COVID-19 Recovery Grant Scheme

The stage 1 application is no longer live. We will review all submitted stage 1 applications for suitability and fit with the scheme. Emails inviting stage 2 applications will be sent out before the end of October.

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The COVID-19 Recovery grants were announced by the government to help small and medium-sized businesses gain access to professional support, new equipment and technology.

Grants of between £1,000 - £3,000 can cover digital, legal, HR, financial, health and safety or other consultancy advice and minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology to continue to deliver a business activity or diversify in response to COVID-19. Grants cover 100 per cent of costs, excluding VAT.

Application process

The grant application process forms 2 stages.

Due to the anticipated high demand for the scheme, the stage 1 application form was live from 10am on 30 September and closed at 10am on 5 October. During the application window the number of applications received has significantly exceeded the funding currently available from the government.

The stage 1 application is no longer live. 

We will review all submitted stage 1 applications for suitability and fit with the scheme. Emails inviting stage 2 applications will be sent out before the end of October.

Unfortunately, due to the number of applications received, not every business that meets the criteria for the grant will be invited to submit a second stage application.

Those that best demonstrate the following, will be prioritised:

  • A clear impact of COVID-19 on your business
  • Your proposed activity to address the impact
  • How the proposed activity will positively impact your business through adapting products and services to meet customer needs, building resilience or minimising future business interruption

If you are not invited to submit a Stage 2 application, you will be notified by the end of October. If more funding becomes available, there may be a second round of applications.

 

The scheme is receiving funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Support for Businesses

There are measures in place to help businesses at this difficult time. The LEP can connect you to the support available.