​On 1 May 2020 the Government announced that it will provide local authorities with limited extra funding to target small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs but that are not eligible for the current grant schemes.

How to apply

You can't apply for this funding yet. We have received the Government guidance and are working on a policy and process to allow businesses to apply. We will invite potentially eligible businesses to apply for the funding once this is in place.

Beware of scams

Some scammers are charging a fee to 'facilitate' grant claims. There is no need to pay to access government business grants. 

Some businesses have received 'phishing' emails appearing to be from Merton Council, asking them to fill in a fake application form, make a payment, or repay a grant that was 'given in error'.

Please be wary of clicking any link in an email, and remember the 'from' address on an email may be fake. When applying online for a grant from us, always start on our official website www.merton.gov.uk.

Who is eligible

Eligible business will include:

  • small businesses in shared offices or other flexible work spaces e.g. industrial parks, science parks, incubators etc., which do not have their own business rates assessment,
  • regular market traders who do not have their own business rates assessment,
  • B&Bs which pay Council Tax instead of Business Rates, and
  • charity properties in receipt of charitable Business Rates Relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.

Eligibility criteria provided by the Government stipulate that the grants can only go to businesses that:

  • have ongoing fixed building-related costs,
  • can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis,
  • have fewer than 50 employees, and
  • were trading on or before 11 March 2020.

In addition, businesses that are eligible for grants from the existing Small Business Grant Fund, Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund or Self-employed Income Support Scheme are ineligible.

At this stage, we don't have the specific details of the scheme; additional eligibility criteria may be set. The Government will provide local authorities with guidance on this new scheme shortly.

Find out more

Government announcement: Top-up to local business grant funds scheme