Businesses, employers and jobs - coronavirus update

Coronavirus Business Support Fund

Applications and appeals are now closed.

The Small Business Support Grant and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Support Grant closed at 5pm on Friday 10 July 2020 and submissions after this will not be considered. Requests for appeals received after 5pm on Friday 31 July 2020 will not be considered.

  • If you previously applied for a grant but we requested further information from you in order to assess your application, you must have provided this by 5pm on Friday 31 July 2020, otherwise we will consider you to have withdrawn your application. 
  • If you previously applied for a grant but your application was dependant on the views of the Assessor (for example to determine if the premises should be included in the Non-Domestic Rates Valuation Roll), this may be delayed until the Assessor is able to make a site visit. In such cases, where possible, we will process your application using other evidence.
  • If you made an application prior to the 10 July 2020, and have not been advised of the outcome, email [email protected].

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 4 August 2020, over 9,400 applications have been awarded and grants totalling £116.4m 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.

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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