Additional Funding for Businesses

8 Apr 2020

Support for the sport and physical activity sector.

Sport England are making up to £195 million of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector through the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

The package, which is a combination of National Lottery and government funding, is made up of the following: 

  • A £20 million Community Emergency Fund, which will be opened immediately for clubs and community organisations to bid into. Grants between £300 and £10,000 are available
  • A £5 million pot for existing partners to bid into if they're facing specific financial difficulty
  • An additional £55 million to support our sector during an ongoing period of restrictions, to fund new and innovative ways to keep people active and, when the period of restrictions is over, to help organisations get back to business and adjust to a different environment 
  • A £115 million rollover of current funding into 2021/22 to give long term certainty to over 100 well established partners who play a vital role in the delivery of sport and physical activity in England. 

Alongside this, given cashflow concerns in the sector, Sport England have also agreed to consider requests to release six months of the coming year’s funding (50% of awards) to our partners, meaning additional funding will be available sooner. 

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund

The £5million Enterprise Relief Fund will offer grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. In conjunction with cash grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to anyone who needs it and who may be worried about their future.

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.

Support for artist organisations and individuals.

Arts council England are making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis Art Council England are making £20 million available to individuals working in the cultural sector, including artists, creative practitioners and freelancers.

Financial support for artists, creative practitioners and freelancers. Creative practitioners whose main work is focused on these artforms and disciplines could be eligible:

  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Visual Arts
  • Literature
  • Combined Arts
  • Museums practice
  • Libraries (activity that helps deliver the Universal Library Offers)

This work includes: choreographers, writers, translators, producers, editors, freelance educators in the disciplines and artforms they support, composers, directors, designers, artists, craft makers and curators

Round                  Open                  Deadline           

Round one          09 April 2020      16 April 2020

Round two          16 April 2020      30 April 2020

 

Support for subject specialist neworks.

Art Fund network grants provide funding to support Subject Specialist Networks (SSNs) and other curatorial and professional networks in sharing expertise across the museum sector, for the benefit of collections and audiences.

Bristol and Bath R+D have created a simple list of schemes aimed at helping creative and cultural workers in the short term. 

Support for music-making organisations.

Youth Music has announced a new Emergency Fund to offer additional support to music-making organisations affected by coronavirus. The Emergency Fund is designed to support organisations facing the following challenges:

  • Cashflow – organisations are seeing threats to their income, in particular from charged-for services and from contracts. This has significant implications for honouring employment and freelance contracts and core ongoing costs. At the time of writing there is still a lack of clarity about eligibility of government support measures and when any funding might be released.
  • Maintaining services – there are/will be challenges in continuing to deliver core services through staff or volunteer absence, social distancing measures, increased childcare responsibilities, venues being closed etc. 
  • Adapting services – delivering services in new ways, which can be more expensive, have high set-up costs (e.g. IT infrastructure, buying tech or instruments for tutors and young people) or require new policies or expertise.
  • Children and young people – the impact of the situation on children and young people’s mental and physical health; the negative implications for some vulnerable children of being out of school; keeping in contact now that the normal music sessions have ceased; engaging young people in new forms of learning; reaching children beyond digital access (e.g. disabled young people; those who don’t have devices or an internet connection).

Support for small businesses on Facebook.

Facebook Business are looking to fund 30,000 eligible small businesses in more than 30 countries. To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Have between 2 and 50 employees
  • Have been in business for over a year
  • Have experienced challenges from COVID-19
  • Be in or near a location where Facebook operates

This grants programme will launch in the coming weeks. Facebook are still working through eligibility details for you’re the UK but sign up on their website for future updates. In the meantime, you can visit our Business Resource Hub for helpful resources.

Support for Community organisations

Quartet Community Foundation (QCF) awards grants to support community based work that has a charitable purpose. Primarily grants are awarded to organisations based and working in the West of England to benefit local people and where a relatively small amount of funding can make a significant difference.

Support for skills and training in organisations.

CITB Skills and Training Fund has been refreshed and now encompasses two strands supporting; micro and small companies (up to 100 employees), medium sized businesses (up to 250 employees) to become a wider offer for employers. CITB has adapted to the COVID-19 situation by amending the scope of activity that will be supported offering more flexibility on what businesses can apply for.

The fund comprises of two streams:

  • A Skills and Training fund for micro and small businesses where businesses can apply for a maximum of £10,000 (full details and how to apply) depending on the size of the employer.
  • A Skills and Training fund for medium-sized businesses where employers with up to 250 employees are eligible to receive up to £25,000 (full details and how to apply).  

Based on employer need the fund will allow businesses to define then address their particular challenges. The focus has broadened from productivity and innovation, to helping employers with business sustainability and skill retention – key concerns for the construction industry in the extraordinary circumstances we find ourselves in at the moment.

Support for innovation projects.

Business-led innovation in response to global disruption UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million to respond to new and urgent needs in UK and global communities during and following the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Competition opens: Friday 3 April 2020
  • Competition closes: Friday 17 April 2020 12:00pm

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £20 million in innovation projects. By fast-tracking innovation, the UK will be better placed to maintain employment levels, a competitive position in global markets and make the UK more resilient to similar disruption.

Your application must demonstrate both realistic and significant benefits for society (including communities, families and individuals) or an industry that has been severely impacted and/or permanently disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.