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COVID-19 Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) Business Support – July and August 2021 Eligibility Checker

The Welsh Government has announced further emergency support until 31 August 2021 for businesses that remain closed or severely impacted by restrictions shown via a greater than 60% impact on turnover compared to the corresponding timeline in 2019 or equivalent.

The Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) will provide support in the form of cash grants for businesses, social enterprises and charities and associated supply chain businesses that continue to experience a severe negative impact as a result of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. The grants will help meet operating costs (excluding staff wages) for the period 1 July 2021 to 31 August 2021.

The ERF will support businesses that are either:

  1. Forced to remain closed or unable to trade by on-going restrictions between 1st July 2021 and 31st August 2021
  2. Event Space and attractions severely impacted by ongoing social distancing regulations
  3. Other businesses with >60% impact on Turnover as a direct result of ongoing restrictions since 1st of May and were unable to open indoors before the 17th May 2021
  4. A supply chain business that generates 60% or more of its sales revenue from businesses falling into categories a), b) and/or c)

And (applies to all):
Have experienced a severe impact through reduced turnover of 60% or more in July and August 2021 as compared to July and August 2019 caused directly by on-going COVID-19 restrictions.

Any future Covid 19 funding which may be available for specific groups or sectors will take into account funding awarded under this round of the Economic Resilience Fund. This may lead to an adjustment or deduction in any future schemes.

You can use this tool to check your eligibility for this further package of ERF Support.

  • Applications for the ERF WITH A TURNOVER OF MORE THAN £85K are now open and will close at midday on Tuesday 27 July 2021.

  • Local Authorities across Wales will open applications for those businesses that are eligible WITH A TURNOVER OF LESS THAN £85K on the 26 July 2021. This grant application will remain open until 9 August 2021.

Other sources of support during the pandemic can be found on the Business Wales Covid-19 website.

Please read the guidance and FAQs to find out more.

The Job Retention Scheme (JRS)
In applying for this grant you should also have considered the Job Retention Scheme (also known as the furlough scheme) which has now been extended to 30 September 2021. As of 1 November, workers can be furloughed for all or part of their usual hours, and you can claim for anyone employed on 30 October 2020 with a Pay As You Earn (PAYE) RTI submission between 20 March 2020 and 30 October 2020.

Claims can be submitted up to 14 days in advance, and you will receive the payment and must pass this on to your employee. The full details of the scheme and how to apply can be found on the Coronavirus job Retention Scheme page. Please ensure you furlough all eligible staff for all their usual hours not worked to minimise income loss.

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Prior to 4 December 2020 were you receiving payment for goods or services for a business with a base or operating in Wales?

Businesses and organisations must have received payments for goods or services before 4 December 2020 to be eligible for funding

For other support opportunities and resources to help businesses through the COVID-19 crisis then please look at the information on our Support Finder pages.

Is your business impacted by at least one of the criteria below?

a) Forced to remain closed or unable to trade by on-going restrictions between 1st July 2021 and 31st August 2021

b) Event Space and attractions severely impacted by ongoing social distancing regulations

c) Other businesses with >60% impact on Turnover as a direct result of ongoing restrictions since 1st of May and were unable to open indoors before the 17th May 2021

d) A supply chain business that generates 60% or more of its sales revenue from businesses falling into categories a), b) and/or c)

(Please read guidance and FAQs for further information)

The funding is only available for businesses that fall into the impacted restrictions criteria

For other support opportunities and resources to help businesses through the COVID-19 crisis then please look at the information on our Support Finder pages.

Has the business experienced a severe impact through reduced turnover of 60% or more in July and August 2021 as compared to July and August 2019 caused directly by on-going COVID-19 restrictions.

(* Please read guidance and FAQs for further information)

The funding is only available for support of operational and financial challenges as a result of being materially impacted with a greater than 60% reduction of turnover as a result of the restrictions imposed during July 2021 and August 2021 compared to July 2019 and August 2019.

For other support opportunities and resources to help businesses through the COVID-19 crisis then please look at the information on our Support Finder pages.

Does the business meet one of the four criteria below:

  • a company registered with Companies House or the Charities Commission with a turnover above £85,000
  • is VAT registered with turnover above £85,000
  • sector exempt from VAT with turnover above £85,000, see details of VAT exemption.
  • A fully constituted and trading partnership, community interest company, co-operative society or community amateur sports club

Do you have an annual turnover less than £85,000?

Businesses and organisations must meet the structure criteria to be eligible for funding

For other support opportunities and resources to help businesses through the COVID-19 crisis then please look at the information on our Support Finder pages.

Eligible businesses with a turnover of less than £85,000 will be asked to apply via their local authority

A range of fixed grant award amounts will be available to cover operating costs between 1 July 2021 and 31 August 2021. The fixed grant award amounts are based on the number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff employed by the business (which can include the owner) as follows:

Number of FTE's a) - Forced to remain closed or unable to trade by on-going restrictions between 1st July 2021 and 31st August 2021 b) - Event Space and attractions severely impacted by ongoing social distancing regulations c) - Other businesses with >60% impact on Turnover as a direct result of ongoing restrictions since 1st of May and were unable to open indoors before the 17th May 2021 A supply chain business that generates 60% or more of its sales revenue from businesses falling into categories a), b) and/or c) Sole Traders without a property (LA delivery only < 85k TO) Impacted by >60%
1-3 FTE £5,000 £3,500 £2,500 £2,500 £1,000
4-9 FTE £10,000 £7,000 £5,000 £5,000


  • Local Authorities across Wales will open applications for those businesses that are eligible WITH A TURNOVER OF LESS THAN £85K on the 26 July 2021. This grant application will remain open until 9 August 2021.

