What can the training grant be used for? • 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 Customs declarations or other declarations required to complete customs processes in the UK or EU, such as safety and security declarations.
What training is excluded from the grant?
Excluded from this scheme is training which is not related specifically to new trade rules with the EU - for example training to meet Health and Safety requirements.
What training is eligible for this grant?
Externally delivered training
Please note, internal training is not eligible for this grant.
The Grant Applicant, and any other undertaking forming a single undertaking with the Grant Applicant, confirms that any grant applied for under this scheme will not cause them to have obtained in excess of £180,000 in aid during the current and two previous fiscal years from HMRC or any other public authority.
The cap per applicant is £2,000. Should eligible training costs exceed that amount, grant support will be limited to £2,000 per organisation.
What are the grant limitations?
What are the time limits on qualifying expenditure?
Please note, qualifying expenditure must have been made on or after 11 February 2021 and must be evidenced, in full, on submission of your claim for payment. The claim for payment including acceptable evidence of expenditure must be submitted within two calendar months of the grant offer being issued, and by 31 August 2021 at the latest.
Is my organisation eligible?
Who can apply?
To apply for the SME Brexit Support Fund, you will need to self-certify that your organisation meets the following criteria:
1. Grants are available to enterprises fall within certain limits. The thresholds are:
2. Your organisation must be an importer or exporter of goods between GB and EU countries or moves goods between GB and Northern Ireland, and either completes or intends to complete customs declarations internally for its own goods; or uses intermediary representation for completion of customs declarations but requires additional capability internally to effectively import and/or export (such as advice on rules of origin or VAT). Please note traders in services are not eligible.
Note that in in the above, declarations are defined as “the preparation of customs declarations paperwork and/or digital activity (whether import or export declarations), including relating to Safety and Security, excise and import VAT and submission of these to customs authorities.
3. Your organisation must be either established in the UK for at least 12 months prior to the submission of its application for grant funding or have Authorised Economic Operator status, as normally listed on the European Commission’s website
4. Your organisation must have a permanent establishment or branch in the UK, at both the time of application and payment of the grant. This does not preclude organisations established in the UK but operating overseas, as long as it can be shown that the overseas operational activity is in support of customs declarations for the UK.
5. Your organisation must be in good standing with HMRC. A business is deemed to not be in good standing where our records show applicants (including Directors/owners/senior staff) have not complied with HMRC requirements. HMRC will make a proportionate decision on whether an applicant will be disqualified from applying on these grounds. Indicators could include a record of:
6. All applicants agree to cooperate with HMRC at suitable points after the payment of grants, to provide such data as is required to demonstrate the expansion of capacity that has resulted from the aforementioned grants.
Qualifying expenditure for training or professional advice must have been made or committed to on or after the announcement of the additional £20m on 11 February 2021.
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