UK Government ‘support finder’ tool will help businesses and self-employed people to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic.
The purpose of the grant is to support freelancers who continue to face financial challenges in the period from April 2021 - September 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
FREELANCER GRANT – WHO CAN APPLY?
Support is available to assist freelancer professionals whose work has direct creative/cultural outcomes, who work in the five key sub sectors:
• The Arts;
• Creative Industries;
• Arts and Heritage;
• Culture and Heritage.
Our priority for this round is helping those who remain affected by the COVID – 19 outbreak (musicians / those working in events, theatre etc).
Freelancers from the wedding and events industries are eligible to apply in this round.
To find out more please visit the eligibility checker on https://fundchecker.businesswales.gov.wales/culture
FAQs AVAILABLE HERE FAQs FREELANCER 2
APPLICATION GUIDANCE AVAILABLE HERE APPLICATION GUIDANCE FREELANCER 2
Further support for Welsh businesses
Businesses in Wales still affected by coronavirus restrictions will be able to claim up to £25,000 more in support to help meet ongoing costs.
This latest support package will help those businesses, which remain affected by restrictions, to meet ongoing costs through to the end of June as they prepare for re-opening and more normal trading conditions.
Businesses that stand to benefit include:
Nightclubs and late entertainment venues;
Events and conference venues not covered by the Welsh Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF);
Hospitality and leisure businesses, including restaurants, pubs and cafes, supply chain business which have been materially impacted by restrictions.
An eligibility checker will open on the Business Wales website at midday on 17 May so businesses can find out how much support they are likely to be entitled to and how to apply.
See more details and how to apply: Business Wales Financial Support and Grants
Businesses in the Hospitality, leisure and retail sectors with a Rateable Value of below £500,000 are eligible for 100% business rates relief for the financial year 2021/2022.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme November 2020 - April 2021
Under the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers with a PAYE scheme will be able to access support to continue paying their employees’ salary for those who would otherwise have been laid off due to COVID-19.
The Job Support Scheme is designed to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to Covid-19, to help keep their employees attached to the workforce. The scheme will open on 1 November 2020 and run for 6 months.
For more information: Job Support Scheme
For more information: Guidance for employees, employers and businesses
Self-employment Income Support Scheme (claim on or before 19 October 2020)
For more information: Self Employment Income Support Scheme
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension
The grant extension is for self-employed individuals who are currently eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and are actively continuing to trade, but are facing reduced demand due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
For more information: Support for Self Employed
For more information: Welsh Government: Grant to help Fishing Sector
Information for Businesses open during Coronavirus
Information for Small Business Support Scheme
If you are an employer looking to create jobs placements for young people, apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.
Ensuring that your business is COVID-19 safe and compliant while remaining productive and profitable can feel like a huge challenge. But help is available, at no cost to manufacturing businesses in Wales, through SMART Innovation programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
From helping your business to operate safely and meet the necessary guidelines, to working with you to identify other opportunities to make your company more productive and profitable, SMART Innovation is here to help. Make your business safe, efficient and productive today.
Hundreds of businesses have already benefited from the SMART Innovation programme.
Find out more now: Innovation Support
*The UK Government has guaranteed funding for European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) projects until programme closure.
We would also like to hear from businesses in order that we can understand how much support is required.
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Useful links and other support available: Useful Links