New Business Support Grant

Support provided by East Lothian Council

What does this involve?

East Lothian Council recognises the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local businesses, so will provide grant funding in 2022 to 2023 to support business growth and sustainability.

The New Business Support Grant offers up to £1,000 per company. A grant of either £250 or £500 may be awarded. Once approved, your grant will be paid in full.

The fund aims to promote local economic recovery and reduce the impact of cost of living on low-income households by supporting:

  • interventions that support local economic recovery and help businesses move on from surviving the period of trading restrictions toward recovery, growth, adaptation and building resilience
  • projects that can rebuild consumer confidence and stimulate demand and economic activity
  • low-income households that are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and the current cost of living crisis to become more economically active

Priority will be given to applicants who can demonstrate need and the benefit of funding to starting up their business.

This fund forms part of the Scottish Government’s Local Authority COVID-19 Economic Recovery Fund (LACER) 2022/23. As such this funding will not be available after the current year. 

Am I eligible?

You are eligible if:

  • your business is, or will be, located in the East Lothian Council area
  • you meet all legal requirements and regulations related to the operation of the business
  • you are not in debt to East Lothian Council for outstanding business rates or other charges
  • you can clearly demonstrate the need for funding and the benefit to the business
  • you have the right to work in the UK and can provide evidence of HMRC registration (or evidence of application) and a National Insurance Number
  • you can provide evidence of trading, such as social media, website, business plan, bank statement or other evidence accepted by your business advisor
  • you became self-employed or incorporated on or after 1 September

What does this cost?

This is a free service

Who is this for?

New business start-ups in East Lothian.

Important information

Along with a fully completed application, you will need to submit:

  • photographic proof of identity (for example a valid passport or driving licence)
  • evidence of active trading, such as:
    • valid business insurance
    • HMRC Unique Taxpayer Reference, if registered, or a copy of correspondence or other details that show registration is being sought or that provide further details to explain your position
    • marketing materials for your business, such as business website and active social media (must provide links)
    • other evidence of business activity to support your claim, such as correspondence with customers or suppliers

Once your application is received, initial eligibility checks will be carried out and a member of the council's Support Grants team will be in touch to discuss your application.

Next steps

Visit the East Lothian Council website for more information and to read the full guidance.

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