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Small Business Hardship Grant


  1. Overview
  2. Eligibility
  3. What you will get
  4. How to apply


South Tyneside Council has set up the Small Business Hardship Grant fund to support small businesses outside the scope of the Government's COVID-19 financial support schemes for businesses.

Businesses must be able to demonstrate hardship as a result of a significant impact on their business due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  

Businesses which have already received COVID-19 financial support will not be eligible.

This is a one off grant of £5,000 per eligible business.

There is a limited amount of funding available, so not all businesses applying will receive a grant. Applications will be subject to an appraisal process and grants will be provided at the discretion of South Tyneside Council. There will be no appeals process.


  1. The scheme is open to sole traders, limited companies and limited liability partnerships. 
  2. The business must be based in in South Tyneside.
  3. The business must be currently trading (or would be if Coronavirus restrictions were not in place) and have been trading before the 11th March 2020.
  4. The business must be able to provide clear evidence that they have not been able to access other grant schemes including;
    • Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
    • Local Restrictions Support Grant
    • Additional Restrictions Grant
    • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant
    • Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund (Small Business Recovery Fund)
    • Christmas Support Payment
    • Closed Business Support Payment
  5. The businesses should be able to demonstrate ongoing business related fixed costs (excluding wage costs) amounting to a minimum of £200.00 per month. None commercial costs will not be taken into consideration (eg domestic utility bills and none commercial vehicle costs). 
  6. The business must have a business bank account or be able to demonstrate business transactions from a personal bank account.
  7. The businesses must have less than 10 employees.
  8. The business must be able to demonstrate that they have seen a significant drop of income due to Coronavirus restriction measures.
  9. The business must provide the majority of the applicant's income

Please note Government have stated that Local Authorities should not be establishing schemes that are designed to provide financial support to individuals eg wage support. The Self-Employed Income Support Scheme and Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are in place to provide those who are self-employed and employees with income support.  

If you're not eligible for this grant, see Small Business Hardship Grant Extension.

What you will get

This is a one-off grant of £5,000 per eligible business.

How to apply

Applications can be made using the online application form below.

Before completing this form you will need:

  • A bank statement from February 2020 plus bank statements from December 2020, January 2021 and February 2021
  • A copy of your driving licence or passport
  • A business rates reference number (if applicable)
  • Evidence of ongoing fixed business costs (excluding wages) of over £200 per calendar month

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