Business West Sussex have created a dedicated webpage which will be continually updated to reflect the latest guidance.
Digital Social Care have launched a phone helpline to support social care providers affected during COVID-19 . The helpline will be open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri . 0208 133 3430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The government announced the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund in May to provide additional support for businesses.This fund is designed to offer some support to small businesses that are not eligible for the Small Business Rate Relief, Rural Rate Relief Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant fund. Each of the district and borough councils in West Sussex have set out guidance and criteria for their fund which can be viewed on their websites. For an overview of grants and funding for small businesses visit the COVID-19 area of the Council’s website for more information.
The government has put together a list of additional resources to help businesses, employees and the self-employed affected by COVID-19. The resources include:
- Business support helpline
- HMRC Helpline
- Growth Hubs
- The Skills Toolkit
- Find a Job service
Financial support for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19)
The government has pledged £750 million to ensure VCSE can continue their vital work supporting the country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including £200 million for the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, along with an additional £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts. The information details funds and how to apply for them.
GOV.UK has collated resources from public bodies, organizations and charities that may be useful to employers and employees. These resources include a variety of information to help both employers and employees manage through coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
The Professional and Business Services Sector and Enterprise Nation, supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, have teamed up to offer small and medium sized businesses free advice to help them recover from the impact of Coronavirus. This offer will be available until 31 December 2020.
Professional bodies and trade associations are mobilising experts in their sector to offer free calls on topics from accounting to advertising, HR and legal affairs.
The Charity Bank, an ethical bank founded to support charities with loans and show how savings could be invested ethically has information on support available for charities. On their website they have a page dedicated to COVID-19 emergency funding which may be of interest to some providers. (Note there may be other sources of information for funding and grants for charities.)
Funding is available from the Education and Skills Funding Agency to contribute towards the cost of apprenticeships. The Agency’s guidance on apprenticeship funding rules gives information on the latest criteria.
The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is funding made available by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) which is disseminated by Skills for Care.