Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Visit Herts are working in partnership to offer small and micro businesses within the tourism, leisure, hospitality, retail, arts and cultural sectors the chance to unlock between £2000 and £5000 in match funding to help overcome the challenges of Covid-19
The £200,000 Hertfordshire LEP fund will be administered by Visit Herts and delivered through the Crowdfunder Pay it Forward platform. Participating businesses will raise money for their project through pledges from their community and loyal customers. Once a business secures their target through the Crowdfunder campaign, successful applicants will be able to unlock between £2,000 – £5,000 in match-funding from the Crowdfund Hertfordshire: Small Business Innovation Fund.
To qualify, your business will need to be located in Hertfordshire and be a micro or small business primarily operating in tourism, leisure, hospitality, retail, arts or culture sectors. You will need to demonstrate that your business has been affected by Covid-19 and how you would use the funding to adapt your current business to either operate during lockdown, or to adjust to post lockdown measures. You will also need to clearly demonstrate that the adjustments you intend to make will help protect jobs directly within your business.
If your business is eligible and you are interested in getting involved, you can apply for the fund here.
New to Crowdfunder?
To get involved, businesses will need to create their own Crowdfund project page and start raising money via the platform. Take a look below at some helpful hints and tutorials on setting up your page and getting the most from your profile;
- Planning Your Project
- Creating Your Project and Telling Your Story
- Running Your Project and Connecting with Your Crowd
Support with Covid-19
Dedicated Covid-19 pages which details the latest information and support available for businesses. The Hertfordshire Growth Hub also provides information and support to Hertfordshire-based businesses.