SME Restart & Recovery and Kickstarting Tourism Package – CLOSED

Restart and Recovery SME Grant

We have now reached the maximum amount of applications for this grant.

Alexa Greaves, Board Member and Small Business Champion for the Sheffield City Region’s Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “South Yorkshire’s business community has shown great strength through what is an incredibly difficult time. It is of course incredibly disappointing for those businesses who were sadly not able to submit an application for the SME Restart and Recovery and Kickstarting Tourism Package. We had a staggering amount of interest from businesses but were unfortunately restricted with how many we could support due to the funds available for this scheme.

“The Sheffield City Region Business Growth Hub is providing advice and support to businesses as they navigate the financial support available and work to build back better from the pandemic. We are working with South Yorkshire’s Local Authorities to distribute grants to businesses in the region forced to close or who have suffered a significant loss of trade due to COVID restrictions so businesses who were not successful with this package should get in touch to see if they are eligible for an Additional Restrictions Grant via www.scrgrowthhub.co.uk.”


If you’re a business in Doncaster, Sheffield or Rotherham, your local business support service can help you with questions and information around your application.

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Sheffield City Region (SCR) Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SME) Restart &

Recovery and Kickstarting Tourism Package will be delivered by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (BMBC) on behalf of the SCR Growth Hub and its South Yorkshire Local Authority Partners (Doncaster MBC, Rotherham MBC and Sheffield CC).

There is a limited pot of £1,073,852 ERDF funding available to support SMEs to respond to the immediate COVID-19 crisis for companies across the City Region, so we are looking for companies to bring forward investment projects who have been adversely impacted. The sum of £273,356 is ring-fenced to support ERDF Eligible SMEs operating in the Visitor Economy.

what is the SME Restart & Recovery and Kickstarting Tourism grant?

The grant has been created, specifically to help SMEs in the SCR to adapt and diversify following the impact of COVID-19. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), eligible SMEs can access 100% grants of between £1K – £3K.

Who is eligible for the Grant?

To be eligible for this grant:

•          You must be an SME based in either Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield

•          Your business needs to have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

•          Your business must have the ability to survive following the impact of COVID-19.

•          Your business staff headcount must be below 250 FTE. Businesses with more than 250 employees will not be eligible.

•          Your business must have a balance sheet of below €43million.

•          Your business must have a turnover of below €50million.

•          If your business has received state aid in the last 3 years, the total should not be in excess of €200,000. Businesses exceeding this level of state aid funding will not be eligible.

•          The aim of this grant programme is to provide support to both businesses within the visitor economy and wider economy. Unfortunately, due to state aid restrictions, there are a few sectors which we cannot support.  Businesses operating in an excluded sector i.e. nuclear, tobacco, airport infrastructure (see ERDF regulation 1301/2013 Art 3(3)), fishery and aquaculture sector, undertakings involved in the primary production of agricultural products, undertakings active in the sector of processing and marketing of agricultural products will not be eligible.

•          Part of the funding is specifically for the Visitor Economy Sector. Please refer to Annex A in the guidance notes to see the description of activities that we may be able to support. Please note we are unable to support Private Owned Holiday Lets.

What Expenditure is Eligible?

The grant is available to help SMEs access one-to-one specialist advice to address their immediate needs. The grant must cover 100% of the cost of the service or product and cannot be used to part-fund expenditure.

Examples of eligible expenditure on professional services, however, the emphasis is on the applicant to demonstrate the impact of COVID-19 and how the purchase(s) would help:

•          Review of the business strategy

•          Strategic review of business models

•          HR, financial and legal advice

•          Coaching and mentoring in leadership and management development / Change management

•          Innovation strategy to adapt and diversify products/services

•          The introduction of new technology

•          Developing or revising marketing/digital strategies to reach new markets

•          Mitigating the impact of social distancing measures

•          Rebuilding a viable business model

•          Developing product offerings

•          Skills analysis and development plans

•          Workforce management

•          Employee engagement, welfare and wellbeing

Please note these are examples only and not an exhaustive list.

Grants may also be used to purchase minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology in order to continue to deliver business activity or diversify. For example, a tourism business may need to purchase a second cash register to enable adequate social distancing in its gift shop.

Other examples of potentially eligible expenditure on equipment (where a COVID-19 related impact can be demonstrated) could include:

•          IT hardware to support home working

•          Software to enable secure remote working

•          Online sales/purchasing platforms

•          Equipment for remote working

•          Cloud based storage

If successful following a formal grant application, grant funding will be paid upon production of an invoice and evidence of defrayment, for the service or item you have procured.

The following are not be eligible:

•          Training.

•          Bike racks, showering facilities, personal lockers or other core organisation costs.

•          Physical changes to implement social distancing (e.g. Perspex screens, minor building works).

•          PPE including masks, visors, hand gel (including dispensers).

Please note,

•          Your total project cost must equal the amount of grant you are applying for.

•          Your total spend must not be less than £1,000.

•          Goods or services already purchased cannot be supported. Before proceeding with your project in any way, such as purchasing, ordering, making a deposit etc, you must wait to hear from us regarding a grant decision.

How to apply?

Please read and complete the following documents

For further information regarding the project and application process please read Project Guidance

The application window for this grant is now closed after very high interest.

The applications will be processed in the order they have been received. We anticipate there being high demand for these grants from the interest received so far and also based on experiences within other areas – where in some cases, grant application capacity has been met in under an hour of the application form going live.

In light of this, to manage the expected demand, the application process will now close when 358 applications have been submitted. The applications will then be appraised in chronological order, in line with ERDF eligibility guidance and the requirements in the application form within and estimated ten working days.

Please note that the actual number of grants that can be awarded depends on the specific amounts of grant each eligible applicant is applying for. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to award grants to all of the 358 submitted applicants.

If any unallocated funding remains, applications will open again.

If you have any questions please email SCRBusinessSupportGrants@barnsley.gov.uk

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