Discretionary grant fund

Applications are now being assessed against the criteria and reviewed by a panel of experts with decisions to applicants planned by the end of June 2020.  We will notify all applicants of the outcome of their application. 

If the fund is not fully spent and it is appropriate to do so a further application window will open. Check back here for further information.

Winchester City Council has been awarded an additional £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.

We have been asked to prioritise the following sectors for the funding:

•           Small businesses and charities in shared offices or other flexible workspaces;
•           Market traders with fixed building costs;
•           Bed & Breakfasts 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

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