Business & Employee Support

Support Schemes

If you need further advice or support, with regards any of the below schemes, you can get in touch with my office on [email protected].


Arts Council NI Organisations Emergency Programme (OEP)

  • Small and medium sized arts organisations can apply for grants up to £25,000. Full details here.

NI Micro Business Hardship Fund

  • Hardship Fund for Northern Ireland based micro-businesses and social enterprises unable to access other regional and national COVID-19 support measures. Click here.

Bounce Back Loan

  • Scheme assists small &  medium sized businesses to borrow between £2,000-£50,000. Government will guarantee 100% of the loan and no fees/interest for first 12 months. Full details here.

Business Interruption Loan Scheme

  • Support for small and medium sized businesses (turnover of up to £45m) to access loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5 million for up to 6 years. Click here.

Business Rates Holiday

  • Four-month rates holiday for Northern Ireland non-domestic ratepayers (excluding public sector and utilities). Click here.

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate

  • Scheme will repay employers the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid to current or former employees. Click here.

Job Retention Scheme (JRS)

  • See updates to the JRS, which has now been extended. Click here.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

  • This scheme has now been extended. For further information & updates click here.

Arts Council NI Artists Emergency Programme (temporarily closed until further notice)

  • Individual artists/creative practitioners can apply for awards of up to £5,000. For further info click here.

£25,000 Retail, Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Grant.

  • Now closed to applications – for more info click here.

£10,000 Small Business Support Grant Scheme

  • Now closed to applications – for more info click here.

Other Updates & Advice