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 - 15

Support Scheme Support organisation

COVID-19 Digital Selling Capability Grant | NI-only

Grants of up to £20,000 for small or medium-sized Northern Ireland retailers or wholesalers to grow their online sales

Invest Northern Ireland

COVID-19 Equity Investment Fund | NI-only

Equity investment or convertible loan notes of up to a maximum of £700,000 for technology and innovative businesses

Invest Northern Ireland

Childcare Recovery Support Fund | NI-only

£10.5 million funding package for the Northern Ireland childcare sector

Department of Education

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme | UK-wide

A scheme offering discounts to diners that businesses can claim back from the government


Business Rates Relief for Retail, Hospitality, Tourism, Leisure and Childcare Sectors | NI only

Business rates exemption for full financial year of 2020-21 for sectors hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic

Land & Property Services (LPS)

Bounce Back Loan | UK-wide

Government-backed loans for UK-based small and medium-sized businesses ranging from between £2,000 and £50,000.

Accredited lenders

Future Fund | UK-wide

Government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors.

British Business Bank

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme | UK-wide

Provides a government guarantee of 80% to enable banks to make loans of up to £200 million to firms with an annual turnover of over £45 million

British Business Bank

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

If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), you can use this scheme to claim a grant.


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme | UK-wide

Government will cover 80 per cent of business staff wages, up to £2,500 per employee per month.