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 - 22

Support Scheme Support organisation

Film and TV Production Restart Scheme | UK-wide

The scheme helps film and TV shows struggling to get insurance for COVID-related risks to get back into production.

HM Treasury, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

New Apprenticeship Incentive Scheme | NI only

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

Department for the Economy (DfE)

Localised Restrictions Support Scheme | NI only

Financial support to businesses which have been required to close or have had business activities at their premises directly curtailed by health protection restrictions that have been put in place by the NI Executive

Department of Finance (DOF)

Job Support Scheme (JSS) | UK-wide

Wage support for jobs in businesses that are facing lower demand due to COVID-19 (JSS Open), and businesses that are legally required to close their premises as a direct result of coronavirus restrictions (JSS Closed).

HM Treasury

Job Retention Bonus | UK-wide

A one-off payment to employers of £1,000 for every employee who they previously furloughed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and kept continuously employed until 31 January 2021.


COVID-19 Business and Financial Planning Support Programme | NI only

This programme aims to help tourism businesses assess the impacts of COVID-19 and develop a strategic recovery plan.

Tourism Northern Ireland

COVID-19 Business and Financial Planning Grant | NI only

Access up to £8,000 to support 80% of eligible costs to engage a consultant to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and develop a strategic recovery plan with financial forecasts

Invest Northern Ireland

COVID Social Enterprise Fund | NI only

Grants of up to £75,000 to help social enterprises stabilise and manage their cash flow during the coronavirus pandemic

Department for Communities (DfC)

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

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)