Additional Grants

£10m Kick-starting Tourism Package

£10m worth of funding has been made available to boost tourism, with grants of up to £5,000 available to businesses affected by COVID-19.

Grants are available to help fund the following:

  • Access to specialist professional advice (e.g. human resources, accountants, legal, financial, IT/digital)
  • Purchasing minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology in order to continue delivering business activity or diversify

This grant will be available from the CIOS Growth & Skills Hub from late August.

Wider Economy Business Support

£20m of funding is available to small to medium sized businesses affected by COVID-19, with grants valued between £1,000 – £5,000.

The grant is available to help businesses get back on track by accessing new technology or equipment as well as professional, legal, financial or other forms of advice.

This grant will be available from the CIOS Growth & Skills Hub from late August.

£18.7m Social Enterprise Support Fund

An £18.7m emergency support fund has been opened to fund social enterprises in England.

Grants between £10,000 and £300,000 are available, however applications below £100,000 are encouraged to improve the likelihood of success, with additional assessment criteria involved for applications of greater than £50,000 and £100,000 respectively.

There will be three rounds of funding, with round 2 taking place in August and Round 3 in September.

To apply, visit the Social Enterprise Support Fund Website, click the “Apply” link at the top of the page and follow the instructions from there.

You will need your annual accounts, management accounts, cashflow projections and social impact report as part of the application process, so ensure you have these ready when you apply.

Each application will be assessed on merit, and applications from members of the BAME or LGBTQ+ communities, people with disabilities and leaders close to any of the causes addressed by Social Enterprise will be particularly welcome.

More information about the fund and how to apply is available on the Social Enterprise Support Fund Website.

£191 Million Package to Help Innovative Businesses Recover from the Impacts of Coronavirus (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)

The UK Government has announced a £191 million Sustainable Innovation Fund to provide UK registered businesses with urgent financial support to help them recover from the impacts of coronavirus and keep their cutting-edge projects and ideas alive. Funding will be delivered through Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.

Businesses can apply for a share of up to £55 million in round one for new projects focusing on sustainable economic recovery from COVID-19, such as technology that supports a reduction in single-use plastics to greener modes of transport, or more energy-efficient office buildings.

The deadline for applications is 11am on the 29th July 2020.

A further £10 million is available to help businesses and the public sector recover from COVID-19 in a sustainable manner.

The deadline for applications is 11am on the 5th August 2020.
More info:

Organisation name:
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

£100 Million Rescue Package for Zoos and Aquariums (England)

Zoos and aquariums in England will be able to apply for a share of an additional £100 million in UK Government funding to help them continue to care for their animals through the coronavirus pandemic. Establishments covered by the Zoo Licensing Act which are experiencing severe financial difficulties will be able to apply for support from the rescue package.This is a major expansion of a £14 million initial relief fund announced in May and will run until the end of March 2021 to ensure the necessary long-term support is in place to help with severe financial difficulties.  The funding will be helping zoos cover costs relating to animal keeping such as feed, heating and security, and the continuation of important conservation and educational work.

Further details on the scheme and how to apply will be provided to the sector in due course. More info:

Organisation name:
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Funding to Accelerate the Green Economic Recovery in Transport, Energy and Industrial sectors (England)

Businesses of any size can apply for a share of £15 million to accelerate the green economic recovery in transport, energy and industrial sectors from covid-19. Funding comes from the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Driving the Electric Revolution Challenge.The Challenge aims to accelerate the UK’s ability to deliver; next generation electric vehicles, hybrid aircraft, energy generation, smart grids, robotics & industrial drives, consumer products, low-carbon off-highway vehicles for construction and agriculture, low-carbon maritime and rail supporting the realisation of Net Zero targets through clean innovation.

Businesses of any size may apply and must work with at least one other organisation

The challenge has 2 strands:

  • Up to £5 million is available for business-led projects that aim to improve the UK supply chain for power electronics, machines, and drives;
  • Up to £10 million is available for projects which must target zero or very low emissions.

The deadline for applications is 11am on the 29th July 2020

Organisation name:
Innovate UK

Funding to Support Dairy Farmers Through Coronavirus (England)

From the 18th June 2020, dairy farmers in England will be able to apply for government funding of up to £10,000 each to help them overcome the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The aim of the fund is to support those most in need due to a decrease in demand for their products as bars, restaurants and cafes have been forced to close.  To be eligible for support from the fund, farmers will need to demonstrate that they have suffered a reduction in the average price paid for their milk of 25% or more in April 2020 when compared with February 2020. Eligible dairy farmers will be to entitled to funding which covers 70% of their lost income during April and May 2020 to ensure they can continue to operate and sustain production capacity without impacting animal welfare.

