SME and Kick-starting tourism grant funding

Stage 1 applications for the SME and Kick-starting tourism grant funding close at 10am on Monday 5 October

The government has announced new SME and Kick-starting tourism grant funding to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) gain access to professional support, new equipment and technology.

The grant can cover digital, legal, HR, financial, health and safety or other consultancy advice, and minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology to continue to deliver a business activity or diversify in response to COVID-19. Grants can cover 100% of the cost, excluding VAT.

Please note, the grant funding cannot be used for purchases already made. Only activity that takes place after grant approval and contracting is eligible.

Given the interest to date, we expect the number of applications to exceed the funding currently available from the government. As such, the grant application process will consist of two stages.

Application process

The stage 1 application form launched on Wednesday 30 September at 10am and a link to this can be found below.

Due to the expected high demand for the scheme, the closing date for stage 1 applications is 10am on Monday 5 October 2020. For your application to be considered, please complete your application before the deadline. We estimate that the form will take around 15-20 minutes to complete.

Those that are suitable for the scheme will be invited via email no later than the end of October to complete the stage 2 application.

The application process will be competitive, and those that best demonstrate the following, will be prioritised:

  • a clear impact of COVID-19 on your business
  • your proposed activity to address the impact
  • how the proposed activity will positively impact your business through adapting products and services to meet customer needs, building resilience or minimising future business interruption.

We cannot guarantee that every business that meets the criteria for the grant will be invited to submit a second stage application. If more funding is made available, there may be a subsequent round of stage 2 applications.

We will be working in partnership with an organisation called Umi Commercial Ltd to deliver the scheme. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact them on 0330 124 7696 or email WYCACOVID19@weareumi.co.uk

Eligibility

Please note that the York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub will not be able to answer individual questions regarding eligibility and the selection process. Please contact Umi directly using the details above.

To be eligible, your business must:

  • have fewer than 250 employees
  • be in a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) eligible sector. This specifically excludes:
    • Agriculture
    • Fishery and aquaculture
    • Banking
    • Insurance
    • Tobacco and tobacco products
    • Construction or decommissioning of nuclear power stations
  • not be part of a franchise
  • have a trading address within West or North Yorkshire
  • have been trading for at least six months
  • have a business bank account.

Your project must:

  • be for an activity that takes place after grant approval and contracting
  • not be for purchasing of equipment and consumables associated with PPE and social distancing measures
  • be completed, fully paid for and claims submitted by the end of January 2021.

The scheme is receiving funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

For additional Covid-related help for your business including the latest on government support measures, visit our coronavirus hub.

Small business grant funding

Key information

Stage 1 applications open: 10am Wednesday 30 September

Stage 1 applications close: 10am Monday 5 October

Successful applicants will be invited by the end of October to complete the stage 2 application

Please ensure that you read this page in full and use the link detailed to access the stage 1 application form

If you have any questions, please contact Umi directly on 0330 124 7696 or email WYCACOVID19@weareumi.co.uk  

Please note that the York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub will not be able to answer individual questions regarding eligibility and the selection process. Please contact Umi directly using the details above.