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COVID-19 Support & Funding

15 Apr 2020

This is such a difficult time for everyone, and many organisations are trying to help with funding to keep businesses, communities and people financially afloat.


We've put together a list of the support we know about - we'll keep updating it as we know more so please check back to see if there are updates. 

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If there's anything missing then please let us know and we will add these on.

The table below lists the schemes and the groups who are most likely to be eligible for them - but every organisation is different so if you think a scheme might apply to you then please take a further look at it. These are unprecedented times so we would encourage you to take whatever funding is available to you if it will help you.

We've given an overview of each scheme but again, please check the detail to see if it is suitable for you or your organisation.

Summary of schemes 


Theatre
Museum
Pub/Bar/ Restaurant
Community Group
Other Business
Freelancer
Government Support for Businesses
X
X
X
X
X
X
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
X
X
X
X
X

Job Retention Scheme (Furlough)
X
X
X
X
X

Government Grant Schemes
X
X
X
X
X

Facebook Grants
X
X
X
X
X

The Prince's Trust
X
X
X
X
X

York Micro Business Grant
X
X
X
X
X
X
Pay it Forward
X
X
X
X
X

Arts Council Emergency Fund
X
X

X


National Emergencies Trust



X


National Lottery Heritage Fund

X




Youth Music Network Emergency Fund




X

Neighbourly Community Fund



X


Film & TV Emergency Fund





X
Crew Nation Relief Fund





X
Government Self-employment Income Support Scheme





X
X
Government Support for Charities



X


Government Bounce Back Loan
X
X
X
X
X

Government Discretionary Fund
X
X
X
X
X


Government Support for Businesses

There are a range of support measures in place for businesses - we cover some of them in more detail below, but please make sure you're familiar with all the support available. There is a new tool to help you find the support you might be able to access - Click here to access the tool. The full range of measures can be found here.

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Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is for small and medium-sized businesses, with an annual turnover of up to £45 million. It gives access to loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million for up to 6 years. (If your turnover is greater than £45m then you can look at the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility instead, or the new Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme). The government will cover the first 12 months of interest payments and any lender-levied fees - so no upfront costs and lower initial repayments. The scheme is delivered through commercial lenders, and applications need to made to one of these lenders - the application process is different for each lender.

Click here for full details of CBILS

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Job Retention Scheme (Furlough)

If you employ staff through PAYE then you may be able to put some of these staff on furlough. They cannot do any work for you, but the government will give you a grant to cover 80% of their wages while they are not working. You can choose to top this up to 100% if you are able.

Click here for full details of the Job Retention Scheme

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Government Grant Schemes

If you occupy a business property where you are responsible for paying the business rates (even if your bill is zero because you are entitled to rate relief) then you may be eligible for a reduction in your bill, and you may also be eligible for a grant of up to £25,000.

Click here for full details of Business Rate Relief

Click here for full details of the Grant Schemes

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Facebook Grants

Facebook have announced a programme to help small businesses through grants and advertising credits. The UK scheme isn’t live yet, but you can sign up to get notified when it is.

Click here for full details of Facebook Grants

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The Prince's Trust

If you’re lucky enough to be under 30, The Prince’s Trust is offering cash grants, as well as other support. To be eligible to apply, you must be a business owner aged 18 to 30, who set up their business in the last four years and don't have any other source of income during the crisis.
If you set up your business with support from The Prince’s Trust in the last four years, you are still eligible for the fund if you were aged 18-30 at the time you received this support. 

Click here for full details from The Prince's Trust

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York Micro Business Grant

**** This has been temporarily suspended, and will be used to deliver the Discretionary Grant Fund instead ****

This grant fund is targeted at small, micro and one person businesses that are not eligible for the grants and rate relief packages offered by the government. It is for businesses of 1 person to 50 people, including the self-employed and sole traders. A total of £1m is available, with the maximum grant being £1,000. The grants will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis for eligible applicants. 500 free memberships of the Federation of Small Businesses are also available to York firms with 30 or fewer members of staff.

Click here for full details of the York Micro Business Grant

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Pay it Forward

Crowdfunder and Enterprise Nation have set up a Pay it Forward site to enable small businesses to pre-sell their services now on a promise to their customers that they can redeem them later to help them through the coronavirus crisis. Businesses can set up a Pay it Forward campaign to pre-book things like meals, a room for the night or a ticket to an event based on a promise to deliver in the future. Crowdfunder is covering all platform and transaction fees.

