COVID-19 - GRANTS, LOANS & Financial SUPPORT

Find out what COVID-19 financial support your business may be entitled to - and how you can access it.

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COVID‑19 support is available to employers and the self-employed, including sole traders and limited company directors. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants - whether your business is open or closed.

If you are already receiving financial support, the body distributing your funds will advise you of any changes and extensions to the scheme.

If you are making a new claim, what you might be entitled to will depend on your situation and circumstances.

You should use the business support finder at gov.uk to find out what support is available to you and your business: 

COVID-19 Business Support Finder tool

Whilst the gov.uk information will help you determine the support you might be eligible for, schemes are administered on the ground by local authorities:

Dorset Council area

BCP Council area


Further funding opportunities

Inevitably, despite the comprehensive levels of support offered by the government, some businesses or organisations may find themselves ineligible for support.  

If your business could use an extra boost through the COVID-19 pandemic, Dorset Gateway offers additional help and support to businesses, social enterprises and charities based in the county.

COVID-19 support for businesses from Dorset Gateway

Contact us

Our Dorset Gateway team is here to help you understand the range of business support available as well as offer advice on custom brokerage, workshops and more.