HMRC will open the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) earlier than expected on May 13.
The taxman has already begun notifying the self-employed if they are eligible for the SEISS.
Previously chancellor Rishi Sunak had announced the scheme would open in June.
The claim service will open on May 13 and payments to eligible workers will be made by May 25, or within six working days of completing an application.
Approved claims through the self-employed income support will be made within six working