Exceptional Fund

This fund will provide further financial support in the form of cash grants for businesses that operate in the leisure, retail and hospitality sectors. Businesses operating in these sectors must demonstrate that they have either experienced, or continue to experience, a severe and demonstrable negative impact as a result of on-going COVID restrictions (where they exist) or indeed the continued effects of the pandemic upon trading. The fund will provide grant support towards significant fixed costs.
Grant expired on:
8 October Closed: 00:00

What items can I seek grant support against?

The grant can be used to contribute towards:

  • Rent or lease payments
  • Mortgage payments
  • Equipment lease or loan payments
  • Utilities such as water, electric, gas, bio fuels or alternatives that can be evidenced

How much can I apply for?

Between £2,000–£10,000

Can I use the funds for something other than the approved list of expenditure?

No. The fund will only support the above costs. As such, the following and any alternative costs are excluded:

  • staff wages
  • business rates
  • vehicle lease or loan payments
  • phone & broadband costs
  • other operating expense
  • business insurances

Eligibility & Additional details

A business can apply to cover qualifying costs from 1st October 2021 to 31st January 2022. Applicants must be able to evidence the impact of any remaining restrictions or where trading has not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels.

Businesses will be able to claim for a maximum of two Fixed Cost headings to reach the minimum or maximum grant thresholds. To illustrate, the applicant could:
Seek to claim for a single fixed cost item such as rent OR two fixed cost items such as rent and utility costs.

Businesses trading prior to 22nd March 2020:

Businesses trading prior to the first national lock down (22nd March 2020) will be able to claim up to a maximum of £10,000. You must be able to demonstrate a minimum on-going 40% reduction in trading activity. This will be evidenced by bank statements, and/or company management accounts etc.

Businesses who began trading ON or FROM 23rd March 2020 – 28th February 2021:

Businesses that started trading on or between 23rd March 2020 and 28th February 2021 will be able to apply for a maximum of £4,500.00. Business must be able to evidence why you are still impacted by COVID restrictions and how your trading environment is being affected. Again, this will be evidenced by bank statements, company or management accounts, proof of turnover etc.

Businesses that commenced trading on or after 1st March 2021 will not be eligible for this fund.

Decisions on grant allocation will be based solely on the supporting evidence provided by the applicant business. During the assessment process further information may be requested.

Please read the specific fund guidance and FAQs before completing an application as this details all the submission requirements.

Download guidance notes

The Council expects a high level of interest for the fund and will prioritise those applications that meet requirements. Once submitted, we aim to notify applicants of the outcome within 20 working days.