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FAQs

 

General

How much is the grant value?
Each grant is £5,000. Recipients will be responsible for taxes.

Are the grants tax deductible?
Grants are taxable and successful applicants are responsible for declaring and paying any taxes due.

How many grants are being distributed?
There will be 134 grants awarded at £5,000 each in the UK. These will be split across six regions outlined below, with a fixed amount of grants available per region.

What is Enterprise Nation?
Enterprise Nation is Salesforce's chosen partner to administer the application, judging and selection process for the Salesforce Care Grants in the UK.

Enterprise Nation is a vibrant community of small businesses and business advisers that exist to shortcut your route to trusted business support.

Eligibility

How do I know if I am eligible?
The Programme is only open to UK-registered limited companies who meet the following requirements:

  • applicant company is headquartered in the UK and they have a British bank account;
  • applicant company is a for-profit business;
  • applicant company must have been established (i.e. incorporated at Companies House (or equivalent)) for at least one year as of programme launch date (18 May 2020);
  • applicant company has a website or other online/digital presence;
  • applicant company must not be a franchisee or a subsidiary of any other company;
  • applicant company must have had at least two full-time employees (including the founder/business owner) as of 31 December 2019;
  • applicant company must have between two and fifty employees as of the date of the Application;
  • applicant company have not received any other cash grant exceeding £1,000 GBP during 2020 in relation to COVID-19 from any government;
  • applicant company have no criminal or County Court Judgement (CCJ) in their name;   
  • applicant company must be able to provide tax and income statements for the previous 12-month period, on request;
  • applicant company must not have outstanding debt exceeding £100,000 (but not including any lease/mortgage, current payroll, A/R line or venture debt) as of the date of the Application.

Please see Grant Programme Terms and Conditions for full definitions.

Will the grant programme be available for non-profits?
Not at this time. Eligibility is limited to for-profit companies.

My small business has only one employee (me!), but I have many contractors that function just like employees. Am I eligible?
Not at this time. The eligibility criteria for this programme is limited to companies with 2-50 full or part time employees per the Grant Programme Terms.

My business is ineligible. Do you have any other opportunities for me to apply to?
Salesforce and Enterprise Nation are committed to providing small businesses support, including those who are ineligible to receive a grant. Please visit the Salesforce Care page for additional resources or Enterprise Nation for resources and community support for your small business. 

Enterprise Nation is also providing free membership to help businesses with COVID-19 disruption. Please apply coupon code COVID19ENFREE at the checkout.

Application

When can I apply?

The opening and closing date for each region is:

 
Region Opening Date [08.00] Closing Date [23:59]
Northern Ireland 18th May 2020 24th May 2020
Central England 1st June 2020 7th June 2020
South England 15th June 2020 21st June 2020
Scotland 29th June 2020 5th July 2020
Wales 13th July 2020 19th July 2020
North England 27th July 2020 2nd August 2020
How many times can I apply?
You can only make one application per business.
 

What documents do I need in order to apply?
As part of your application, you may need to submit documentation showing that your business has been in operation for at least twelve months.

How do you decide who is receiving the grants?
Enterprise Nation has enlisted an independent judging panel to screen finalists and recommend grant awards.

The judging panel will seek to ascertain how the applicant’s business has been affected by COVID-19, how will this grant help the business continue to trade, and what will be the positive impact on the community.
 

When will I hear back if I won a grant?
Each region will have 7 calendar days for businesses to submit their application and they will be reviewed as part of these waves.

Applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted and invited to do a virtual video pitch. Following the pitch, applicants will be notified on the selection decision.

We will endeavour to keep applicants regularly informed of the status of their application. We appreciate your patience.

Region Notification to successful applicants
Northern Ireland 29th May 2020
Central England 12th June 2020
South England 26th June 2020
Scotland 10th July 2020
Wales 24th July 2020
North England 7th August 2020

What happens if I am shortlisted?
Applicants who are shortlisted to pitch will have five minutes to pitch via video, covering three key topics:

  • Introduction to the business
  • How their business been affected by coronavirus
  • How securing the grant will help their business/what it will be spent on/how it will impact

Enterprise Nation will communicate with applicants via email as to whether they have successfully made it through to the video-pitch round and what that involves.

What happens if I miss the application for my region? 
If your region has closed for applications, unfortunately you are unable to apply.

Salesforce and Enterprise Nation are committed to providing small businesses support, including those who are ineligible to receive a grant. Please visit the Salesforce Care page for additional resources or Enterprise Nation for resources and community support for your small business. 

Enterprise Nation is also providing free membership to help businesses with COVID-19 disruption. Please apply coupon code COVID19ENFREE at the checkout.

If awarded a grant, when and how will I receive the funding?
If successful, you will be asked to sign and return a grants agreement. Once counter-signed, Enterprise Nation will transfer the full grant amount via bank transfer within 7 days to the account details supplied in the grant agreement.

Application support

I need help with my application, login or having problems with the system. Who can I contact?
Please email us at [email protected]
 
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