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 - 12

Support Scheme Support organisation

COVID-19 Digital Selling Capability Grant Second Call | NI only

The COVID-19 Digital Selling Capability Grant (DSCG) will help established retail and wholesale businesses in Northern Ireland to grow their business online - the second call for applications is now open

Invest Northern Ireland

Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Top-Up Scheme | NI only

The Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Top-Up Scheme provides financial support of up to £10,000 to businesses that received the £25,000 Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Grant in 2020 and have not been paid under the Localised Restrictions Support Scheme or Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme: Part B, subject to some exclusions

Department of Finance (DoF)

Small Business Support Grant Top-Up Scheme | NI only

The Small Business Support Grant Top-Up Scheme provides financial support of up to £5,000 to businesses that received the £10,000 Small Business Support Grant in 2020 and have not been paid more than £5,000 under the Localised Restrictions Support Scheme or Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme: Part B, subject to some exclusions

Department of Finance (DoF)

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

New Apprenticeship Incentive Scheme | NI only

Financial incentive available to all employers to support the recruitment of new apprentices

Department for the Economy (DfE)

12-month rates holiday | NI only

Business rates exemption for the full financial year of 2021-22 for specific sectors hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.

Land & Property Services (LPS)

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) | UK-wide

Grants to self-employed individuals or members of a partnership whose businesses have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19)

HM Revenue & Customs

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme | UK-wide

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) - also known as the furlough scheme - allows you to claim a grant to cover a portion of an employee's usual monthly wage costs for hours not worked.

HM Revenue & Customs

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate | UK-wide

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will repay employers the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid to current or former employees.

HM Revenue & Customs