant Fund - a £10,000 grant will be provided to businesses currently eligible for small business rate relief (SBRR)
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund - a £25,000 grant will be provided to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses that have a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000

You can only claim this grant funding if you pay business rates or are eligible for small business rate relief (SBRR).

Update for Garage owners - you could be eligible for a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Garage owners - you could be eligible for a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant. If you own a garage and have a retail element to your business - if you sell tyres or oil for example - you could be eligible for a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

Please note, your rateable value must be between £15,000 and £51,000 to be eligible. Contact us at COVIDsmallbusinessgrant@haringey.gov.uk to discuss this further.

Grant payment update

There are still businesses out there eligible for grants that we have been unable to get in contact with or we still need supporting information from. If you are a Haringey based business who hasn't received their grant funding yet, please contact us at COVIDsmallbusinessgrant@haringey.gov.uk. Help us to pay you your grant funding and get in contact today. 

Grant form

Important information:

Please DO NOT complete this grant form if you think you are eligible for the Top-up grant scheme. This form is ONLY for those eligible for the Small Business Grant or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant. A new application form will be live soon for eligible businesses to apply for Top-up grants. 

Complete the grant form Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Eligible businesses will receive funding from either the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund. Please read the business support FAQs (PDF, 180KB) for full information on the eligibility criteria for these grants.

State Aid 

If you are eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund, we may contact you to ask if you have received State Aid. State Aid is any advantage granted by the state (the Government and Local Authority in this instance) to any organisations/businesses that could potentially distort competition and trade in the European Union (EU). 

If you have, or believe you have, received in excess of EUR 800,000 in State Aid then you are not eligible to receive the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund. If you have not received grants equal to EUR 800,000, then you are considered to be State Aid compliant and you can answer 'no' to the question of whether your business has received State Aid.

Further information

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Applying for a grant when you are not the person currently registered for business rates

If you are not the person currently registered for business rates but have been operating in a rateable premises since 11 March 2020, we have to make you liable for business rates before we can pay you any grant. 

You need to fill in the Business Grants Form and also complete an Occupation Form (available for download below in both Word and PDF formats):

You must also enclose the following with the Occupation Form:

  • A copy of your signed lease
  • A written statement from your landlord to confirm that you were in exclusive possession of the business rates property on 11 March 2020
  • A copy of a utility bill in your name dated before 11 March 2020
  • Proof that you applied for public liability insurance before 11 March 2020
  • Any other information that you wish to submit to support that you should have been held liable for business rates on 11 March 2020

Where to send your completed forms

All completed forms and supporting evidence should be emailed to COVIDsmallbusinessgrant@haringey.gov.uk. In all cases please only complete and send each form once. 

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Page last updated:

29 June 2020

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