COVID-19: Grants & Support


1. Emergency Business Fund Grants

New measures were introduced from 6am on Boxing Day 2021 to help keep Wales safe.

The measures were a revised version of alert level 2, to respond to the new omicron variant, and are designed to help keep businesses open and trading and protect customers and staff. £120 million has been made available for nightclubs, retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses affected by the move to alert level 2.

Further information can be found here and here.

2. Barriers to Start Up Grant

The Barriers To Start Up Grant is a £1million fund to enable economically inactive, unemployed individuals, as well as young people not in education, employment or training, to start their own business.

A grant of up to £2,000 is available to help individuals overcome barriers to starting a business. The grant will come as part of a package of support that will include one-to-one advice and webinars, to build confidence in business practices and develop plans for starting a business. 

Find out more here.

3. Kickstart Scheme

If you are an employer looking to create new 6-month job placements for young people, check if you can apply for a grant as part of the Kickstart Scheme. Further information can be found here and here.

Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If you are unable to offer this many job placements, you can partner with other organisations to reach the minimum number. Find out more here.




To help businesses locate a varied range of other support available to get through this difficult period, take a look at the COVID-19 Business Support Finder pages here.

Further information on the support available to businesses can be found on our website. Also, if you are not currently receiving our e-newsletter (which provides regular updates on the support available for businesses) but would like to, please sign up here to be added to our database. 

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