Local Authority Discretionary Fund

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What does this involve?

A £120 million fund will be distributed by local authorities (local councils) across Scotland. It aims to help with the short-term financial challenges being experienced by businesses due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The fund is managed by local authorities and grants will be issued at their discretion. They will assess which businesses have not received support until now and are most in need.

The fund was doubled from its original £60 million to £120 million as of 10 February 2021 to allow councils to respond further to local economic pressures. Much of this funding has already been distributed. Contact your local authority to find out if funding is still available and if you are eligible. You will find links to their websites below.

Am I eligible?

Eligibility for this fund is determined by local authorities. Please contact your local authority for details.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

This is for businesses in Scotland who have not been eligible for previous business support grants.

If your business is still being adversely impacted by Tier 4 restrictions (and you have not received any support), you may be eligible for this fund.

Important information

Much of the discretionary funding has already been distributed. Visit your local authority website to find out if funding is available in your area and if you are eligible. You'll also find contact details to get in touch with your local council for more information:

Next steps

Visit your local council website through the links above or contact them directly for more information about funding in your area.

You can also read general information about the discretionary fund on the Scottish Government website. 

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