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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

If you submitted an application, you should have received an email update from [email protected] at 13.45 PM on 30 September 2020. If you did not receive this email, please check your junk folder and contact the team by emailing [email protected].

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 10:20 am.

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 10:20 am when the first 250 applications had been submitted through the online form.

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: 11:02 am, 30 September 2020