Coronavirus business support

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

Business schemes available - 14

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COVID Recovery Programme for Heritage Individuals

Grants of up to £2,000 for self-employed or freelance individual working in the heritage sector negatively affected by the pandemic in the financial year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022.

National Lottery Heritage Fund, Department for Communities (DfC)

COVID Recovery Programme for Heritage Organisations

Grants of up to £50,000 to reduce or remove heritage organisations’ financial operating deficits which have arisen as a result of the pandemic in the 2021-2022 financial year.

National Lottery Heritage Fund, Department for Communities (DfC)

COVID Recovery Programme for Sports Organisations

Funding aimed at reducing or removing operating deficits in eligible sports organisations which have arisen in the 2021-22 financial year because of the COVID pandemic.

Sport NI, Department for Communities (DfC)

COVID Recovery Programme for Film Exhibition and Independent Cinema

Up to £50,000 in grant funding for the Film Exhibition and Independent Cinema sector to reduce or remove operating deficits in eligible organisations which have arisen in the 2021-22 financial year because of COVID.

Northern Ireland Screen, Department for Communities (DfC)

COVID Recovery Programme for Arts Organisations

Up to £50,000 in grant funding to help alleviate the significant financial pressures arts and cultural organisations face, helping them to continue to contribute to the Northern Ireland economy.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Department for Communities (DfC)

COVID Recovery Programme for Charities & Social Enterprises

Up to £50,000 in grant funding to support eligible charities and social enterprises which have been negatively affected by the pandemic and which have a financial operating deficit during 2021-22 which is attributable to COVID

Community Finance Ireland, Department for Communities (DfC)

COVID Recovery Programme for Ulster-Scots Organisations

Up to £50,000 in grant funding for Ulster-Scots organisations across Northern Ireland, to alleviate the significant financial pressures they face due to COVID in 2021-22 and help them to get back up and running again.

Ulster-Scots Agency, Department for Communities (DfC)

COVID Recovery Programme for Irish Language Organisations

Grants of up to £50,000 to assist Irish language community groups, who have suffered financially as a result of the pandemic, in rebuilding for the future, with the aim of returning to a full program of services and activities

Glór na nGael, Department for Communities (DfC)

Apprenticeship Return, Retain and Result Scheme | NI only

The Apprenticeship Return, Retain & Result Scheme (RRR) provides incentive payments to employers to support the return, retention and result for apprentices

Department for the Economy (DfE)

Recovery Loan Scheme | UK-wide

A loan scheme to support access to finance for UK business as they grow and recover from the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

HM Treasury