Tide Charity Reportedly Awards  £175,000 to Small Businesses Impacted By COVID-19 Pandemic


UK-based challenger bank Tide recently announced its Tide Charity has donated £175,000 to small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Tide, the charity launched in November 2020 in partnership with the Daily MailKarren Brady, and The Federation of Small Businesses. Its mission is to provide financial support to small businesses put at risk by the COVID-19 crisis and it has raised more than £200,000 for small businesses at risk. This includes donations from ClearBank, Amazon UK, GuerillaScope, Hoxton Mix, Ozone, Yapily, and Jumio, as well as private donations and contributions from the public.

Applications opened for the first round of grants at the end of November 2020 and Tide Charity has now awarded grants of £1,000 to 175 successful applicants. Those who were awarded funding include:

  • Over half (60%) of the awardees applied for financial support from the Government
    The Government’s help wasn’t sufficient to keep from falling into financial difficulty
  • On average, awardees had been trading for 6.7 years
  • Over half (53%) of the grants went to female-run businesses
  • Sectors most in need of help were arts, entertainment, recreation, and hospitality

The three awardees were Aleafia, Whitefield Bowling Club, and Nic Holman Photography. Tide then added:

“Tide Charity is appealing for donations for a second round of grants to small businesses in need. The charity has already raised over £40,000 for the second round and aims to raise a further £160,000 as quickly as possible. Applications for Tide Charity grants will open when the target of £200,000 has been reached.”

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