Posted: Mon 29th Jun 2020
Applications have opened today for grants for new businesses in Wales not eligible for the UK's main COVID-19 support schemes.
A total of £5m is initially available with 2,000 businesses able to acces a £2,500 grant.
To be eligible, start-ups must:
have not received funding from the Welsh government's Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) or the non-domestic rates grant
have been set up between 1 April 2019 and 1 March 2020
have not qualified for the SEISS or JRS
have less than £50,000 turnover
have experienced a drop in turnover of more than 50% between April and June 2020
Entrepreneurs can check eligibility using the form here. At the end of the form, you can select your local authority's website and apply for the grant.
Applications also open today for the second phase of the ERF which also supports businesses and social enterprises not eligible for other support.
Micro-businesses can access a grant of up to £10,000, SMEs can apply for up to £100,000 and large firms can receive a maximum of £690,000.
The criteria includes being registered with Companies House and meeting two of the following three points
VAT registered or exempt
Employing people using PAYE
A turnover of at least £50,000
The Welsh government schemes address some of the gaps in the UK government's support for businesses dealing with the impact of COVID-19.
Rebecca Evans, minister for finance, said although new Wales-specific schemes have been introduced, "our budget only goes so far and we have had to make some difficult decisions.
"That is why we are calling on the UK Treasury to lift the rigid restrictions on fiscal flexibility so that we can begin our road to recovery and plan for a prosperous, post-pandemic Wales."
The latest figures show that 1.1m employers have accessed the JRS and 2.6m self-employed individuals have applied for a SEISS grant but a recent report by the Treasury Committee said more than a million business owners, self-employed people and employees have fallen through the gaps in support.
Excluded UK, a campaign group set up to represent those not receiving support, says three million people are affected.
Responding to the Treasury Committee report, a Treasury spokesperson said: "All our support is targeted to make sure we use public funds responsibly, helping those who need it most as quickly as possible, while minimising fraud risk."
We are keeping you updated on the latest information on how to access the government's coronavirus business support here. You can also find advice and ask a question on Enterprise Nation's coronavirus business advice hub. Follow Enterprise Nation on Twitter too for updates.