Neath Port Talbot Council Freelancer Fund

Phase 2 of the fund is now open. If you have read the guidance, are eligible for the grant and wish to apply please complete all the requested fields on the online application form. For other support opportunities and resources to help businesses through the COVID-19 crisis please click here 

This is a grant to provide financial assistance to freelancers in the cultural and creative sectors that are facing financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The purpose of the grant is to support freelancers in the cultural and creative sectors facing financial challenges in the period from April 2020 - March 2021. The grant seeks to complement other COVID-19 response measures to support organisations and businesses in Wales as part of the Cultural Recovery Fund.

The eligibility criteria for the grant is as follows:

You are not eligible for this grant if:

This funding is specifically for creative/cultural subsectors and roles that have been forced to cease work and/or face difficultly restarting because of the impact of Covid-19 restrictions. Those in roles that have been able to continue at previous or near previous levels of activity (e.g. architects, graphic designers, games designers etc.) with or without support should not apply.

For further information on this grant please read the Freelancer Fund guidance notes.

If you have read the guidance, are eligible for the grant and wish to apply please complete all the requested fields on the online application form.

Phase 1 of The Freelancer Fund is now complete, phase 2 will open on Monday 19th October at 10am. A grant of £2,500 is available per individual and applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. This may lead to applications not being appraised after they have been submitted if the fund is fully committed.

Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The UK Government has announced a package of support for the Self Employed impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak, bringing support to the same level as that for employees.

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme will pay a taxable grant of 80% of average annual profits over the last 3 years up to £2,500 per month. HMRC will use existing information to check potential eligibility and invite applications once the scheme is operational.

The most recent information on the support announced by the UK Government can be found on their website.

HMRC Self-employment eligibility tool

This week HMRC will start contacting customers who may be eligible for the new Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. The scheme will allow customers to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of their average trading profits up to a maximum of £7,500, equivalent to three months’ profits.

Customers can claim if they’re a self-employed individual, or a member of a business partnership, their business has been adversely impacted by coronavirus.

Customers can check eligibility using the self-employed checker tool.

*Individuals should not contact HMRC, if eligible, you will be contacted*

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Those who pay themselves a salary and dividends through their own company are not covered by the Self-employment Income Support Scheme but will be covered for their salary by the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme if they are operating PAYE schemes.

Employers can apply for direct cash grants through HMRC’s new online portal – with the money expected to land in their bank accounts within six working days.

The link to the online portal can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-job-retention-scheme-up-and-running

Universal Credit

You can make a claim for Universal Credit while you wait for the grant. You should record the grant as part of your self-employment income, and it may affect the amount of Universal Credit you get. This will not affect Universal Credit claims for earlier periods.