Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund (LADGF)
The Government has provided £1.35 million to the council for a new fund for small businesses and charities with high fixed property-related costs who can demonstrate a significant fall in income as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Council is aware that demand for this fund will be very high, and inevitably, the funding available will be insufficient to help all businesses and charities. We have therefore had to make difficult choices about which businesses will benefit from the fund and the size of grant available. You can read our policy on distributing the fund here.
This grant funding is for businesses that are not eligible for other support schemes. Businesses which have received cash grants from any central government COVID-related scheme are ineligible for funding from the Discretionary Grants Fund. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Small Business Grant Fund
- Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
Businesses who have applied for either the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme or the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are eligible to apply for this scheme. If your business has furloughed staff, then it will still be eligible for the Discretionary Grant.
Businesses can apply for one of five schemes designed for:
- Businesses in certain sectors working in shared and flexible spaces
- Market traders
- Charities in receipt of Charitable Rate Relief
- Bed and Breakfasts paying Council Tax
- All other businesses
Our Guidance for Applicants will help you decide which grant you may be eligible for.
To apply for a grant from the fund, you must submit an application using our online form by midnight on 19 June 2020. No applications will be accepted after this date. The Council will assess the applications received and arrange to make payments to successful businesses and charities. We expect this process to be complete by the end of June 2020.
Before you start your application
Please read our detailed Guidance for Applicants before completing your application to ensure you provide all the information we need to validate your application and make our assessments. Your application will be assessed on the information you submit on this online form and the Council will only seek clarification or additional data in exceptional circumstances.
You will be asked to submit a short statement setting out the nature of your business and impact the coronavirus outbreak has had on it (up to 1500 characters). You may wish to prepare this before beginning the form.
In order to complete your application, you will also need to upload evidence of your business' eligibility for this fund and its current situation. This will include:
- An operational address in Redcar and Cleveland
- Your regular fixed property related costs
- A substantial loss in income as a result of the coronavirus outbreak
- Your business' cash reserves
- Any substantial capital investment your business has made recently
You should select evidence which clearly supports the statements you make in your application – further suggestions are included in our Guidance for Applicants. It is essential that your documents are legible and clear. A maximum of 10 documents with a combined size of 5mb can be uploaded in relation to each question. You may need to upload the same document several times in relation to different questions.
All applications will be subject to checks and verification. The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud - and any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back. Any person knowingly and dishonestly providing false or misleading information in communication with the Council; including verbal communication will be committing a criminal offence contrary to the Fraud Act 2006 and will be subject to a criminal investigation and criminal proceedings may be taken against them.