Who can apply
This funding is aimed at micro and small businesses (fewer than 50 staff) across all sectors and company types, including those that do not pay non-domestic rates.
This funding is specifically for:
- businesses that supply goods or services to those who have been closed or restricted (such as caterers; events/conference organisers, bands, DJs, photographers etc) cleaning businesses; tradespeople; facilities management businesses; food/drink suppliers/wholesalers; AV companies.
- businesses facing hardship as a consequence of the current restrictions (such as kennels and catteries; dog groomers; tour guides; removals)
- businesses who do not have business premises and are therefore ineligible for grants attached to the rates system (for example home-based business or businesses renting space in other premises such as chairs in salons or desks in offices)
If you have received support from, or are eligible to receive support from, schemes introduced since October 2020 you should not apply to this fund.
Applicants in receipt of benefits
Applicants in receipt of state benefits payments (Universal Credit, Statutory Sick Pay, Employment and Support Allowance, Job Seekers’ Allowance, Income Support) are eligible.
However, it will be for applicants, based on their individual financial circumstances, to consider any implications tax wise or indeed for other financial support and benefits that they receive.
Payments for the Discretionary Fund will be in line with employment tiers as follows:
- No employees - £4000
- Businesses employing between two and ten staff - £6000
- Businesses employing between 11 and 50 staff - £10,000
This fund is limited, therefore assessment will be based on those businesses facing the greatest impact through significant loss of income.
Applicants should note that this grant is deemed state aid in terms of the UK Government’s obligations relating to subsidy control as set out in the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement and if your grant application is successful you should declare it when asked if applying for other public sector funding. To ensure that you do not breach state aid thresholds we are required to gather information regarding public sector funding you have received over the last three years.
How to apply
You will need:
- business bank account details (In exceptional circumstances personal bank accounts can be accepted, for example where a business is able to evidence that they have been unable to set up a business bank account, and there must be clear evidence of business trading passing through the account)
- Non Domestic Rates or Council Tax information and evidence
- evidence of type of business (sole trader, company etc)
- details of Covid -19 grants already received
- evidence of at least 25% loss of income since Covid-19 restrictions were introduced in October 2020, through bank accounts or profit and loss statements
The Scottish Government are continuing to finalise details of additional support schemes which you may be eligible for. It is your responsibility to apply to the most appropriate fund.
Details of live or soon to be launched schemes appear on: