COVID-19 GRANT Phishing E-mail
There are currently e-mails in circulation claiming to be from from councils stating the grant payment will not be processed until the ratepayer clicks on a link in the e-mail to authorise the payment. Gosport Borough Council will NOT send an e-mail asking any ratepayer to do this. You can report suspicious e-mails here.
It has also come to our attention that there are firms offering to claim the grants for ratepayers for a fee. This is not necessary, you do not need to pay someone to do this for you. Please contact us first before entering into a contract.
This new government funded Coronavirus (Covid-19) related grant is aimed at those Gosport based small businesses and other organisations with proportionally high property related fixed costs that are not eligible for, or have not already been paid, the Small Business Grant or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant (as well as some other government funded grants). As per those government funded grants it is also administered by Gosport Borough Council.
To fund this grant scheme we have received £635,000 which equates to 5% of the funding provided for the Small Business and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grants. This limited amount means that we, like the other local authorities, will have to prioritise which types of businesses will receive funding i.e. to those that are most relevant to our local economy. In addition the Government has also asked local authorities to prioritise certain types of businesses and other organisations. Therefore there is an application process for this grant scheme.
As per the government guidance local authorities may pay grants to the value of £25,000, £10,000 or any amount under £10,000. The value of the payment to be made to a business is at the discretion of the local authority. However please note that the government expects payments of under £10,000 may be appropriate in many cases.
Who will benefit from this scheme?
As per the government guidance these grants are primarily and predominantly aimed at Gosport based:
To be a small business, under the Companies Act 2006, a business must satisfy two or more of the following requirements in a year:
To be a micro business, under the Companies Act 2006, a business must satisfy two or more of the following requirements:
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 Self-Employed Income support scheme) are ineligible for funding from the Discretionary Grants Fund. Such grant schemes include but are not limited to:
The government has asked local authorities to prioritise:
For confirmation of the nationally set criteria and local authority guidance for the scheme please see:
Gosport Borough Council priorities
As part of our discretion we will then prioritise payments to other Gosport based small businesses and other organisations according to local economic need. In summary, as a result we are targeting the following:
Other businesses which are operated solely from domestic premises are also potetntially eligible and for the full details of our scheme please see the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Policy for Gosport Borough Council.
The Gosport Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund application process
There is an application process which will be open for three weeks from Monday 15th June 12:00 to Friday 3rd July 23:59, after which the scheme will be closed to new applicants. You are advised to review the information provided above, including the detail via the links, and our grant policy to help inform your application.
After the deadline applications will be assessed against the criteria and we will contact all applicants as quickly as we can to confirm our decision as to whether to award a grant or not. We also aim to begin to make payments week commencing Monday 6th July. Those applicants that are deemed to be eligible for the Small Business Grant or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant will be awarded that grant instead. The council decision is final and there is no right of appeal.
In addition to describing how the pandemic has impacted your business or organisation we also require certain evidence to be included in your application as document or image file attachments. This will help enable us to assess and validate your claim and determine the grant payment amount.
Therefore please have the following documentary proof readily available to be attached when you complete the application form:
Other details required as part of the application include:
Please do not call the council about your application as we will not be able to give any further information at this stage. However we will contact applicants via email to formally confirm receipt of their application and, if necessary follow-up to request further evidence/information if insufficient has been provided to make an assessment.
Please complete it including the requested attachments and submit before Friday 3rd July 23:59.