Cornwall Council – Discretionary ‘Top-Up’ Grant Funding

Further to our update earlier this week (see here), we contacted Cornwall Council in order to enquire as to when they anticipate issuing guidance in relation to the discretionary grant funding. Please find the response that we have received below:

“To help gauge the level of need, we will be asking small businesses in Cornwall that do not qualify for the government’s original scheme to complete a short survey – we hope to have this live by the end of this week. The survey aims to establish the need from businesses that think they could benefit from the discretionary fund. Government guidance says they expect the first payments to be received by businesses in early June and Cornwall Council are aiming to meet this timescale.”

Will keep a look out for the survey, and provide an update when more information/guidance is released by Cornwall Council.

We have also asked the Council of the Isles of Scilly as to whether the action they intend to take in relation to the Discretionary ‘Top-Up’ Grant Funding, and will again provide more detail when we receive a response.

Updated 19 May 2020 – The Council of the Isles of Scilly responded advising that “like Cornwall we are working on the draft local policy and local criteria. We have very limited funding (£211,000) so we are working to create the fair and transparent process to ensure that this funding of last resort reaches those in the greatest need.

We aim to get the first payments out in June, the application process is going through the consultation and approval stage and we hope to have it published by the end of next week at the latest.