Coronavirus: £10,000 Small Business Support Grant Scheme
Registration for the £10,000 Small Business Support Grant is now closed
A further payment of £5,000 will be automatically issued to businesses that received the £10,000 Small Business Support Grant and have not been paid under the Localised Restrictions Support Scheme or Covid Restrictions Business Support Scheme: Part B, subject to scheme eligibility in line with the associated Regulations.
Further information, including clarification on eligibility for new businesses, will be published shortly at Coronavirus: £177 million in new grants to support Northern Ireland businesses.
Registration for the scheme closed on Wednesday 20 May 2020 and all applications have now been processed.
Appeals will no longer be accepted from unsuccessful applicants who did not submit their appeal within 2 weeks of their rejection notice. This is effective from 20 October 2020.
Further information - FAQs and email support
Find further information in the frequently asked questions on the Small Business Support Grant (PDF, 1.06MB).
A helpline was available on Tel 0300 200 7809 from 27 March until 12 June 2020 to support applicants registering for the business support grants. The helpline is now closed. If you have enquiries about the £10,000 Small Business Grant Scheme please email email@example.com.
Scheme applications and awarding of funds
By closure on Wednesday 20 May 2020, the £10,000 Grant scheme for small business ratepayers in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief or Industrial Derating had attracted 24,042 applications and a further 1,885 applications were received under the separate rental scheme, bringing the total number of applications to 24,227.
Initial payments were issued automatically to ratepayers who paid their business rates to LPS by Direct Debit within a week of the scheme being announced. As of Friday 16 October, a total of 24,611 small businesses in Northern Ireland have been provided with support through the Small Business Grant Scheme. Most payments were issued to applicants who had applied online. Payments were made through Account NI to a value of £246,053 (8 applications were paid at a reduced rate of £5,000 having previously availed of the Micro Business Scheme).
Repaying the grant
If you have received payment but you are not eligible for this grant, email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to return the grant money and enable government to use this money to support other businesses who require assistance during this time.
First published 19 March 2020