Discretionary top-up fund

The window for applications to this fund has now closed.

Small and micro businesses within Eastbourne and the Lewes district were invited to submit their details to apply for a grant from the Discretionary top-up fund. The funding is limited and aimed at businesses who were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund

The Government asked that we prioritise businesses with fixed property-related costs which can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces. Examples could include units in industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment
  • Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment
  • Bed & Breakfasts and Guest Houses 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.

The amount that eligible businesses may receive is up to £10,000. In exceptional circumstances we will consider grants up to £25,000. However, the government has provided a finite allocation of £1.3m for Lewes and £1.1m for Eastbourne. 

The Councils will look to award grants to businesses that meet the national priorities first. Any residual funds will be awarded to businesses that meet local priorities.

The Discretionary Business Grant Policy for Eastbourne, and for Lewes, can be accessed below.

The Councils have worked closely with neighbouring district and borough council’s in East Sussex to develop the framework, whilst each Council’s scheme has been tailored to suit it’s economic and business needs.

Detailed information about the eligibility criteria can be found here

For detailed information about the eligibility criteria please download the document below.

There are certain businesses that the government has excluded from being able to receive this grant because they are eligible for one of the following:

Businesses which received the Small Business Grant Fund

This is a scheme aimed at those businesses who occupy a property and are liable to business rates but and are in receipt of either Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief. If your business has already received a grant under the Small Business Grant Fund then you will not be eligible for a grant under this scheme. If you think you may be eligible under this scheme please check our Business Grants page.

Businesses which received the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund

This is a scheme aimed at those businesses who are in either the retail, hospitality or leisure sectors and occupy a property with a rateable value under £51,000. If your business has already received a grant under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund then you will not be eligible for a grant under this scheme. If you think you may be eligible under this scheme please check our Business Grants page.

The Fisheries Response Fund

This is a scheme aimed at businesses that operate a fishing vessel and have suffered a downturn in their business due to the coronavirus. If you are the owner of a fishing vessel and are eligible to receive payments under The Fisheries Response Fund you will not be eligible for a grant under this scheme. Details of this scheme can be found here 

Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme (DSSS)

This is a scheme aimed at businesses that operate a seafood supply business and have suffered a downturn in their business due to the coronavirus. If you run a seafood business and are eligible to receive payments under the Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme then you will not be eligible for this scheme. Details of this scheme can be found here

The Zoos Support Fund

If you run a zoo or aquarium and are eligible for support under this fund then you will not be eligible for this scheme. Details can be found here

The Dairy Hardship Fund

This is a scheme aimed at dairy farmers who have suffered a downturn in their business due to coronavirus. If you are a dairy farmer who is eligible for support under this scheme then you will not be eligible for this grant. Details of this scheme can be found here

Your business needed to be able to evidence that:

  • You are a business which occupies a property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000
  • You are a business which can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis
  • You are a business with fewer than 50 employees
  • You are a business that was trading on or before 11th March 2020 
  • You will need to be a small or micro business as defined under the Companies Act 2006

For detailed information about the eligibility criteria please download the document below.

Discretionary Business Grant Fund Guidance

Discretionary Business Grant Fund Guidance
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If your business is not covered by those listed above, you can still make an application for a grant if you meet certain criteria. Your application will not be considered until all applications that meet the above criteria have been assessed.

Apply here