Discretionary Grant Fund

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Overview

The Discretionary Grant Fund (DGF) is aimed at businesses that were not eligible to claim the initial government COVID-19 grants linked to rates relief.

The levels of grant funding available are as follows:

  • Micro businesses – £5,000
  • Small businesses – £10,000

All eligible businesses who need the money should apply, but we must stress that there is only enough money available in the government fund to provide meaningful support to a very small percentage of eligible businesses that complete the application.

Some businesses based in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse are ineligible for the current government grants or have been unsuccessful in their applications, so we’ve put together a list of alternative funding streams and ways that you can help to let people know about your services.

 

The South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils’ Discretionary Grant Fund will open for applications on Wednesday 03 June at 12pm for a two week period, closing on Wednesday 17 June at 12pm. You will be able to apply via an online form on the SVBS website. 

Applications will be assessed and decision letters will be emailed to applicants from 22 June. Successful applicants will need to sign the acceptance letter and return this to the council by email. Once we have received this letter, the grant will be paid.

 

We recommend reading our eligibility checklist to ensure that you are eligible to apply for our Discretionary Grant Fund. Read it here.

 

We will be using the below Scoring Matrices to fairly assess each individual application. Grants will be awarded from the highest to lowest scoring applications until all the funding has been allocated.

Please note that the matrix for South Oxfordshire District Council is slightly different to the Vale of White Horse District Council matrix.

South Oxfordshire District Council

PointsCriteria to ScoreExample
0-100Percentage of monthly/annual
expenditure is fixed property-related
costs

Evidence:
i. Evidence: copy of bank
statements or bills for 1 April to
30 June 2019 demonstrating the
monthly costs AND

ii. Evidence: a statement or letter
from landlord that the rent has
been deferred and not waived 1
March to 31 May 2020 (if
applicable).
If 70% of monthly expenditure
is fixed property related costs,
a score of 70 will be given.

If 10% of monthly expenditure
is fixed property related costs,
a score of 10 will be given.
0-100Percentage of income loss 1 March
31 May 2020 compared to 1 March – 31 May 2019

i. Evidence: bank statement for 1
March – 31 May 2019 and 1 March – 31 May 2020
If income loss is 70%, a score of 70 will be given.

If income loss is 10%, a score of 10 will be given.
0-50Number of employees (FTE)

i. Evidence: PAYE statements or
accounts for March 2020
If the business employs 25 FTE, a score of 25 will be given.

If a business employs 1 FTE, a score of 1 will be given.
50Supply chain impact – if the predominate customer base is other businesses

i. Evidence: statement from business
A B&B where customers are visitors to local businesses
0Supply chain impact – if the predominate customer base is the
general public

i. Evidence: statement from business

 

Vale of White Horse District Council

PointsCriteria to ScoreExample
0-100Percentage of monthly/annual expenditure is fixed property-related costs

i. Evidence: copy of bank statement or bill for 1 April to 30 June 2019 AND

ii. Evidence: a statement or letter from landlord that the rent has been deferred and not waived 1 March to 31 May 2020 (if applicable).
If 70% of monthly expenditure is fixed property related costs, a score of 70 will be given.

If 10% of monthly expenditure is fixed property related costs, a score of 10 will be given.
0-100Percentage of income loss 1 March - 31 May 2020 compared to 1 March – 31 May 2019

i. Evidence: bank statement for 1 March – 31 May 2019 and 1 March – 31 May 2020
If income loss is 70%, a score of 70 will be given.

If income loss is 10%, a score of 10 will be given.
0-50Number of employees (Full Time Equivalent – FTE)

i. Evidence: PAYE statements or accounts for March 2020
If the business employs 25 FTE, a score of 25 will be given.

If a business employs 1 FTE a score of 1 will be given