Businesses, employers and jobs - coronavirus update

Coronavirus Business Support Fund

Apply online for a £10,000 Small Business Support Grant or the £25,000 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Support Grant.

The original scheme has now been extended and now also covers additional categories:

  • Ratepayers with multiple business properties meeting the qualifying criteria are eligible to receive a one-off grant of £10,000 or £25,000 for their first property, and £7,500 or £18,750 for each subsequent qualifying property.
  • Allows small sports clubs that are eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme but in receipt of discretionary sports relief to be eligible for the £10,000 Grant Scheme.
  • Allow small properties in Enterprise Areas that are eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme but in receipt of Enterprise Areas relief to be eligible for the £10,000 Grant Scheme.
  • Confirm that Arms’ Length External Organisations will also be made eligible for the Grant Funding Scheme and clarify that public bodies are excluded.

The updated scheme enables ratepayers of properties in the Retail, Hospitality, and Leisure sectors, who were previously ineligible for support, to access the Small Business Grant Fund. Ratepayers operating properties in Retail, Hospitality, and Leisure where individual rateable values do not exceed £18,000 and cumulative rateable value is between £35,001 and £51,000, will now be able to apply for the Small Business Grant Fund for each of their Retail, Hospitality or Leisure properties.

A further update from the Scottish Government on 11 May 2020, is for the £10,000 Small Business Grant Fund to include businesses which are eligible for Small Business Bonus Scheme, but in receipt of Charitable Rates Relief.

Guidance on the scheme to help non-domestic rate payers in Scotland during coronavirus (COVID-19) is available on the website.

If you feel that your property should qualify for a grant as it is broadly similar but not one of the specific property types listed, please complete the form and we’ll assess your eligibility.

To help us process your application quickly and to avoid delays, please complete it fully and accurately.  We'll send an email receipt to you when we receive your application. Check your junk folder if you don't receive one.

Apply for the Coronavirus Business Support Fund

Processing applications

Our team has worked through thousands of applications since the scheme opened at the end of March. To help us meet this high demand, we've pooled resources from across the Council to process your applications. We recognise that this is an extremely difficult time for businesses and a huge effort is underway to get applications assessed and paid.

As of 19 May 2020, over 6400 applications have been awarded and grants totalling £79.8m have been paid to local business owners. In the majority of cases payment can be made without follow up however, in some instances, liability issues require to be resolved. Contact has been made with these businesses and work is ongoing to resolve queries and make payment.

As of 19 May, applications to the updated scheme are being assessed within 10 working days and immediate payment is being made, where no further information is required. As with the original scheme the majority of cases are expected to be made without follow up however, in some instances, liability issues may require to be resolved. This may delay the assessment process and potential payment.

Where an application does not meet the Scottish Government’s qualifying criteria, they will have to rejected and this will be communicated to businesses. As of 19 May, 660 applications have been rejected. An appeals process is also in place and following further information and clarification further awards are being made.

If you applied more than 10 working days ago and have not received a grant payment or a specific follow up regarding your application, please email providing your business name, rates account, web reference number (if applicable) and contact details. This contact will be prioritised and, where applications are approved, a same day payment will be made.

Appeals against rejection decision

All applications are assessed against the Scottish Government’s business support qualifying criteria. If your application doesn’t meet the necessary criteria, we’ll contact you by email to advise that it has been rejected. You may wish to review the Scottish Government guidelines and if you believe the application has been incorrectly assessed then please follow the instructions on your rejection email for details of how to submit an appeal. Appropriate appeals will be determined by senior Council officers to ensure that the qualifying criteria has been correctly applied.  We aim to consider appeals within 5 working days.

Privacy policy

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