Discretionary grant fund

Applications for the second round of the discretionary grants are now closed.

Winchester City Council has been awarded £1.4m by Government to help businesses and organisations impacted by COVID-19 and which have been ineligible for other grant funding opportunities. Through this discretionary grant we are keen to support as many businesses and charities as is possible within the limited funds that have been made available from Government.

The new scheme is aimed at small businesses and charities with under 50 employees, that were trading on 11 March 2020, and can demonstrate a significant drop in income and significant ongoing fixed property-related costs.

Applications are sought from:

  • Small businesses and charities in shared offices or other flexible workspaces. These include units in industrial parks, science parks and businesses within incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment.
  • Market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment. Such traders must have a permanent structure, be registered in the district and be trading three days per week within the district.
  • Any guest accomodation businesses inluding bed and breakfast, self catering, caravan and camping, which pay Council Tax instead of business rates.
  • Charity properties in reciept of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.
  • Businesses and charities:
    • Offering tour/travel services.
    • In the leisure and hospitality sector, that have been unable to find alternative means to access customers and clients.
    • That despite diversifying have still suffered significant losses or those that couldn't diversify at all by, for example, carrying out their business on line or in any other capacity. This includes sole traders and those who do not pay business rates as they work from home and who would have carried out their services in spaces which, due to Covid-19, were restricted, for example in private homes, including key trades such as plumbers, electricians, painter decorators etc.
    • In the creative and digital industries sector.
    • Located in Sub-let units (for example shops, cafes and farm shops in Garden Centres).
    • That can provide evidence they had requested a seperate business rates valuation but were not concluded by 11 March 2020.
    • Providing key leisure, community and cultural facilities.


We are here to help with any questions - please email ecodev@winchester.gov.uk or call 01962 814915.