Support for Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax Fund

Support provided by Scottish Government

What does this involve?

This fund is now closed. Applicants should have returned all outstanding documentation by 9 April 2021 to receive payment.

The Support for Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax Fund (SAP-CTF) is to support small accommodation providers in Scotland that pay council tax, including B&Bs, guest houses and self-catering properties, and which have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.

Am I eligible?

This fund if for small accommodation providers in Scotland, including B&BS, guest houses and self-catering business. 

All B&Bs, self-catering businesses and guest houses that were previously supported by either the Bed and Breakfast Hardship Fund or the Creative, Tourism and Hospitality Hardship Fund are automatically eligible for support under this scheme. These business will be contacted by the local authority and invited to register for payment. 

B&Bs, self-catering businesses and guest houses that have not previously received this support are also eligible to apply to this fund.  

New entrants to the fund will need to meet the following eligibility criteria.

For B&Bs and guest houses, the business will need to:

  • Confirm that the business premises operates as a guesthouse, bed & breakfast, or similar small serviced accommodation (see fund guidance for definition)
  • Confirm that the applicant/business pays council tax
  • Confirm that your business receipts represent a primary source of income (one third or more of earnings)
  • Confirm that you can provide evidence of active trading up to March 2020 and had intended to continue trading in the tax year 2020-21
  • Confirm that you are not currently in receipt of COVID-19 related business grant support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund for the premises 
  • Provide evidence of business insurance
  • Provide evidence of membership, accreditation, registration or listing with a recognised hospitality or tourism agency, representative body or marketing organisation, either national or local (for example, VisitScotland, Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers, SBBA, your local destination marketing organisation, AA, Quality in Tourism, etc). Online booking platform listing alone is not accepted as evidence.

 

For self-catering businesses, the business will need to:

  • Confirm that the business meets the definition of a self-catering property as defined in The Council Tax (Dwellings and Part Residential Subjects) (Scotland) Regulations 1992[1]
  • Confirm that the applicant/business pays council tax
  • Confirm that your business receipts represent a primary source of income (one third or more of earnings)
  • Provide auditable data to support one of the following statements:
    • a) My property was occupied for more than 140 days in financial year 2019-20, or
    • b) Due to a poor trading season my property was not occupied for 140 days in the financial year 2019-20 but was occupied for more than 140 days in either of the 2 financial years preceding
  • Confirm that you are not currently in receipt of COVID-19 related business grant support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund for the premises
  • Provide evidence of business insurance
  • Provide evidence of membership, accreditation, registration or listing with a recognised hospitality or tourism agency, representative body or marketing organisation, either national or local (for example, VisitScotland, Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers, your local destination marketing organisation, AA, Quality in Tourism, etc).  Online booking platform listing alone is not accepted as evidence.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

This fund is for small accommodation providers in Scotland that pay council tax, including B&Bs, guest houses and self-catering properties.   

How long does this take?

All B&Bs, self-catering businesses and guest houses that were previously supported by either the Bed and Breakfast Hardship Fund or the Creative, Tourism and Hospitality Hardship Fund are automatically eligible for support under this scheme. These businesses will be contacted by the local authority and invited to register for payment. 

All business must have re-registered by 5pm on 22 March 2021 to receive payment.

Applicants must return all outstanding documentation by 9 April 2021 to receive payment.

Some applicants may still be waiting to hear if their application has been accepted. Local authorities will notify all applicants as soon as possible.

Payments will be made as soon as possible. 

Important information

Small accommodation providers paying council tax who are already registered for support payments under SAP-CTF will now receive a further payment of £9,000 in April. This is a combined payment made up of an £8,000 restart grant and a £1,000 two-week equivalent payment from the Strategic Framework Business Fund.

There is no need to apply for these additional payments. If you are registered for support under this scheme, you will receive this payment automatically from your local authority.

Applicants must return all outstanding documentation by 9 April 2021 to receive payment.

Next steps

If you have previously received support through the B&B Hardship Fund or the Creative, Tourism and Hospitality Hardship Fund, your local authority will contact you. You do not need to do anything else.

If you are registered for support under this scheme, you will receive the additional April payment and restart grant automatically from your local authority.

Applicants must return all outstanding documentation by 9 April 2021 to receive payment.

Support provided by Scottish Government

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