Apply now for a Local Authority Discretionary Grant and other help for businesses


Apply now for a Local Authority Discretionary Grant

Applications close at 6pm on Thursday 11 June

Do you run a business with fewer than 50 employees that didn’t qualify for other coronavirus-related grants?

If so, you may be able to receive a grant from the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund.

Eligibility criteria apply.

Find out more and apply online at

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BEIS webinars on working safely available on YouTube

As mentioned in a previous bulletin, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has been running a range of working safely webinars for business.

The webinars cover various working situations, from factories to vehicles.

If you missed any of the webinars, you can view them now on the Business Support channel on YouTube.

Guidance for businesses on NHS test and trace

The NHS has published guidance on how employers and businesses can play their part in the NHS test and trace programme to slow the spread of the virus, protect the health and care system and save lives.

The guidance is available now on the GOV.UK website.

Second round of grants for self-employed workers announced

The government has announced a second and final round of grants through the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

The eligibility criteria will be the same as the first round.

Applications for these grants will open in August with more information announced on the GOV.UK website later this month.

Find out more about the SEISS on the GOV.UK website.

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant for their normal hours not worked.

The scheme will close to new entrants from 30 June. This means that the final date by which an employer can furlough an employee for the first time will be 10 June.

Further guidance on flexible furloughing and how employers should calculate claims will be published on 12 June.

Find out more information on how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing.

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