Business temporary closure fund

The next payments will be made on Monday 25 January and Wednesday 28 January. We are dealing with a high volume of applications at present. If you have not supplied the correct documentation to support your application this will cause delays and could impact payment of your grant payment in January.

If your application is rejected, please do not submit another application. For further information or to query the decision, please contact

Move to Level 4

Angus moved to Level 4 on 26 December, then temporary lockdown on 5 January - where Level 4 eligibility listed below still applies.

If you are already in receipt of grants from the temporary closure or business restrictions fund you do not need to re-apply. We will automatically alter grant payments to reflect the change of levels.

If you have not previously applied, or applied but did not meet the criteria for Level 2 or 3 support, and are now eligible under Level 4, you can apply again.

Who is eligible

Eligibility will depend on the level of restrictions which are in place at any point in time in the location of the business premises.

The business temporary closure grant is for those businesses required to close by law, as set out in the schedules of The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 which contains the measures which apply for each level.  Part 1 of each schedule contains the businesses which are required to close.

Any business not specifically mentioned in these regulations or on the list below is not eligible.  It is for a local authority to determine if a business meets the description and further information can be requested, where necessary, to determine eligibility of applications.

Further clarification on those businesses which may be eligible

(* Owners of mobile close contact services should not apply to this fund. Support for mobile close contact services will be published separately.)

Level 0, Level1

Nightclubs - A nightclub is an entertainment premises that is open until at least 2 am at the weekend, and the main or routine operation of the premises is after 7 pm,  and where the majority of the premises are given over to permanent dance floor facilities.  It must also:

  • have a permanent DJ Performance Area/Booth
  • be licensed for Recorded Music, Dance Facilities and Live Performance (at Q5 Activities Matrix within the Premises Licence Operating Plan); and  
  • the premises Licence Operating Plan at 5(g) must confirm it trades Post 01.00am with music exceeding 85 DB and more patrons likely to be standing than seated.

Level 2

  • Hospitality: Pubs that do not serve food and do not have outdoor seating
  • Leisure and entertainment: soft play, funfairs, indoor bowling, theatres,  comedy clubs, sports stadiums,  conference or exhibition centres, snooker/pool halls, music venues, casinos, nightclubs. 
  • Mobile close contact services* - specifically  beauty and nail services (including make-up services), hair removal services, tattoo, piercing and body modification services, fashion design, dress-fitting and tailoring services, indoor portrait photography and art services, massage therapies, complementary and alternative medicine services requiring physical contact or close physical proximity between persons, but not osteopathy and chiropractic services, spa and wellness services

Level 3

  • Pubs that do not serve food and do not have outdoor seating 
  • Cinemas, Arcades, Soft play, Funfairs, Indoor bowling, Theatres, Snooker/pool halls,  comedy clubs, sports stadiums,  conference or exhibition centres, Music venues, Casinos, Bingo halls, Nightclubs
  • Mobile close contact services*

Level 4

Accommodation: Hotels, B&Bs, Self-catering, Caravan and Camp Sites

Hospitality: Restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars, social clubs

Retail: Non-essential retail (which specifically excludes food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores and corner shops; off licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol (including breweries); pharmacies (including non-dispensing pharmacies) and chemists; newsagents; homeware, building supplies and hardware stores; petrol stations, car repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, taxi or vehicle hire businesses, banks, building societies, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs, cash points and undertakings which by way of business operate a currency exchange office, transmit money (or any representation of money) by any means or cash cheques which are made payable to customers; post offices; funeral directors; laundrettes and dry cleaners; dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody services, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health; veterinary surgeons and pet shops; agricultural supplies shops and agricultural markets; storage and distribution facilities, including delivery drop off or collection points, where the facilities are in the premises of a business included in this subparagraph; )car parks; public toilets, livestock markets or auctions; garden centres, plant nurseries, outdoor markets, and outdoor car lots)

Sports and Exercise: Indoor gyms, swimming pools, dance studios, exercise class/yoga studios.

Leisure and Entertainment: Cinemas, Arcades, Soft play, Funfairs, Indoor bowling, Theatres,  comedy clubs,  sports stadiums,  conference or exhibition centres,  Snooker/pool halls, Music venues, Casinos, Bingo halls, Nightclubs. 

Visitor attractions

The grant is available for business with premises registered for Non-Domestic rates as at 1 November 2020.  Business that pay rates through their landlords may also apply, and local authorities may request documentation proving this, such as a lease or a rental agreement, or other evidence showing that the applicant is explicitly or contractually liable for charges associated with non-domestic rates for the property.

Local authorities have discretion to award grants to eligible businesses which lease or rent premises which are not rated, such as those leased from a council in a public park, provided they are satisfied with the validity and eligibility of individual cases.

Provided they meet all the eligibility criteria, businesses which are Limited Companies (including social enterprises), Sole Traders, Trusts, Partnerships, Community Interest Companies or Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations, may apply for a grant.

The business must have been actively operating before 17 March 2020, and where necessary, local authorities can request additional evidence to determine eligibility.

Level of grant award

The temporary closure grant will offer business required to close by law:

  • £2000 for premises which have a rateable value of up to and including £51,000;
  • £3000 for premises which have a rateable value of £51,001 or above.

The grant is payable for every four weeks for the duration the protective measures to close the business apply.

The rateable value of the property is considered to be as per local authority records at 1 November 2020. Any changes to the valuation roll after 1 November 2020 including changes backdated to this date should be disregarded for the purposes of eligibility.

However if a property was requested to be entered into the roll or the entry modified before 1 November but delayed for administrative or systemic reasons, local authorities have discretion to consider such business eligible.

Multiple properties

From 1 January 2021 there is no longer an upper limit on future payments for any eligible business operating multiple premises.  Businesses already in receipt of payments need not reapply.  Business applying for the first time on or after 1 January should submit individual applications to each relevant local authority for all relevant premises in that area.

Where a business operates multiple premises it can apply for a grant for each premise which is eligible.  The business must provide in the application form, details of all the properties for which it is applying for a grant and clearly indicate which property is the headquarters.

The local authority in which the headquarters is based will administer the application for all eligible premises of a single business or group.

Where the headquarters are not based in Scotland, a single application should be submitted to the local authority selected by the business.

Other eligibility criteria

The businesses applying for support must also meet the following criteria and where necessary supply appropriate documentation to substantiate each:

  • The business must have a Business Bank Account.
  • The business must not have breached wider COVID regulations/requirements prior to local restrictions.
  • The business must not have connections to tax havens, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020.

Applicants are required to declare all previous support received from UK or Scottish or Local Government support schemes to provide local authorities with the necessary information to ensure payments are made correctly and compliant with EC State Aid limits.

How to apply

Before starting your application, please have the following information to hand:

  • recent bank statement showing account number, sort code, business name and business address (these details must match those on your application)
  • HMRC documentation (or official correspondence displaying UTR number)
  • proof of Company incorporation Number
  • proof of rates paid by your business

Failure to provide this information on submission may delay your application. Please use the comment box on the form to inform us of your circumstances of closure or restrictions affecting your business that will help us.

Please also ensure that documents uploaded are in the correct format – accepted files types are .bmp, .csv, .doc, .docx, .jpeg, .jpg, .jpe, .pdf, .png, .tiff, .tif, .xls, .xlt, .xlsx. Please note that documents can be scanned or photographed and uploaded if you do not have electronic copies available

Apply to the Business temporary closure fund

How grants will be paid

You can find information on how the grants will be paid on the Scottish Government website.