The new Black Country Small Grants Programme goes live in November.
The Government scheme – supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) - is being delivered by the Black Country Growth Hub.
It will provide grants of £1,000 to £3,000 (and in exceptional cases up to £5,000) for small firms to buy in critical consultancy support.
Areas of support include legal, finance, human resources, health and safety, Covid-19 risk assessments and prevention measures, or purchasing IT or small pieces of equipment to adapt to new ways of working.
Businesses are being encouraged to register for the Black Country Growth Hub Newsletter to receive notification as soon as the scheme goes live.
Basic eligibility will include evidencing significant financial loss over recent months and a specific need for consultancy support.
A visitor economy package is set to go live in November to support 40 Black Country businesses in the hospitality sector.
Bents Limited, a new private-sector partner with expertise and experience of delivering for two Local Enterprise Partnerships in the Midlands, will deliver this Government scheme.
It will offer diagnostics/needs analysis through to one-to-one support, workshops and webinars, and grants of £1,000 to £1,800 for more specialist support and the purchase of small items/equipment.
Businesses can register their interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents are being encouraged to download the NHS Covid-19 App when it arrives – expected to be Thursday 24 September – while businesses and community venues are being encouraged to create Covid-19 App posters to display in their premises from the day the app launches. The posters feature a QR code which customers and visitors will be able to scan using the app to safely and securely 'check in' at the venue. Customers will receive an alert if they have recently visited a venue where they may have come into contact with coronavirus. Here you will find a guide on creating the QR poster for your businesses or community venue.
The app also allows people to report symptoms and book a coronavirus test and features a handy countdown timer for people who have been asked to self-isolate, so that they can keep track of when their self-isolation period is due to end.
The NHS Covid-19 App will be available to download from the App Store or Google Play for free. For more information, please visit www.covid19.nhs.uk.
As part of our ambitions to help local businesses recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic we would like to offer you free of charge one-to-one specialist professional advice with a trusted and accredited occupational health clinician. Support would be provided on-line via a suitable digital platform , offering an opportunity for you to talk through any concerns you may have around working safely and effectively in line with existing legislation and current coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance. To express an initial interest in having a free of charge chat with one of these specialist advisors to find out more around any aspect of operating your business safely during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, please email us at Business.Development@wolverhampton.gov.uk
These business support sessions will be made available by the council from 28th September 2020 onwards with slots available for up to an hour throughout this and future dates.
Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities is a short-term fund to support local communities across the UK in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. It will support organisational need rather than fund specific projects.
Applications will be accepted from organisations such as women’s refuges, food banks, hospices, homeless charities, charities supporting the elderly, and charities supporting children’s activities. This list is not exhaustive and other organisational types will be considered.
Tesco is looking to support organisations:
- Whose need for services has been disrupted – for example a food bank whose stocks are running low and need an immediate donation to enable the food bank to restock.
- Who need to put in place new services – for example charities setting up a new home service to the elderly who usually attend a monthly lunch club or a charity needing to set up a telephone service to support beneficiaries.
- Finding increased demand – a holiday hunger club needs more resources due to schools closing, or a children’s centre needs an additional temporary staff member.
Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency a streamlined application process and payment process has been set up to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly. Tesco expects to be making weekly awards to groups across the UK. This is a rolling programme. Applications can be made at any time during the next few months.
The Barclays Foundation has launched a £100m COVID-19 Community Aid Package of £100 million to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, and to alleviate the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.
The package is made up of two components.
Component 1 - Charity Partners Programme
- A £50 million fund that will be disbursed principally in the UK, but also in Barclays’ international markets, including the USA and India.
- Funding deployed via partnerships with trusted charities who can have a direct and immediate impact on the communities we wish to help in those geographies.
- Funding to be targeted at programmes as local to Barclays major locations as possible – the places where Barclays colleagues live and work, and where they can potentially help directly.
- The money will be used to help disadvantaged people (those suffering from social and economic deprivation as a consequence of COVID-19), the elderly and vulnerable communities most at risk from COVID-19, and to support NHS staff and other keyworker communities.
Component 2 – Employee Matched Donations Programme
- A £50 million commitment. Barclays will match an individual colleague’s donations to charities working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, and in alleviating the associated social and economic hardship caused by the crisis.
- A colleague may select a charity of his or her choice for their donation and matching programme, provided the charity is officially registered, and is engaged in supporting communities impacted by COVID-19.
- Un-utilised corporate funds (any balance of the £50 million) at the end of 12 months would be deployed to the Charity Partners Programme so that Barclays meets its overall public commitment of a £100 million contribution to COVID-19 Community Aid.