Businesses, employers and jobs - coronavirus update

Coronavirus Strategic Framework Business Fund

This fund closed to new applications on 22 March 2021. The final date for businesses who have been rejected to appeal to the Council is 9 April 2021.

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.

The Strategic Framework Business Fund provided grants to businesses required to close by law or to significantly change its operations due to COVID-19 restrictions from 2 November 2020.

The final four-weekly payment was made on 19 March 2021. As with previous months, this was

  • £2,000 for businesses with a Rateable Value up to £51,000
  • £3,000 for businesses with a Rateable Value £51,001 or above

On 19 April 2021, all SFBF recipients will automatically receive a combined final two-week supplement and a one-off restart grant to help them reopen

  • retailers in receipt of SFBF will be eligible for grants up to £7,500 based on rateable value:
  • For properties with a rateable value below £51,000: £7,000 (£6,000  plus £1,000)
  • For properties with a rateable value above £51,001: £7,500 (£6,000 plus £1,500)
    • hospitality and leisure in receipt of SFBF will be eligible for grants up to £18,000 based on rateable value:
  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under: £9,000 (£8,000 plus £1,000)
  • For properties with a rateable value between £15,001 and £51,000: £13,000 (£12,000 plus £1,000).
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,001 or over: £19,500 (£18,000 plus £1,500).

Who the grant is for

This is for Scottish businesses that are already receiving funding from the Strategic Framework Business Fund.

Payment dates

A final four-weekly payment was made on 19 March 2021.

On 19 April 2021, recipients will automatically receive a combined final two-week supplement and a one-off restart grant.

Payment queries

If you have received confirmation that your application has been successful but either

1. Your payment has not been received by the expected payment date.

2. The value you have received is different to what you believe you are entitled.

Email us at

[email protected]

To help us answer your query quickly you must provide your

  • Non-Domestic Rates reference number
  • business name
  • business address
  • web reference you received when you submitted your application. You can find this on your email confirmation.

If my application is rejected

All rejected applications have a right of appeal and further information on this will be confirmed at the time.

The final date for businesses who have been rejected to appeal to the Council is 9 April 2021.