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 - 11

Support Scheme Support organisation

Creative Individuals Recovery Programme | NI only

Awards of up to £2,000 for individuals and freelancers working in the creative sector to help them reactivate or maintain their trade, profession or vocation, as the sector emerges from coronavirus pandemic restrictions

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

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

COVID-19 Supply Chain Resilience Development Framework (second call) | NI only

Advisory support and financial assistance up to a maximum of £25k available towards 50% of the first 12 month’s salary costs for a new, dedicated supply chain role within your business.

Invest Northern Ireland

COVID-19 Energy Efficiency Capital Grant | NI only

The COVID-19 Energy Efficiency Capital Grant (EECG) provides grant support to businesses for the installation of energy-efficient equipment that offers greater efficiency in the use of energy, providing cost savings and carbon savings

Invest Northern Ireland

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