Update from Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council are now producing monthly updates for the city’s arts, culture, film and TV production sectors. This month’s update includes information on the new One City Plan Culture Board, support and networking opportunities, and audience insights; view it here.

You can sign up to receive the monthly updates direct to your inbox HERE

The Council has also just opened the second round of the Small Business Grants Discretionary Fund This is national government funding distributed through local authorities.

The aim of the funding is to help small businesses not eligible for other government support in the context of Covid-19 challenges. The fund has a very short deadline for applications: midnight Sunday 12 July. Grants up to £5,000.

Eligibility is rather vague (drawn from national government criteria), but examples of who would be eligible include creative small businesses in shared offices, regular market or street traders, and charity properties receiving charitable business rates.

Equally relevant:

You may still apply if your business is not on the list above but does fulfil all of the following categories:

  1. businesses which occupy a property, or part of a property, with fixed property costs, lease, licence, annual rent or annual mortgage payments up to and including £75,000
  2. businesses which can demonstrate that they’ve suffered a minimum 60% fall in income, due to the COVID-19 crisis.
  3. businesses with 49 or less employees
  4. businesses that were trading on or before 11 March 2020

As a micro-business or freelancer you can get one to one advice about this and wider business response / development through Bristol Council’s Outset micro-business COVID-19 support programme.