Support for business

Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund

Grant support is now available to help business deal with the impact of COVID-19. The purpose of these grants is to help protect jobs, prevent business closure and promote economic recovery. Applications for these grants will be accepted up until 31 March 2021.

The Business Support Grant Fund offers:

Small Business Support Grant – for small businesses in receipt of Small Business Bonus Scheme Relief or Rural Relief on 17 March 2020. 

You can also get this grant if you received Nursery Relief, Business Growth Accelerator Relief, Disabled Relief, Fresh Start, Discretionary Sports Relief or Enterprise Areas Relief on this date but are eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme.

Retail, Hospitality, Leisure Support Grant – for retail, hospitality and leisure business ratepayers with a rateable value between £18,001 and up to and including £51,000. 

Multiple retail, hospitality or leisure properties

From 5 May 2020, if you have multiple properties and are not eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme, you may still be eligible for a Small Business Support Grant for any retail, hospitality or leisure properties with a rateable value up to £18,000 each. All of your properties must have a combined rateable value of between £35,001 and £51,000.

Multiple properties

From 5 May 2020, if you have more than one property, you can apply for a grant for each eligible property.

This means you may be able to get a £10,000 or £25,000 grant for one property. Then each additional property may be eligible for a Small Business Support Grant of £7,500, or a Retail, Hospitality, Leisure Support Grant of £18,500.

For multiple properties you need to make a separate application for each eligible property.

Self-catering accommodation and caravans

Self-catering accommodation and caravans are eligible for these grants if they:

  • are a primary source of income for the ratepayer (one third or more), and
  • were let out for 140 days or more in financial year 2019-20

More information, including the types of business who qualify, can be found at https://www.mygov.scot/non-domestic-rates-coronavirus/