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Coronavirus Strategic Framework Business Fund

If your business is required to close by law or to significantly change its operations due to COVID-19 restrictions from 2 November 2020, you may be eligible to apply for grant funding.

You can check if your business is eligible for this fund on the Scottish Government website.

This support is separate from, and in addition to, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions Fund to support employees and businesses impacted by local COVID-19 restrictions, from 9 October until 1 November. Applications for that funding closed on 3 November.

Moving to tier level 4 

If you are receiving a Strategic Framework Business Support Grant or waiting to hear the outcome of a recently submitted application you don’t need to re-apply. You will receive the next payment on 22 January 2021. For applications received on or after 18 January 2021, payment will be made on 29 January 2021.

If you have already made an application under the Business Restrictions Fund, you do not need to re-apply under tier 4 closure restrictions and will receive an increased payment under the Temporary Closure Fund. Additionally eligible businesses in hospitality, retail and leisure will get a one-off grant on 25 January 2021.

Hospitality businesses

  • £25,000 for larger hospitality businesses on top of the 4-weekly £3,000
  • £6,000 for smaller hospitality businesses on top of the 4-weekly £2,000

Retail and leisure businesses

  • £9,000 for larger retail and leisure businesses on top of the 4-weekly £3,000
  • £6,000 for smaller retail and leisure businesses on top of the 4-weekly £2,000

Eligible businesses that have already applied for the 4-weekly payment from the Strategic Framework Business Fund will get an automatic top-up.

For new eligible applicants from 26 December 2020, the next cycle of these grants will be paid on 22 January 2021. For applications received on or after 18 January 2021, payment will be made on 29 January 2021.

What you can get

If your business is required to close by law - Business Temporary Closure Fund

If your business is required to close by law you could be entitled to a temporary closure grant, every four weeks, of one of the following:

  • £2,000 if your business premises has a rateable value of up to and including £51,000
  • £3,000 if your business premises has a rateable value of £51,001 or above.

An upper limit of £15,000 in total in any four-week period will apply to any eligible business operating multiple premises up to 31 December 2020. The upper limit no longer applies for 1 January 2021.

If your business is required to modify its operation - Business Restrictions Fund

If your business is specifically required to modify its operations, as specified by the schedules of The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020, or specified in the levels list on the Strategic Framework Business Fund eligibilty page, you may be entitled to a Business Restrictions grant, every four weeks, of one of the following

  • £1, 400 if your business premises has a rateable value of up to and including £51,000 
  • £2,100 if your business premises has a rateable value of £51,001 or above.

An upper limit of £10,500 in total in any four-week period will apply to any eligible business operating multiple premises up to 31 December 2020. The upper limit no longer applies for 1 January 2021.

How grants will be paid

Grants will be paid every four weeks in arrears. We are planning for the first schedule of 4 weekly payments to be made to eligible businesses who have fully completed an online application form on Thursday 26 November 2020.

You will not need to re-apply if restrictions are extended beyond four weeks. 

When restrictions end, any final payment in arrears may be adjusted to reflect the duration of the restrictions to the nearest week.

Eligibility

Whether your business is eligible will depend on where your premises are located and what level of restrictions are in place at any point in time.

You can check the protection level (tier) for your area on the Scottish Government website.

You can apply if

  • your business has been directly impacted by restrictions, and the type/ sector is specifically mentioned in the list below
  • you have a business bank account - this is the account your grant will be paid into if your application is successful
  • your business is registered for non-domestic rates - if you pay rates through a landlord rather than directly to a local authority you can still apply but must provide evidence through a copy of the lease agreement.

Limited companies (including Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations), sole traders, trust and partnerships can apply provided they meet the above criteria.

If your business operates multiple premises you must complete an application for each.

Apply online for the Business Temporary Closure Fund

Apply for the Business Temporary Closure Fund

Apply online for the Business Restrictions Fund

Apply for the Business Restrictions Fund