COVID-19 Recovery Support Programme

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North Lincolnshire Council are launching a Covid-19 Recovery Support Programme comprising of a Business Start-Up Grant, Business Diversification Grant and Covid-19 Renew Scheme.

Business Sustainability Grant

Due to high demand we are currently not accepting new applications.

The Sustainability Business Grant is to support North Lincolnshire businesses to become more sustainable by investing into low energy technology, whether new to the business or replacing existing technology to more efficient products.

The maximum grant per business will be £10,000 (minimum grant of £1,000) with the intervention rate being dependent on the size of the business with the below breakdown:

  • Micro Business (0-9 employees) – 100%
  • Small Business (10-49 employees) – 85%
  • Medium Business (50-250 Employees) – 70 %
  • Large Business (250+ employees) – 50%

The funding can be used to acquire any of the following:

  • Energy production infrastructure – solar PV, biomass boilers etc.
  • Energy Efficient Products – LED lighting, improved machinery (e.g. dishwasher going from a C to an A+ rating)
  • Building Improvements – Replacement boilers to more efficient or heat source pumps, improving insulation etc.

To be eligible the business must have been trading for a minimum of 12 months and prove they are either registered on companies house, VAT registered or provider their unique tax reference number as part of the application process.

Business Digitalisation Grant

Due to high demand we are currently not accepting new applications.

As the region continues to work towards coming out of the pandemic, the Government and North Lincolnshire Council, recognises the need to support businesses to ensure they are more robust in the face of both economic and global challenges including changes in consumer behaviour. As a result it has become evident the need for businesses to increase capabilities utilising digital technologies.

The Business Digitalisation Grant will seek to de-risk investments made by businesses which will seek to improve their online footprint and/or ICT capabilities to improve consumer experience.

The maximum grant per business will be £5,000 (minimum grant of £1,000) with the intervention rate being dependent on the size of the business with the below breakdown:

  • Micro Business (0-9 employees) – 100%
  • Small Business (10-49 employees) – 85%
  • Medium Business (50-250 Employees) – 70 %
  • Large Business (250+ employees) – 50%

The funding can be used to acquire any of the following:

  • Hardware – excluding standard laptops/PC’s unless
  • Superfast Connection – cover the cost of installing any connection equipment, infrastructure and the first year’s rental costs associated with becoming connected. (Evidence for first year rental costs will be paid in advance against a contract being signed)
  • Software
  • E-commerce equipment
  • Digital Marketing – google ad words campaigns, consultant costs looking at digital platforms etc.

Typical projects could be:

  • Installation of a new Customer Record System to manage stock levels, engagement etc.
  • Purchase of new CAD equipment to improve project delivery
  • Upgrade to broadband infrastructure and first years line rental to give business access to enhanced capabilities
  • Brand new website for businesses including EPOS systems and use of digital marketing tools.

To be eligible the business must have been trading for a minimum of 12 months and prove they are either registered on companies house, VAT registered or provider their unique tax reference number as part of the application process.

You can read the full guidance and eligibility criteria below, and to make an application please click onto the apply here button below. Please note you will be required to provide the latest annual account (including profit and loss), a quote for the required work and a bank statement in the business name.

Please note, due to the high volume of applications any questions should be emailed to businessinfo@northlincs.gov.uk

Business Start-Up Grant

This grant scheme is currently open for new applications.

The Business Start-Up Grant is a one-off payment to assist individuals to meet business costs associated with becoming self-employed or starting a small business.

This grant is for any individual who meet the scheme’s criteria, certain types of businesses are not eligible for the scheme including public sector organisations, domestic households, businesses linked to other organisations and the voluntary sector.

Grants are up to a maximum of £1,000 but generally amounts will be in the region of £500. The funds are limited, so therefore only those applications that can demonstrate best value will be considered.

The funding can be used for equipment and other capital expenditure (Other than vehicles and standard IT Equipment, such as laptops, computers, and tablets) and other specific start-up costs, such as those associated with any accreditations or permits required.

To start the process for the Business Start-Up Grant, please book an appointment with a business advisor using the below booking system.

Hospitality and Tourism Support Fund

Due to high demand we are currently not accepting new applications.

