Freedom of information response

COVID-19 Local Authority Grant Schemes

Publication date: 
Thursday 3 September 2020
Request: 

i) The number of individual payments and total sum paid specifically to charities and not for profit organisations between 24th March to 28th July 2020 under the following schemes: 

  • Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) scheme
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grants Fund (RHLGF)
  • Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund

ii) A copy of (or link to)  the form and any associated application guidance  required to be used for the application of the above 

iii) The number of total applications made to each scheme, and the total number rejected for each scheme 

iv) The number of total applications made by charities and not for profit organisations to each scheme, and the total number rejected for each scheme  

v) If the council has during the period of 24th March - 28th July created or contributed to any other COVID grant or loan schemes to the local community, voluntary and social enterprise sector. The total sum of the contribution and the total number of recipient organisations 

We are aware that the government has published transparency data on the total number of hereditaments but unfortunately this is not broken down by the legal status or structure of the applying organisations. 

Response: 

1)

  • Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) scheme
  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grants Fund (RHLGF) - Information is not available at scheme level however the total for both SBGF and RHLGF are 78 Grants paid for a total of £1,650,000
  • Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund - Unfortunately we are unable to provide this information as the charitable status was not recorded.

2)   https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/business-rates/coronavirus-covid-19-assistance

3) 

SBGF and RHLGF = 2157 applications of which 433 did not qualify

Discretionary – Not available, scheme still in progress

4) 

SBGF and RHLGF = 94 applications of which 16 did not qualify

Discretionary – Not available as charitable status not recorded

5) N/A

We are aware that the government has published transparency data on the total number of hereditaments but unfortunately this is not broken down by the legal status or structure of the applying organisations. 

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Request reference:
FOI 10155