Covid-19 emergency grants for organisations, community groups and charities

Business funding

Start up grants

The Lichfield District start up grant scheme offers a one-off grant of £3,000 for residents who have been made redundant or currently economically inactive and seeking to start up a business within the financial year 21/22.

The grants, which require no match funding, can be spent on:

  • Capital equipment (one item), excluding, laptops, mobile phones and tablets
  • Marketing
  • Professional qualifications or training

The Low Carbon Business Evolution Programme (LCBEP)

The Low Carbon Business Evolution Programme helps businesses across Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire reduce their carbon footprint and increase energy efficiency.

Eligible businesses can receive:

  • A free specialist low carbon review around energy efficiency
  • A Low Carbon Enterprise Grant of between £2,000 - £20,000 (up to 60% of your net costs covered)

The capital grant enables investment to help make your business local carbon. For the installation of energy efficiency measures in buildings and processes which will reduce carbon

Future Fund

The Future Fund issues convertible loans to innovative UK companies with good potential that typically rely on equity investment and are currently affected by Covid-19.

The scheme, will help these companies through the current period of economic disruption and the recovery, so they are able to continue their growth trajectory and reach their full economic potential.

The scheme is designed by government and delivered by the British Business Bank. The scheme is initially open for applications from 20 May until the end of September 2020.

Business Booster Fund

MarketFinance has launched a Business Booster Fund that will make grants of £5,000 available to UK small businesses and eligible charities. Any business in any sector can apply, as long as it’s been trading for at least two years and is showing positive growth. Find out more about the Business Booster Fund.

Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Eligible dairy farmers will be able to access up to £10,000, to cover 70% of their lost income during April and May to ensure they can continue to operate and sustain production capacity without impacts on animal welfare. More detail on this fund will be issued in due course.

UKRI: UK Research and Innovation

Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Grants will be awarded at 80% of the full economic cost for research council funding, applications are invited online.