COVID-19 Economic Recovery Grant Scheme - CERGS

Support provided by Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar Business Gateway

What does this involve?

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar provides financial assistance to new and growing businesses in the Outer Hebrides. The purpose of the service is to ensure that good, commercially viable proposals do not fail due to a lack of access to finance. 

The COVID-19 Economic Recovery Grant Scheme (CERGS) is designed to help the economy recover from COVID-19 by supporting businesses and social enterprises with grant funding to aid recovery, build resilience and encourage development.

Grant funding of up to £20,000 for existing businesses and £10,000 for new businesses is potentially available, at a maximum intervention rate of 50% of eligible costs.

Funds are limited and applications will be prioritised according to when they are received and their potential business or economic impact.

Applications will be assessed against key eligibility criteria. Your proposal must demonstrate that it will contribute to and strengthen the local economy in terms of jobs, growth and other benefits.

There is no guarantee that you will receive the maximum award amount, as the scheme gives priority to high-impact projects.

Am I eligible?

CERGS funding is potentially available to all businesses in the Outer Hebrides. It can be used for activities such as:

  • inward investment
  • diversification
  • growth
  • net zero
  • innovation
  • Gaelic development

Please note that tourism accommodation developments are not eligible for support.

Applicants may be sole traders, partnerships, limited companies, co-operative groups, social enterprises or other legitimate business trading entities. 

Applicants must be able to fund the project until the grant can be claimed. Grant payments will be released only upon submission of proof of payment. No money should be spent until an application has been approved and an official letter of offer provided.

Each application will be considered on its own merits. However, projects in areas which are adequately served by similar existing businesses are unlikely to meet the eligibility criteria.

The full list of conditions can be found on the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar website.

What does this cost?

There is no cost to apply, but you must be able to fund the project until the grant can be claimed. Grant payments will be released only after you submit proof of payment. You shouldn't spend money on a project until your application has been approved and you have an official letter of offer.

Who is this for?

Businesses and business owners based in the Outer Hebrides.

How long does this take?

Each application will be dealt with on its own merits. Timescales will vary depending on your project's scale.  

Important information

You will need to provide the following items with your application:

  • new businesses - business plan, financial projections (3 years), application form and other supporting information as required
  • existing businesses - accounts, business plan, financial projections, application form and other supporting information as required
  • existing businesses (for grant requests below £2,000) – accounts, business plan or project overview with project costs and projections, application form and any other supporting information considered necessary

Next steps

Visit the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar website for more information.

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