Find out what grants you can apply for to get funding for training and IT improvements if your business completes customs declarations.
You can apply for 2 grants to help your business complete customs declarations, in preparation for the UK leaving the EU.
You can apply to get funding for:
- training that helps your employees to complete customs declarations and processes
- IT improvements to help your business complete customs declarations more efficiently
Who can apply
You can apply if your business completes customs declarations and is established in, or has a branch in the UK. This includes customs brokers, freight forwarders and fast parcel operators.
You can apply for just one of the grants, or both.
Your business has to meet certain requirements, depending on which grant you want to apply for.
To apply for the training grant, your business must either:
- complete customs declarations for yourself or someone else (or intend to in the future)
- import from, or export to the EU and complete customs declarations (or intend to complete customs declarations in the future)
IT improvements grant
To apply for the IT improvements grant, your business must:
- currently complete customs declarations for importers and exporters
- have 250 employees or fewer
- have an annual turnover of less than €50 million
What you must use the grants for
The training must give your employees skills to:
- complete customs declarations and processes
- help other businesses with import and export processes
The training does not have to lead to a formal qualification.
If you want to arrange the training internally, you can use the funding for the cost of delivering the training, like related stationery, room hire and catering.
If the training will be delivered by an in-house trainer, you can also use the funding to cover the (reasonable) day rate of the trainer.
You cannot use the funding:
- towards the existing costs of current training
- for other unrelated training
You must use the funding to buy software that will help your business to complete customs declarations more efficiently.
It must be a ready-made solution - you cannot use the funding to commission bespoke software.
You can also use the funding to:
- buy hardware that’s needed for the software to run
- install and configure the software and hardware
- buy the first year licence
- train employees to use the software
You cannot use the funding for unrelated networking costs.
Amounts of funding available
The grant will give you up to 50% of the cost of training for your employees, up to a limit of £750 for each employee on a course.
You can get up to 60% of training costs, up to a limit of £1,050 for each employee, if your business:
- employs fewer than 250 people
- has an annual turnover of less than €50 million
You can get up to 70% of training costs, up to a limit of £1,050 for each employee, if your business:
- employs fewer than 50 people
- has an annual turnover (or annual balance sheet total) of less than €10 million
The grant will give you up to €200,000 (the maximum amount of state aid available).
What you’ll need
When you apply, you’ll be asked for your:
- registered company name and number
- business’s contact details
- business’s VAT number (if this applies)
- Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR)
- business’s most recent utility bill
Depending on which grant you’re applying for, you’ll also need to provide some information about what you’ll use the funding for.
You’ll be asked for:
- a quote for the cost of the training
- the CV of the trainer if the training will be delivered internally
IT improvements grant
You’ll be asked for:
- details of the software you intend to buy
- quotes for the cost of:
- buying and installing the software
- buying and installing related hardware
- training employees to use the software
How to apply
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is administering the grants for HMRC.
After you’ve applied
You’ll be told if you need to provide more information.
If your application is successful you’ll receive a grant offer letter.
After you’ve paid for the training or IT improvements, you’ll need to submit your proof of payment to receive the funding.
The grant will be paid to you within 30 days of your valid claim for reimbursement being accepted. It’ll be paid by Bacs (Bankers Automated Clearing System) to a UK bank account in the name of the person who applied.