Does the business pay employees through a PAYE registered scheme, which can include the Directors/Owners if they are an employee of the company denoted by PAYE structure (not dividend)?

Businesses and organisations must meet the PAYE criteria to be eligible for funding

For other support opportunities and resources to help businesses through the COVID-19 crisis then please look at the information on our Support Finder pages.

A range of fixed grant award amounts will be available to cover operating costs between 1 July 2021 and 31 August 2021. The fixed grant award amounts are based on the number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff employed by the business as follows:

FTE / Type a) - Forced to remain closed or unable to trade by on-going restrictions between 1st July 2021 and 31st August 2021 b) - Event Space and attractions severely impacted by ongoing social distancing regulations c) - Other businesses with >60% impact on Turnover as a direct result of ongoing restrictions since 1st of May and were unable to open indoors before the 17th May 2021 A supply chain business that generates 60% or more of its sales revenue from businesses falling into categories a), b) and/or c)
1-3 FTE £5,000 £3,500 £2,500 £2,500
4-9 FTE £10,000 £7,000 £5,000 £5,000
10-49 FTE £15,000 £12,000 £7,500 £7,500
50-99 FTE £20,000 £15,000 £10,000 £10,000
100+ FTE £25,000 £20,000 £15,000 £15,000

See guidance for further information.

You may be able to apply for the COVID-19 Fund

  • Applications for the ERF WITH A TURNOVER OF MORE THAN £85K are now open and will close at midday on Tuesday 27 July 2021.

Please read the eligibility criteria below for the COVID-19 Economic Resilience Emergency Support July August Grant.

Eligibility criteria and information required to make an application:

  • Confirmation is provided that funding from any other Welsh Government non-repayable grant funding source is not being pursued;
  • In excess of a 60% reduction in turnover between 1 July 2021 to 31 August 2021.
  • Have an annual turnover of at least £85,000
  • Operating address in Wales and has employees in Wales;
  • Meet one of the three of the below:
    • a company registered with Companies House or the Charities Commission with turnover above £85,000
    • is VAT registered with turnover above £85,000
    • sector exempt from VAT with turnover above £85,000, see details of VAT exemption.
    • A fully constituted and trading partnership, community interest company, co-operative society or community amateur sports club
  • A sustainable business plan exists to trade beyond the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • You will be required to demonstrate that you have either already accessed funding from your Bank (including the British Business Bank offer), or set out why you have not been able to, for example a deferred application;
  • You will have sufficient working capital in place to remain solvent and continue/re-start trading activity
  • Confirm no future compulsory redundancies will be made as long as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is in place.
  • Applicant businesses and organisation will be expected to align with the ethos and principles of the Economic Contract, and maximise use of the Job Retention Scheme for all eligible workers.
  • Total of all Grants received in the last 12 months cannot exceed 100% of annual turnover in a normal trading year (pre pandemic)
  • In submitting an application for the grant I am content for my application details to be shared following GDPR approval with delivery partners of the scheme (Local Authorities and Business Wales)
  • If successful I am happy for the name of my business to be published on a recipients of support list on the Welsh Governments web site.

Please have ready the following information before opening the online form:

  • VAT registration Number (If applicable)
  • Company Registration or Charity Commission Number (if applicable):
  • The Sector the business works in
  • Number of Employees
  • Annual Turnover
  • Bank account details – Bank, Sort code and Account number
  • Which COVID-19 support funds you have applied for or been accepted for.

Please be aware that the following activities are not eligible for funding from this scheme:

  • party political purposes;
  • the promotion of particular secular, religious or political views;
  • gambling;
  • pornography;
  • offering sexual services;
  • any kind of illegal activities; or
  • any kind of activity which in our opinion could bring the Welsh Government into disrepute.

Businesses that are headquartered in countries that are 100% tax havens are ineligible for funding from the Economic Resilience Fund. For the purposes of this scheme the 100% tax haven countries are:

  • British Virgin Islands
  • Bermuda
  • Cayman Islands
  • Bahamas
  • Isle of Man
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Anguilla

Please note

  • Any future Covid 19 funding which may be available for specific groups or sectors will take into account funding awarded under this round of the Economic Resilience Fund. This may lead to an adjustment or deduction in any future schemes
  • Acceptance of the Application for funding is discretionary with no appeals process.
  • The Application must be completed by an Authorised Signatory of the business. An Authorised Signatory can be one of the following:
    • Director: a registered director of a company;
    • Trustee: a registered trustee of a charity;
    • Partner: a designated partner/member of a limited liability partnership or a legal partner within a business;
    • Proprietor: owner of a business.

Have you read the full guidance and agree to the above conditions?

Unless a business meets the criteria, has the information indicated and accepts the conditions of the grant they cannot progress to submit an application

You can navigate to the Business Wales Covid-19 web page for other support opportunities and resources to help businesses through the COVID-19 crisis.