Click here for full details of Pay it Forward

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Arts Council Emergency Fund

Arts Council England has launched a £160m emergency fund for individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector. If you or your projects have been funded by public money in the past, and your main work includes Combined arts, Dance, Libraries, Literature, Museums, Music, Theatre or Visual arts then you may be eligible.

Click here for details for individuals

Click here for details for National Portfolio organisations

Click here for details for organisations outside of the the National Portfolio

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National Emergencies Trust

Smaller charities, not for profit organisations, social enterprises and unregistered community groups can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to help them deliver support to vulnerable groups within their communities. Organisations should contact their local community foundation to apply for funding - some of these foundations are currently offering funding to organisations they have funded before, but are hoping to open later rounds to a wider group.

Select your area below, or Click here to find your local community foundation

Leeds

Bradford

York (North & East Yorks, York & Hull)

Calderdale

Kirklees

South Yorkshire

Manchester

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National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50 million fund to support the heritage sector. The £50m fund is available for grants of between £3,000 and £50,000. It is available to organisations across the full breadth of heritage, including historic sites, industrial and maritime heritage, museums, libraries and archives, parks and gardens, landscapes and nature.

Click here for full details of the National Lottery Heritage Fund

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Youth Music Network Emergency Fund

Youth Music has launched an emergency fund to offer additional support to music-making organisations affected by coronavirus. Grants of up to £10,000 are available

Click here for full details of the Youth Music Network Emergency Fund

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Neighbourly Community Fund

Neighbourly are providing micro-grants of up to £400 to support good causes that are helping communities affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. They are currently only accepting applications from existing Neighbourly charities and community groups. 

Click here for full details of the Neighbourly Community Fund

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Film & TV Emergency Fund

The Film and TV COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund will provide one-off grants from £500 to £2,500 to active workers in film, TV and cinema facing significant financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Covid-19 Repayable Grants Scheme offers financial support to UK film, TV and cinema freelancers waiting for payments under the Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). Grants of up to £2,000 will be offered to those eligible for Self-Employment Income Support but who are struggling with the wait for payments due in June.

Click here for full details of the Emergency Relief Fund

Click here for full details of the Repayable Grants Scheme

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Crew Nation Relief Fund

The Crew Nation fund is there to help support live music crews who have been directly impacted as shows are put on pause due to COVID-19. Applications are now open for anyone who has been financially impacted from shows originally scheduled to take place in March or April 2020. If the intermission continues, a new application period for shows originally scheduled to take place in May will open.

Click here for full details of Crew Nation Relief Fund

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Government Self-employment Income Support Scheme

This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 a month. It will be available for 3 months, but may be extended. The online service is not currently available, and payments are expected to be made in June.

Click here for full details of Self-employment Income Support Scheme

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Government Support for Charities

The Chancellor set out a funding package for charities, including a £750 million pot for frontline charities across the UK – including hospices and those supporting domestic abuse victims, and £360 million direct from government departments and £370 million for smaller charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund.

There is currently no detail on the application for these funds - we expect details to appear here as they are finalised.

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Government Bounce Back Loans

The Government has introduced a new loan scheme for businesses who need to borrow up to £50,000. It's a simple application form, no repayments for 12 months, and after that the interest rate is just 2.5%.

Click here for full details of the Bounce Back Loans

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Government Discretionary Fund

The Government has announced a fund which will be used by local authorities to provide grants to businesses who have not been eligible for other schemes. Local authorities are being asked to prioritise businesses in shared spaces, regular market traders, small charity properties that would meet the criteria for Small Business Rates Relief, and bed and breakfasts that pay council tax rather than business rates. But they can choose to make payments to other businesses based on local economic need. 

Businesses must be small, under 50 employees, and they must also be able to demonstrate that they have seen a significant drop of income due to Coronavirus restriction measures. Grants of up to £25,000 will be available.

Applications open from 1st June and are through your local authority - search for 'discretionary grant scheme' or see the links below for local schemes.

York - click here

Leeds - click here

Bradford - click here

Kirklees - click here

Selby - click here

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