Strategic Framework Business Fund

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What does this involve?

If your business is required to close by law or to significantly change its operations due to COVID-19 restrictions, you may be eligible to apply for grant funding.

Grant funding for eligible business will cover the period of any closures or restrictions with the earliest claim date being 2 November 2020. You can still apply even if you are required to close or modify your operations for less than 4 weeks.

Applications to the Strategic Framework Business Fund should be made through your local authority website.

Grants will be paid every 4 weeks in arrears as long as restrictions last.

If your business is required to close by law, apply for the Temporary Closure grant:

  • £2,000 if your business premises has a rateable value of up to and including £51,000
  • £3,000 if your business premises has a rateable value of £51,001 or above
  • An upper limit of £15,000 in total in any four-week period will apply to any eligible business operating multiple premises.

If your business can remain open but is specifically required to modify its operations by law, for example having to close earlier than normal, apply for the Business Restrictions grant. This does not include where a demand for your products or services has been reduced because of the pandemic:

  • £1, 400 if your business premises has a rateable value of up to and including £51,000
  • £2,100 if your business premises has a rateable value of £51,001 or above
  • An upper limit of £10,500 in total in any four-week period will apply to any eligible business operating multiple premises.

Grants will be paid every 4 weeks in arrears.

Payments will be paid administered by local authorities, and you will not need to re-apply if restrictions are extended beyond four weeks.

When restrictions end, any final payment in arrears may be adjusted to reflect the duration of the restrictions to the nearest week.

This support is separate from and in addition to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions Fund to support employees and businesses impacted by local COVID-19 restrictions, from 9 October until 1 November. Applications for that funding closed on 3 November.

Am I eligible?

Whether your business is eligible will depend on where your premises are located and what level of restrictions are in place at any point in time. Read detailed information about eligibility 

You can apply if:

  • your business has been directly impacted by restrictions
  • you have a business bank account - this is the account your grant will be paid into if your application is successful
  • your business is registered for non-domestic rates - if you pay rates through a landlord rather than directly to a local authority you can still apply but must provide evidence through a copy of the lease agreement
  • Limited companies (including Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations), sole traders, trust and partnerships can apply provided they meet the above criteria.

If your business operates multiple premises you can apply for grants for each premise. All premises should be included in one application which should be sent to and processed by the local authority area in which your business is headquartered. The maximum any one business can receive will be restricted, regardless of the number of premises.

You cannot apply if your business:

Mobile close contact services

The Scottish Government will publish details of support for mobile close contact services separately. This website will be updated as soon as information is available. Please do not contact your local authority at this time.

Who is this for?

This is for Scottish businesses that are required to close by law as a result of COVID-19 restrictions from 2 November 2020.

How long does this take?

Grants will be paid every four weeks in arrears.

The first payment of this grant funding is due on or around 30 November 2020.

Important information

You need to apply through your local authority website. We will update this page as applications open.   

Please note that this support is separate from, and in addition to, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions Fund. That fund was to support employees and businesses impacted by local COVID-19 restrictions, from 9 October until 1 November. Applications for that funding closed on 3 November.

To apply for this fund, you need to go through your local council. We will update these links when the application process opens for each local authority: 

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