COVID - Funding

Updated - 21/03/2022

Financial Support - COVID-19  Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

The COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) aims to support businesses affected by the pandemic, but that are ineligible for existing support linked to Business Rates.

The government has funded schemes to provide rate relief for eligible businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, and for Nurseries. 

The government has now allocated funding for a discretionary local rate relief scheme to support businesses across Cheshire West and Chester Borough that did not receive rate relief in 2021/22 under the previous relief schemes.

Applications will close on 17 April 2022

Eligibility criteria and online application form can be found by clicking here 

Recovery Loan Scheme

The Recovery Loan Scheme supports access to finance for UK businesses as they grow and recover from the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government guarantees 80% of the finance to the lender. As the borrower, you are always 100% liable for the debt.

Extended until 30 June 2022. 

COVID19 - Arts Council England Emergency Response Fund

Link to the full guidance on the ACE emergency funding.

The Arts Council Customer Services Team can help you with the online Grantium form or talk about other ways they can help you.

The phones are closed for the time being but you can contact The Customer Services Team online or email:  

Emergency Response Fund: Organisations (outside the National Portfolio) - Guidance for applicants

Emergency Response Fund: Individuals - Guidance for applicants

COVID19 - Financial Support for Your Business

Coronavirus (COVID‑19) support is available to employers and the self-employed, including sole traders and limited company directors. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants, whether your business is open or closed.

Use the business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.

COVID19 - Financial Support for Sport

Sport England has announced £195 million package to help sport and physical activity through coronavirus.

The money will help their partners, clubs and community organisations cope with the short and long-term impact of the pandemic.

COVID19 - HMRC Time to Pay Scheme

Contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as soon as possible if you have missed your payment.  How you contact HMRC depends on what you need to pay.