Please check the national lockdown advice first to see if your business should be open at this time: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home
Learn about funding and grants for skills & training and community organisations in the York and North Yorkshire region.
Employment Support Schemes
A total of £1.6 billion will be invested in scaling up employment support schemes, training and apprenticeships
Businesses will be given £2,000 for each new apprentice they hire under the age of 25. This is in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the Government already provides for new 16-18-year-old apprentices and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan.
Kick Start Scheme
£2bn fund to pay for six-month work placements for 16 to 24-year-olds on universal credit. Payments cover national minimum wage for 25 hours per week, plus national insurance and pension contributions for Great Britain. £1,500 grant per trainee for employers who take on new trainees aged 16-24 in England, aiming to triple trainee numbers. The funds aims to support training and any set up costs such as uniforms.
Employment and skills share
The York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub has created a new Facebook group called Employment & Skills Exchange which is open to everyone to support our business communities and help keep business going. Please join the group, promote and post.
York & North Yorkshire Jobs Fuse brings the expertise of the National Careers Service, the Department for Work and Pensions and the York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub together to provide a one stop shop for both job seekers and local employers.
Our learning toolkit helps individuals and businesses access the knowledge they need to progress and grow. In these challenging times, we are supporting employers by providing details of the online skills resources provided by our partners that will help build resilience in your business and your workforce.
DfE Skills Toolkit
DfE have launched the Skills Toolkit. This online platform gives people easy access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help them build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.
Funding and support for apprentices
The government has confirmed that apprentices can continue with funded training when employers use the job retention scheme, subject to being paid the apprenticeship minimum wage for the time they spend training. Further details can be found here.
Incentive payments for employers
The government has also introduced incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice. If you hire a new apprentices between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021, you could get:
- £2,000 for apprentices aged 16 to 24
- £1,500 for apprentices aged 25 and over
You can apply from 1 September 2020, and spend the payment on anything you need to support your organisation. This is in addition to the £1,000 payment that the government already gives to help employers meet the needs of some groups of apprentices in the workplace. Further guidance for employers is available here.
The incentive payment is also applicable if you hire apprentices who has been made redundant during the pandemic, as long as they are new to your business. These apprentices will already have valuable skills and experience, so they can make an impact straight away.
Government guidance for the charity sector is available here.
For an up to date overview of community funding visit Community First Yorkshire here.
- Prince’s Countryside Fund has emergency funding for organisations around the UK providing emergency relief to vulnerable/isolated individuals or to farmers/farming communities affected. Social enterprises, CICs, companies limited by guarantee are all eligible.
Businesses, charities and community groups
- Tesco’s Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund has emergency grants of £500 to organisations supporting vulnerable groups. The streamlined application and payment process means a quick turnaround.
- If you’re a small business (this includes village halls and community buildings) you may be eligible for the government’s Business Support Grant Funding.
- Charities and social enterprises with an income of up to £1m can apply for a £10k emergency grant from Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) to help support the running of their organisation at this critical time. There is a quick turnaround of a 14-day payment. Apply here.
- Two Ridings Community Foundation is working with the National Emergencies Trust to establish a fund with grants up to £2,000 to support community groups through this unprecedented time. The focus of the fund will be to offer community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus. Applications to this fund will be assessed on an ongoing basis subject to available funds. Apply here.
- City of York Council have diverted their Safer Communities funding to ward committees to help local charities, community groups and other agencies delivering support to residents in need.
- NatWest and The Prince’s Trust are offering grants of up to £5,000 to 18 to 30-year-olds who are self-employed or running their own businesses.
- Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust is providing grants to charities working with 0-3 year-olds in England and Wales.
- Barclays has set up a £100m foundation to address the pandemic. £50m will be committed to supporting charities working with vulnerable people, the other half to match funds raised by employees to back initiatives supporting local communities through the crisis.
- Big Society Capital and partnershave created the Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund, which enables social lenders to provide emergency loans (no interest, no fee for 12 months) to social enterprises and charities without requiring personal guarantees. It’s part of a £100m emergency fund (expected to grow as further investment is raised) which also covers loans to small businesses in deprived areas.
- Crowdfunder, the crowdfunding platform, has removed fees for charity and community group users during the crisis.
- Fair4All Finance has created a Covid-19 Resilience Fund to provide up to £5m in grant funding to CDFIs and credit unions in England, plus an expanded Affordable Credit Scale-up Programme to help the sector deliver affordable credit to people in vulnerable circumstances in the future.
- John Lewis Partnership has announced a £1m Community Support Fund to help communities across the UK to help those in need.
- The Leathersellers’ Company has a fast track application process for one-off grants of up to £3,000 for registered charities. Current focus on homelessness, provision of food and essential supplies, victims of domestic violence and nursing care to vulnerable patients.
- Martin Lewis from MoneySaving Expert has offered £1m in grants of £5,000 to £20,000 for small registered charities, or local arms of bigger charities, across the UK.
Sports and arts
- Arts Council England have announced an emergency package of funding for individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector.
- Help Musicians have launched the Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund for eligible musicians to apply for up to a one-off payment of £500.
- The Film & TV Charity have an Urgent Financial Support fund and will soon be launching an Emergency Relief Fund in partnership with the BFI. You can read more about both here.
- Sport England have made £195m of funding available to help the sport and physical activity sector.
- Youth Music has set up an Emergency Fund – grants of up to £10,000 for ‘music-making organisations affected by coronavirus’.
- The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50m emergency fund for the heritage sector. Grants between £3k and £50k are available.
Vulnerable and at risk groups
- The Clothworkers Foundation has capital grants of up to £5k to help groups working with vulnerable or at risk people.
- If you work with people who may be struggling to pay their energy bills because of the impact of the Coronavirus, the British Gas Energy Trust can help.
As part of our online business support webinar programme, we are delighted to be partnering with Michelle Mook, Managing Director of Pro-Development, to deliver a series of nine Leadership webinars starting on 26 November.
To celebrate the start of Circular Yorkshire Month today (2nd Nov), York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub and Too Good to Go have teamed up to offer a great promotion to businesses in the region.
19th January 202112:00 pm - 1:00 pmFREE
This free webinar will provide attendees with an understanding of how to forecast costs within their business.
20th January 202112:00 pm - 1:00 pmFREE
In this free webinar, you will learn how a employer can make changes to a business' structure and how to vary an employees’ terms and conditions with fair consultation.
The York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub have teamed up with business coach Gareth Allen to pose some useful questions to ask yourself, and give you some ideas to make changes.
The York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub have teamed up with Michelle Mook to help leaders understand how to communicate for buy-in and work with a strategy and approach to support and embed change.