Over the last 19 months North Lincolnshire Council has been working with the Government to support businesses following the Covid-19 pandemic. It is recognised that as most businesses are on the road to recovery the hospitality sector is still struggling to return to the pre-pandemic levels and are having to consider new ways of working and new services and products. This sector was one of the most severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the main aim of this grant support is to ensure that North Lincolnshire hospitality businesses are given the opportunity to consolidate, recover and look to future growth.

The North Lincolnshire Hospitality Fund’s prime objectives are to safeguard jobs in the Visitor Economy and Hospitality sectors and create new jobs through growth and investment. Its aim is to support those businesses that need financial support to implement new ways of delivering their offer in a Covid-19 safe way or to develop new services or products that will help build their business back to the levels pre-pandemic. This fund provides the opportunity for businesses to look to the future in a sustainable way.

The deadline for applications will be Friday 31 January 2022. Currently, we have set three decision dates of Friday 10 December 2021, Friday 14 January 2022 and Friday 31 January 2022. Any applications received at least 5 working days prior to the decision dates, will be considered during that sift. A notification will be given to those businesses considered within 5 working days of the decision day.

For any detailed questions on the grant, please email businessinfo@northlincs.gov.uk.

Business Diversification Fund (BDF)

Please note: expressions of interest are now closed.

The Business Diversification Fund has been set up to safeguard jobs in the Visitor Economy sector and create new jobs through business diversifications. It aims to support those businesses looking to diversify from their existing model to improve sustainability and continue delivery of services in a new scope.

The full eligibility guidance for this fund can be found in the eligible activities and investment levels document.

The maximum grant level per applicant is £7,000 per new job created, and £6,000 per job safeguarded. The minimum grant level is £1,000.

The BDF must maintain an overall investment ratio of at least 1:4, this means that for every £1 invested through the fund, the applicant must contribute a minimum of £4 towards the project.

There are various activities that this fund can contribute to, these can be found in the Eligible Activities and Investment Levels document.

To start the application process for this fund, you will need to complete an expression of interest document – the timescales for submitting an expression of interest can be found towards the bottom of this page.

COVID-19 Renew Scheme (CRS)

Please note: expressions of interest are now closed.

The COVID-19 Renew Scheme has been set up to support the creation of new jobs in response to jobs lost due to COVID-19. It aims to support those businesses affected to consolidate and to grow the economy through new investment which has been disadvantaged through the impact of job losses.

The full eligibility guidance for this fund can be found in the eligible activities and investment levels document.

The maximum grant level per applicant is £7,000 per new job created. The minimum grant level is £1,000.

The CRF must maintain an overall investment ratio of at least 1:4, this means that for every £1 invested through the fund, the applicant must contribute a minimum of £4 towards the project.

There are various activities that this fund can contribute to, these can be found in the Eligible Activities and Investment Levels document.

To start the application process for this fund, you will need to complete an expression of interest document – the timescales for submitting an expression of interest can be found towards the bottom of this page.

If you would like to discuss your application for this scheme, please contact businessinfo@northlincs.gov.uk.

Covid 19 business grants recipients subsidy declaration

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Government announced a series of measures designed to support businesses. This included several grant schemes which were distributed via the Council to eligible businesses. To support businesses as quickly as possible - as required by Government - we designed a process that incorporated pre-payment checks, with some checks taking place post-payment.

All businesses that received grant support are required to submit a declaration, even if it is to confirm that it has not received any subsidies (formerly state aid) previously. If any business has received more funding than it is allowed to receive under the subsidy allowance regulations, we will seek to recover this on behalf of Government.

The form is intended to be as simple as possible. If no previous subsidy has been received, no further information will be required. This is expected to be the case for most recipients, because the maximum amount of grant support per property under the small business grant (SBG) and local restriction support grant (LRSG) schemes - including other grants delivered alongside the LRSG (e.g. restart grant) - is £54,822, which is less than the amount of maximum support available under the regulations.

It is your responsibility to provide correct and timely information in respect of subsidies received. Please ensure that the information provided to the local authority is accurate and up to date, particularly if your business may be coming close to the allowance thresholds.

Grant Subsidy Rules

The EU State aid rules no longer apply to subsidies granted in the UK following the end of the transition period, which ended on 31 December 2020.

For more information please refer to the below guidance document.

Contact

If you have any questions about these grant schemes, please email businessinfo@northlincs.gov.uk.