The SME Brexit Support Fund could give you up to £2,000 to help with training or professional advice, but there is a limited window to apply for the grant.
The Brexit Support Fund was announced in February 2021. HMRC has confirmed that the applications can now be made online and that the closing date is 30 June. The fund may stop accepting the applications earlier if all funds (£20m) are allocated.
The Fund is providing grants of up to £2,000 to SMEs for training or professional advice to help meet their customs, excise, import/export VAT or safety and security declaration requirements.
What you’ll be able to use the grant for
You can use the grant for training on:
- how to complete customs declarations.
- how to manage customs processes and use customs software and systems
- specific import and export related aspects including VAT, excise and rules of origin
It can be used to help you get professional advice so your business can meet its customs, excise, import VAT or safety and security declaration requirements.
Who will be able to apply
Your business must:
- be established in the UK
- have been established in the UK for at least 12 months before submitting the application, or currently hold Authorised Economic Operator status
- not have previously failed to meet its tax or customs obligations
- have no more than 500 employees
- have no more than £100 million turnover
- import or export goods between Great Britain and the EU, or moves goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Your business must also either:
- complete (or intend to complete) import or export declarations internally for its own goods
- use someone else to complete import or export declarations but requires additional capability internally to effectively import or export (such as advice on rules of origin or advice on dealing with a supply chain)
How to apply
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is administering the grants for HMRC. Apply online through PwC.