The Government is providing additional funding for local authorities to support small businesses (with high fixed property-related costs) that aren't eligible for other 'Small Business Grants' or 'Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants. Up to £617 million has been made available across the country.
See details of the evidence you'll need to provide as part of your application.
Read the Extended Micro-Business Grant Policy.
Some national criteria has been set, but local authorities can determine which cases to support, within those criteria.
- we're using the government's 'discretionary grant fund' to enhance and extend our established micro grants scheme
- grants we award will be capped at £10,000
Small businesses are classified as having:
- a turnover of not more than £10.2 million
- a balance sheet total of not more than £5.1 million
- less than 50 employees
You must provide evidence which meets the following criteria for your business to qualify for an 'extended Micro-Business Grant':
- have ongoing fixed building-related costs
- have been trading since before 11 March
- be able to demonstrate a significant fall in income due to the coronavirus outbreak
- have a rateable value or mortgage of below £51,000
- not qualify for any other government COVID-19 grant or relief scheme
If you're self-employed, with fixed property costs, you may qualify - but not if you've already received a Micro-Business Grant from us.
Some examples of the types of businesses which may be eligible:
- small businesses in shared offices or other flexible work spaces like industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment
- regular market traders who do not have their own business rates assessment
- B&Bs which pay Council Tax instead of business rates
- charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief
- nurseries (childcare) which have not qualified for other government grants
Businesses that are not eligible
Businesses will not be eligible for an extended Micro-Business Grant if they:
- are in administration, are insolvent or where a Striking-Off Notice has been made
- have more than 50 employees
- have received any of the following
- 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
Grants available in the enhanced scheme
Different grant amounts are available as follows:
- £10,000 for small businesses
- £10,000 for nurseries (childcare)
- £5,000 for micro businesses (under 10 employees)
- £2,500 for B&Bs and market traders who live in York with no business rate assessment
We'll make grant payments within 3 weeks of submitting your application if you're eligible, depending on:
- the volume of applications
- the amount of additional checking and verification required
Preparing your application
We expect a large number of applications for this scheme, and will be issuing them on a first-come, first-served basis.
To help you prepare your application, here are examples of some of the documents we can accept as evidence to prove your eligibility:
- latest annual accounts (both audited and management accounts)
- cash-flow projection
- payroll/PAYE records to evidence employee numbers
- lease/rental agreement, signed mortgage agreement
- utility bill, other bill/invoice
- buildings insurance (evidencing property costs, if not liable for business rates)
- evidence of trading on or before 11 March 2020
- other relevant information, helpful towards this application being processed
If we're unable to verify your eligibility, we'll be unable to process your application.
Note: You'll need to write your business name exactly as it appears on other official forms, such as your:
- bank account
- HMRC registration
This kind of misinformation has been one of the main causes of delays to payments of business grants across the UK.
Apply for an extended Micro-Business Grant
Complete our eForm to apply for an 'extended Micro-Business Grant'.
Previous grant recipients
Some businesses who have already received a grant may be eligible for a top-up grant.
We'll contact you to let you know if this is the case.