Sunderland City Council endeavours to ensure that information contained on this page is up to date and correct and in line with the latest NHS and Government advice. The council accepts no liability for error or omission.

New guidance for businesses and organisations on how to recognise, contain and report incidents of coronavirus has been published
Covid-19 early outbreak management information has been published and Action Cards developed to cover a range of businesses and organisations to provide specific advice on the issues each type of organisation may face now lockdown restrictions have been eased. The cards are designed to be printed or downloaded to keep on hand in your business or organisation.

Information linked to recovery, including 'Covid-19 Secure' guidelines for employers published by government, can be found at Covid-19 - Recovery

An overview of the government support for businesses as well as regional and local links can be found at Further government support for businesses

UPDATE: 20 July - Applications for Phase 2 of the Discretionary Fund are now closed.

Government support

The Government's coronavirus business support finder tool can help businesses and self-employed people to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them. The tool asks business owners to fill out a simple questionnaire. They will then be directed to a list of all the financial support they may be eligible for. To access the support finder tool visit

Full information on the Government's support for businesses can be found at

Business Grant Schemes

The Government guidance for businesses can be found below:

Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund Schemes

The Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund announced by the Government for Sunderland organisations are being administered by Sunderland City Council's Business Rates team.

Work is continuing to ensure the grants are paid out to all those that qualify as quickly as possible.

Any business or organisation that has not yet submitted their details on the online form but would like to find out whether it is eligible for the grant should review the guidance Grant Funding Schemes and complete the online Covid-19 Business Rates Grant Funding Scheme form.