Support for business

Grant support is now available to help business deal with the impact of COVID-19. These one-off grants are to help protect jobs, prevent business closure and promote economic recovery.

Two types of grant are available to ratepayers if you fit the criteria on 17 March 2020:

  • £10,000 grant to ratepayers of businesses in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme or Rural Relief. Business with a rateable value up to £18,000 are eligible. You can also get this grant if you applied for Nursery Relief or Disabled Relief but are eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme.
  • Retail, hospitality and leisure business ratepayers with a rateable value between £18,001-£51,000 can apply for a one-off grant of £25,000.

This grant is being administered by councils on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Eligible ratepayers can apply for a one-off grant payment as detailed above up to 31 March 2021. Only one grant is allowed per ratepayer regardless of the number of premises held. 

We will review your application and assess if you are eligible for the grant.

We aim to make payment within 10 working days from receipt of a fully completed application. 

The deadline for applications to the Business Support Fund is 31 March 2021.

In the form we will ask you for your 14-digit rates reference number from your rates bill. If you don’t have this you can use the 10-digit reference number from any email we have sent to you.

If you do not have access to either of these reference numbers submit your application using reference 999999.

We will also ask you to upload a scanned bank statement or image of the nominated online account dated within the last 3 months.

For more information see the Scottish Government website.