The below figures show total applications received, total applications processed and total payments processed to date as of Wednesday 20th October 2021.
The Economic Recovery Group announced the extension of support measures for businesses and self-employed persons that were negatively impacted by the rise in COVID-19 cases throughout July 2021 and August 2021.
The extended support comprised an additional round of funding facilitated through the existing Business Premises Support Scheme and Coronavirus Business Support Scheme.
Support was available for those customer facing businesses who were unable to work from home and were affected by self-isolation requirements of business owners and staff or drop in customer demand.
Eligible applicants which operate from commercial premises could apply to receive either a grant equivalent to one years' rates bill for each of their commercial premises, or a single grant payment of £1,000 if their annual rates bill(s) is less than £1,000.
Eligible applicants who do not operate from commercial premises, or do not contribute to the cost of rates for the commercial premises, could apply to receive a single grant payment of £1,000.
Applicants were entitled to claim either a grant equivalent to one years’ business premises rates payment, or a lump sum payment of £1,000.
Applications for the August payment round opened on Wednesday 1st September, and closed on Friday 15th October at 5:30pm.
Applications for the July payment round closed for applications on Friday 17th September at 5:30pm.
The intention of the Scheme is to primarily support businesses in the following sectors:
Excluded sectors are any business which falls into the below sectors:
Please read the eligibility criteria, available in Section 1.3d of the Scheme Guidance for the relevant funding round carefully to ensure your eligibility before making an application.
Potential applicants who are unsure of their eligibility are encouraged to contact the Department for Enterprise by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by telephone on 687333 or by completing an online enquiry form.
Applications for this scheme have now closed.
Alongside this support, businesses and self-employed individuals may also be able to benefit from the following schemes (subject to certain eligibility requirements):