COVID-19: Micro grants scheme

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.

In York:

  • 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

Eligible businesses

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

Grant payments

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'.

Extended Micro-Business Grant application

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.

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