Grants available for local businesses
Information about support that is available to local businesses and the actions we are taking to support the local economy.
Support for hospitality businesses due to the Omicron variant
Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant
The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant Scheme is now closed and a final payment will be made by Thursday 31 March 2022 for applications which are still in the process of being assessed.
Additional Restrictions Grant Top-Up
This scheme closed to applications on Monday 28 February 2022.
The council has made all payments to:
- Stream H (businesses not in the Rating List operating in the hospitality and leisure sectors)
- Stream G (businesses in supply chain to hospitality, leisure, accommodation, travel and tourism, gyms, fitness and dance studios offering group classes at a business premises)
Stream I payments (personal care businesses) will be made by Friday 18 March 2022. The amounts payable under Stream I have been determined based on the remaining funds shared amongst eligible applications.
The amounts paid will be:
|Business size||Grant amount|
|Businesses with rent, mortgage, and fixed property cost of £15,000 or less||£2,190|
|Businesses with rent, mortgage, and fixed property costs between £15,001 and £51,000||£3,275|
All available funding under the Additional Restrictions Fund has now been allocated for payment by Thursday 31 March 2022.
Hillingdon Enterprise Programme
We are launching the Hillingdon Enterprise Programme, using funding made available by the Governments Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).
Having successfully committed over £8 million of ARG funding on sustaining and meeting the immediate needs of Hillingdon business during the COVID-19 crisis, the council is now looking to target funding to a small selection of local businesses, potentially bringing long term benefits in terms of jobs and business growth.
The council has set aside £1.75 million of ARG funding to support the Hillingdon Enterprise Programme and is looking for applications from businesses in specifically targeted sectors.
Our priority is for schemes that support the following sectors:
- Green economy (working towards achieving climate change objectives) and encouraging businesses to engage and potentially support a range of 'green initiatives, which create business growth and employment.
- Innovation Invest in small start-up businesses that will grow into commercially viable Hillingdon-based concerns.
- Aviation/supply chains support aviation sector support companies and the supply chain sector, as they slowly recover from the impact of COVID-19, to be a useful source of growth and employment opportunities.
- Creative/media supporting the increased growth and future economic imapct of the film industry and prodcution in Hillingdon.
- High growth Support initiatives from businesses that don't fit into any of our other priorities but are deemed to be worthy of support.
Applicants must meet the following criteria prior to submitting a bid.
- Whilst collaborations are encouraged, the project lead must be an SME (companies that have not more than 250 employees and a turnover of not more than £25.9 million and a balance sheet total of not more than £12.9 million).Businesses must be based in the borough of Hillingdon.
- Collaborative applications are encouraged; for example, with a client or supplier, an academic organisation, charity, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO).
- Projects can last from 12 months up to a maximum of 18 months.
- Projects must demonstrate a potential economic and/or employment benefit for Hillingdon.
We anticipate that there will be a range of schemes and projects, so the grants awarded will be flexible but in the region of £50k, through to £200k for exceptional applications. We anticipate supporting a minimum of 10 to 15 Hillingdon based businesses.
Please note: To download the form, you will need to complete a simple registration form. The application form includes details of the terms and conditions relating to any grant award offer. Please read and consider these carefully before submitting an application.
Once you have downloaded the application form, there are 2 options in terms of applying for support.
- Option 1 - complete both Parts A and B of the application form.
- Option 2 - complete only Part A of the application form.
Application forms should be emailed to Clara Haglund at the WLB email@example.com. Completing just Part A of the application form allows businesses to submit a brief outline proposal, which the WLB will provide an assessment as to whether the bid is likely to be supported. Following advice from the WLB applicants will be in a position to decide whether to proceed with submitting Part B of the application form. Part B of the application will require a full and detailed application. For an informal discussion on a project or initiative you have in mind please contact Bill Boler at the WLB firstname.lastname@example.org
- Part A applications must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 17 December 2021.
- Parts A and B must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 14 January 2022.
- Assessment of applications will take place in mid-January/February 2022 and grant awards will be offered/made in March 2022.