Small Business Grants

The government has set out a package of measures to support businesses including:

  • small business grant funding of £10,000 for all businesses in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief
  • grant funding of £25,000 for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses with property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000

Further info available on Brighton & Hove City Council website

Submit your details HERE to check eligibility.

Discretionary fund for small businesses 

Applications were open for small businesses to apply for a discretionary grant until 12 June. This discretionary grant guide details who could apply and the criteria.

There is a total fund of £3.7 million and three levels of grants:

  • £25,000
  • £10,000
  • £2500

Brighton & Hove’s discretionary grant fund will provide small grants for some of our independent businesses who have not been eligible for the government’s small business grants. Now closed.


The government is offering small business bounce back loans of up to £50,000. BBC news.


The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) who have lost income due to coronavirus (COVID-19). This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. This may be extended if needed.

Claim a grant through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme.  


Arts Council England provided an initial emergency fund of £160 million to support individual artists, freelancers and cultural organisations. The fund complemented the government’s financial help for businesses. Now closed.



Acting For Others – provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need, through 14 member charities.


Actor’s Benevolent Fund – for professional actors & stage managers who are in need due illness, injury and who been affected by Covid-19.


Axisweb Hardship Fund – for members facing significant financial hardship and who are unable to work, disabled, a carer, on low income or freelance.


Brighton & Hove City Council – Communities Fund 20-21 COVID-19 emergency funding. Set-up to help community & voluntary organisations in Brighton & Hove who are supporting the city’s most vulnerable residents.

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Coast to Capital – are offering Backing Business Grants of £5000 – £25000 to independent small businesses & social enterprises (excluding charities) based in West Sussex, Brighton & Hove or East Surrey with 5-50 FTE workforce (can include volunteers & contractors) trading for 2+ years & turnover under £10m annually. Applications open until funds fully allocated. Must support specific measures to help you adapt, evole & innovate to the various economic impacts brought about by the pandemic. Ongoing.

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Business HotHouse Grants – available to pre-start businesses and growing SMEs that fit specific criteria. The type of funding offered is known as ‘match-funding’ where a business must agree to provide 60% of the required investment to which the funding body will then ‘match-fund’ the 40% balance. Business Grants from £2k to £170k can be secured and will be awarded through the Invest4 program managed by Brighton & Hove City Council. Ongoing.


Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund – set up to help artists & freelance creative practitioners in the visual arts sector, living in England & Northern Ireland. Grants available up to £2500 per person. Ongoing.


Bryony Kimmings’ Gig Aid – supporting artists who have had work cancelled. Ongoing.

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Citizens For Europeseed funding to support democratic innovation potential & provides its members with flexible small-scale project grants *3-10k EUR) and small online mobility grants (up to 500 EUR). Ongoing.

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Crew Nation – relief fund for live music/touring or venue crew members directly impacted by COVID-19 (American fund but global relief). Second round due July.


Disability Arts Online – jobs directory. All art forms.


Dance Professional Grants – for current & ex professional dancers.


FABRICA – Artist Resource plus currently free. News & Opportunites for visual artists.


European Cultural Foundation has launched the Culture of Solidarity Fund to support imaginative cultural initiatives that, in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, will reinforce European solidarity and the idea of Europe as a shared public space.  Applicants can be based anywhere in the world, but their proposal must clearly contribute to a European Culture of Solidarity.  Closes 14 July.


Fleabag Support Fund –  emergency support fund for UK based freelancers in the Theatre, Comedy & Cabaret industries. Distributed by DryWrite, grants of £2500 for those in need due to Covid-19. Second round opens 14 July.


Funds For Freelancers – fundraiser for actors, creatives & ushers working in Theatre. To apply for financial support email:


Live Art Development Agency – are offering a number of opportunities.

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Matthew Burrows – Artist Support Pledge. A global Instagram & Twitter movement towards a generous culture. Every time an artist reaches £1000 in sales, they pledge to buy £200 of work from other artists. #artistsupportpledge

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Max Fagandini – Artists/Musicians/Zero Hour workers Coronvirus Relief Fund. Funds distributed on a first come, first served basis – contact Max directly. Ongoing.



Satellite Films – have created a new fund to support young filmmakers from minority backgrounds. 3 x commissions are available offering: £1500 artists fee/budget, £2000 funded production support & 2 months curatorial support, plus online distribution.

Deadline 12 midday, 20 July.


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Sussex Community Foundation – fund, aims to help smaller charities & community groups which are facing financial difficulties, as a result of the outbreak, focusing on those working with communities affected by the virus. Ongoing.

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Tiata Fahodzi – ongoing offer to artists of African Heritage. Summit a blog on a subject of your choice, those selected will receive £100 per article. Ongoing. 

Society of Authors

The Society of AuthorsEmergency fund (grants up to £2000) available to authors affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Ongoing.