Welsh government launches grants for creative freelancers and businesses hit by local lockdowns

Welsh government launches grants for creative freelancers and businesses hit by local lockdowns
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Mon 5th Oct 2020

_The Welsh government announced on 28 September a range of new funding schemes to help small business owners and freelancers deal with the impact of coronavirus.

This post is being regularly updated with the latest information about the schemes.

Get more help and advice in the Enterprise Nation coronavirus small business support hub._

Cultural Recovery Fund for creative freelancers

Freelancers working in the arts, creative industries, arts and heritage events, culture and heritage and whose work has direct creative/cultural outcomes can apply for a £2,500 grant. A total of £7m is available.

Freelance individuals need to show proof of work between April 2019 - July 2020 and proof of work cancelled between April 2020 - March 2021. Full guidance for the Cultural Recovery Fund freelancer grants is here.

The funding is targeted at those that have received little or no support to date.

Phase two of the fund is now open for applications. Freelancers can check eligibility and apply here. The length of time applications are open for each local authority is dependent on the number of applications they receive.

Local Lockdown Business Fund

With Wales subject to a firebreak lockdown until 9 November to combat the spread of coronavirus, the Welsh government said allocated £60m to support businesses affected by the restrictions.

To be eligible, businesses must be able to demonstrate a drop in turnover greater than 40% as a result of a local lockdown.

Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses in Wales occupying properties with a rateable value of between £12,001 and £51,000 can access a grant of £1,500, with £1,000 grants available to eligible businesses with a rateable value of £12,000 or less. Full guidance is here.

There is also a discretionary grant of £1,500 of for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses that do not pay business rates, and a £1,000 grant for businesses not in the retail, leisure and hospitality sector and not paying business rates. Full guidance is here.

Businesses are eligible when their local area has been in lockdown for a minimum of 21 days. Applications will be open for businesses in each local area on or shortly after the 28th day of local restrictions having been in place.

The Local Lockdown Business Fund grants for Wales are administered by local authorities. There is a list of websites here.

Applications for the Lockdown Business Fund close at 5pm on the 20th November or when the fund is fully committed.

Economic Resilience Fund (ERF)

The third round of the Welsh government's ERF will provide funding to businesses "with projects that can help them transition to the economy of tomorrow". Of the total £80m, £20m will be ring fenced to support tourism and hospitality businesses face challenges during the winter months.

The business development grants will work as follows:

  • Micro businesses (employing between one and 9 people) will be able to apply for up to £10,000 if matched with their own investment of at least 10%.

  • SMEs (employing between 10 and 249 people) can apply for up to £150,000 if matched match with their own investment of at least 10% for small business (1 to 49 staff) and 20% for medium sized (50 to 249) businesses.

  • Large businesses (employing 250+ people) can apply for up to £200,000 if matched with their own investment of at least 50%.

Businesses can check eligibility for ERF here and applications open the week commencing 26 October.

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Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance content creator and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I have 18 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from billionaires like Sir Richard Branson to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community and have strong connections to major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 50 events; from intimate meet-ups to conferences with an audience of hundreds including events for international brands like Facebook and Xero. I'm also a big fan of podcasts having hosted Enterprise Nation's Small Business Sessions as well as lots of online events including Facebook Live interviews, webinars and three live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography. I'm here to help. I'm volunteering free advice calls of up to an hour as part of the Recovery Advice for Business scheme, over the next 6 months. Please get in touch to see how I can help your business. 

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