Restart and Recovery SME Grants and Kick-start Tourism Grants


The Kick-start Tourism grant is aimed at businesses within the visitor economy with fewer than 250 employees, while the Restart and Renew SME grant is aimed at all other businesses with fewer than 250 employees.

Applicants for both must have been impacted by COVID-19 and must satisfy further eligibility criteria. Businesses can apply for grants of between £1000 – £3000 (up to £5000 in exceptional circumstances) towards professional services to help them adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic or to purchase new equipment.

100% of the money will come from government with no obligation for businesses to contribute financially.

Please note that this funding is extremely limited and there is no waiting list so decisions will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. You should complete the gateway diagnostic tool as soon as possible after the scheme opens. The gateway diagnostic will close when the limit has been reached.

The Growth hub have launched a pre-application information page to help businesses prepare to apply for a Kick-start Tourism or Restart or Recovery SME grant ahead of the scheme opening on Tuesday 15 September at midday.

If you would like to be notified by email when the fund is open, please complete this short Expression of Interest form.

New fund to support business recovery

Coast to Capital have announced a new £2.1 million grant scheme. The ‘Business Recovery Grants’ has been launched to provide businesses in West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, East Surrey, Croydon, or Lewes District with funding of between £10,000 and £170,000 (for projects of £20,000 to £340,000).

The programme will provide up to 50% of an expansion project for organisations that can demonstrate a clear link to COVID-19 recovery and growth. In addition, Coast to Capital are looking for businesses to set out plans for job creation and job retention to improve the unemployment rate in the local area. Find out if you’re eligible and apply here.