Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Financial support

Support is available for individuals, businesses and other organisations that have suffered financially due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Financial support for businesses

A range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees. You will receive some automatically and will have to apply for others.

GOV.UK: financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19) lists the types of financial support you can get for your business. Advice is also available at HM Government: Business Support.

The government has created a support-finder to help you find the financial support available for your business – go to GOV.UK: find coronavirus financial support for your business.

We have provided direct links to some of this support below:

Our business rates pages have information on:

  • further assistance with business rates provided by Thurrock Council
  • sending contact and payment details for access to government cash grants
  • eligibility and applying for support from the Discretionary Business Grant Scheme

Financial support for the self-employed

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals – including members of partnerships – whose income has been negatively impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19). It will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

For full details, go to GOV.UK: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

Additionally, we are providing financial assistance for the self-employed in the form of deferred council tax payments.

Financial support for charities

The government has announced a £5 million grant to help mental health charities that support people struggling with their mental health. The fund will be administered by Mind – the mental health charity. Go to Mind: government announces support for mental health during coronavirus outbreak.

The organisations below offer grants to help charities deal with the effects of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Organisation and fund Description
Essex Community Foundation
Essex Coronavirus Response and Recovery Programme
Getting emergency funding to voluntary and community organisations in Thurrock, Essex and Southend. Grants of up to £15,000 are available.
Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)
CAF coronavirus emergency fund
Helping smaller charitable organisations in the UK affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). Grants of up to £10,000 are available.
COVID-19 Community Fund
Grants for Neighbourly causes that support members of the community suffering economically, socially or from ill-health as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).
HM Government
GOV.UK: Food Charities Grant Fund
Food charities helping people affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) can apply for a grant of up to £100,000. Closing date is Monday 6 July.

Financial support for arts

Arts Council England is making £160 million of emergency funding available for organisations and individuals who will need it during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

For full details, go to Arts Council England: COVID-19 support.

Financial support for heritage

The Heritage Fund is making £50 million available for a Heritage Emergency Fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 are available. The closing date for applications is 30 June 2020.

For full details, go to Heritage Fund: response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Financial support for sports clubs

Sports clubs and organisations can apply to Sport England for grants between £300 and £10,000 if they are experiencing short-term financial hardship or an end of operations due to coronavirus (COVID-19). The dealine for applications is 31 July 2020.

For full details, go to Sport England: Community Emergency Fund.

Financial support for individuals

For full government advice on sick pay and benefits for individuals, go to GOV.UK: Universal Credit – coronavirus and claiming benefits.

Further support is available via:

We will send new council tax bills automatically to anyone claiming council tax support. These will show a £150 reduction in the bill due to money paid from the government’s Coronavirus Hardship Relief fund.

If you are waiting for a Council Tax Support Assessment, you are able to defer making payments towards your current council tax bill until your application has been assessed.

Universal Credit claimants can apply for a discount of up to 75% on their council tax bill.

On 18 March 2020, the government announced a complete ban on evictions for at least 3 months. During this period, your rent will still be charged as usual. Council tenants should read our coronavirus (COVID-19) rent advice.