**UPDATE**
Please note that the FAQs have been updated to include further guidance in relation to businesses using suppliers who are not VAT Registered contractors (please see Question 6) and businesses using a personal bank account for business transactions (please see Question 21). 

Please ensure you read Question 12 regarding bank statements before you apply.

Small Business Recovery Grant

New grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 are now available to small businesses across the Marches to help them recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The grant can fund professional help or small pieces of equipment or technology. There are two funding streams one for the Visitor Economy(Tourism) sector and the other for the Wider Economy.

Update 24/03/2021

The Marches ERDF Small Business Recovery Grant is now closed to applications.

It is no longer possible to apply for either the Visitor or Wider Economy Strands.

After receipt of applications we aim to complete assessments and issue Offer Letters to Successful Businesses by 31st March 2021

Please note we are unable to provide status updates or answer specific queries during this time in relation to applications made.

Businesses will be notified direct on the outcome of their application.

Approved ERDF SBRG projects will have until 31st May 2021 to complete and submit their claim.

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Want to know more about the grant?

The grants have been funded by the European Regional Development Fund and will be administered by Telford & Wrekin Council, alongside partners in the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Marches Growth Hub and Herefordshire and Shropshire councils

We want to help as many businesses as possible, however, we expect demand to exceed the amount of funding available as has been the case in other areas across the UK.

It will therefore be administered on a first come first serve basis and it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that everything requested is provided at the point of application.

Who’s eligible?

Your business must meet all of the following criteria in order to apply for the recovery business grant.

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Located in Herefordshire, Shropshire or Telford & Wrekin

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Trading for 12 months or more (and be reliant on visitors if a tourism business)

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Able to demonstrate an adverse effect from Covid-19 e.g. drop in sales/visitor numbers

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Employ fewer than 10 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees

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