Competition rules for the dairy industry have been temporarily relaxed.
More detail on the fund will be issued in due course.

Useful Links:

Temporary relaxations of UK competition law

Organisation name:
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund for Charities & Social Enterprises (UK)

In response to the coronavirus, Social Investment Business have launched a Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund for social enterprises and charities which have been adversely impacted by the pandemic. The new £25 million fund will provide emergency loans of between £100,000 to £500,000 without requiring personal guarantees and charging no interest fees or interest for twelve months.

The £25m is part of a wider package of support announced by Big Society Capital.

The Fund is intended to provide working capital until normal business can resume for organisations that are facing financial difficulty. Loans could be used to cover delays in trade payments, or for business modification to meet increase in service demand.

The initial £25 million has been provided by Big Society Capital, with loans backed by the Government’s existing Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

Applications can be made at any time.

Useful Links:

Application Guidance Notes

Funding Guidelines

Organisation name:
Social Investment Business

Funding to Support Community Pubs Affected by the Covid-19 Crisis (England)

In response to the coronavirus, Power to Change has suspended all current funding programmes to focus on supporting community businesses affected by the crisis. The Trust has now made small grants of up to £2,000 available to support community pubs in England who have experienced a reduction in income due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

The aim of the Fund is to help them to adjust their activities, and provide redesigned services and community support. Services provided by community pubs which might have been affected include venue-based activities such as cafes, shops, and hiring out informal meeting spaces for a range of community activities such as sports teams, choirs, live music and walking groups.

Groups will be contacted directly regarding the grants. CommuniPubs that haven’t heard from Plunkett Foundation and would like to know more please email:

Organisation name:
Power to Change

£20 million Additional Funding to Encourage Businesses Developing New Technologies (UK)

The UK Government has announced that they are doubling investment in the Fast Start Competition to encourage innovative technology and research-focussed businesses and start-ups to develop new ways of working and help build resilience in industries such as delivery services, food manufacturing, retail and transport, as well as support people at home in circumstances like those during the coronavirus outbreak.

Organisations must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to deliver the proposed outcomes for UK domestic or global benefit

The additional £20 million funding, which is managed by InnovateUK, comes from a £211 million government investment package to encourage businesses developing new technologies.

This brings the total amount available to £40 million and ensures investment into over 800 projects.

Projects must:

  • have total eligible costs between £25,000 and £50,000
  • be able to start by 1st June 2020 at the latest
  • be no longer than 6 months in duration

Current project examples include a virtual-reality training/teaching platform to enable medical students to upskill remotely, and a new virtual farmers’ market.

Organisations can claim 100% of project costs which will be paid in advance of the project start date.

Solutions which tackle the new or emerging societal or industry needs in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, including but not exclusively:

  • community support services
  • couriers and delivery (rural and/or city based)
  • education and culture
  • entertainment (live entertainment, music, etc.)
  • financial services
  • food manufacture and processing
  • healthcare
  • hospitality
  • personal protection equipment
  • remote working
  • retail
  • social care
  • sport and recreation
  • transport
  • wellbeing


Useful Links:

Fast Start Competition

Funding criteria

Organisation name:
Innovate UK

Funding to Develop the Capability of the UK Space Sector (UK)

Government grants worth up to £75,000 are available to advance the capability of the UK space sector by developing new commercial technologies and bringing them closer to market.

Funding is available to businesses, non-profit organisations and academics for proposals for space technology research and development projects that accelerate the development of scientific or commercial technologies for space. This funding call, as part of the National Space Technology Programme, is for 6-month Pathfinder projects to increase the Technology Readiness Level of space technologies, encourage collaboration between industry and academia, and encourage new entrants to the space sector. Proposals for projects which are from collaborative teams are encouraged.

Project proposals are sought for space technology research and development projects in areas including:

  • early TRL innovation
  • new technology concepts
  • knowledge transfer
  • skills development
  • refining an idea
  • undertaking a market survey
  • proof of concept

The deadline for applications is midday on the 10th August 2020.

Useful Links:

Pathfinder Projects Proposal Application Guide

More info:

Organisation name:
UK Space Agency
Deadline: 10-08-2020

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