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COVID-19 Business Grants

Funding to help Small to Medium sized businesses recover 

South East Midlands Kickstart Grant Scheme

Applications are now closed

We have reached grant application capacity and therefore, applications are now closed.

If you have successfully submitted your application, or if you had clicked submit, but have received error messages, your application will be timestamped. We will be reviewing the first 250 applications in the order that the ‘Submit’ button was clicked.

If you had passed page one on the application form when the process closed, a draft was automatically saved in the system. You have now been added to a waiting list.

If you didn’t apply, we recommend signing up to the SEMLEP’s Growth Hub newsletter to be updated with the latest information about funding opportunities, when they become available.

About the scheme

The South East Midlands Kickstart Grant Scheme is closed for applications.

The purpose of these grants is to help businesses who have been affected by COVID-19 to deal with the initial impact and access specialist professional advice, equipment or technology to help rebuild and recover. 100% of the money will come from government with no obligation for businesses to contribute financially.

Grants of up to £5000 were available, although most grants will be in the range between £1,000-£3,000. One grant was specifically aimed at tourism and hospitality-related businesses, while the other was open to any small or medium-sized business impacted by the pandemic. Both grant types used the same application form which was available via this webpage from 9 am, Monday 14 September, until application capacity was met at 10:20am.

Approximately 200 grants were available in the SEMLEP area of Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes.

Additional Information

Applications opened via an online portal on this webpage at 9 am on Monday 14 September and will now be processed in the order that they have been received.

To manage demand, we closed the application process closed at 10:20am when the first 250 applications had been submitted through the online form.

More information on the application process can be found in the FAQs document.


The timetable for the grant process is as follows:

28th August:  eligibility guidance for the grants, including a set of Frequently Asked Questions, released on the SEMLEP Growth Hub website. Newsletter subscribers notified webpage and FAQs are available.

3rd September:  a PDF example of the application form will be published on this webpage to enable interested companies collate information and prepare answers before the application portal opens.

Week commencing 14th September: the application process will open. Businesses will need to fill in an online application form – please check this page.

Week commencing 28th September: successful applicants will be notified and grant offer letters issued.


More information

You can view the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) via the PDF below, which includes information on who was eligible and what the grant can fund.  Please be aware these may be updated, so check back for the most recent version.

The FAQs are comprehensive so please read them in full before starting an application.

PDF: Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Business Grants

Get in touch

If you have any further questions about the South East Midlands Kickstart Grant Scheme, please email at [email protected].

If you want to talk through your wider finance and funding options, alongside your wider business plan and resilience, get in touch with the Growth Hub team emailing [email protected] or visit



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Last Updated: 10:20 am, 14 September 2020