Top-up payments to licensed bingo clubs and casinos

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What does this involve?

This fund is now closed to new applicants. Eligible businesses which have already applied to the Strategic Framework Business Fund will automatically receive this top-up.

The Licensed Bingo Clubs and Casinos Top-Up Payment will provide one-off grants to licensed bingo clubs and casinos.

Grants of £50,000 will be available for each eligible business. This grant will be in addition to any payments made through the Strategic Framework Business Fund (SFBF).

This grant will be administered by local authorities and paid through the Strategic Framework Business Fund. You must be eligible for and already receiving support through the SFBF to receive the top-up. If you have not yet signed up for the SFBF, you can apply through your local authority website.

Am I eligible?

This fund is for licensed bingo clubs and casinos.

Core eligibility criteria for bingo clubs

To qualify for funding, a bingo club should meet the following criteria:

  • The provision of bingo is the primary activity of that business.
  • The business holds a valid Bingo Premises Licence under the Gambling Act 2005 issued by the relevant Scottish Licensing Board (local authority).
  • The business holds a valid operating licence from the GB Gambling Commission.
  • The business is receiving support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund (SFBF).

Core eligibility criteria for casinos

To qualify for funding, a casino should meet the following criteria:

  • The provision of a casino is the primary activity for that business.
  • The business holds a valid Casino Premises Licence under the Gambling Act 2005 issued by the relevant Scottish Licensing Board (local authority).
  • The business holds a valid operating licence from the GB Gambling Commission.
  • The business is receiving support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund (SFBF).

Additional eligibility criteria

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.

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, Scottish or local government support schemes to provide local authorities with the necessary information to ensure payments are made correctly and are compliant with EC State Aid limits.

Local authorities can request additional evidence to determine eligibility.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

This fund is for licensed bingo clubs and casinos in Scotland.

How long does this take?

Payments will be made alongside the next tranche of the Strategic Framework Business Fund. If you have not already applied for the SFBF, then your top-up may be paid slightly after this date.

Important information

There is no separate application process for this top-up fund. Payments will be made to eligible businesses along with the Strategic Framework Business Fund grant payments.

Licensed bingo clubs and casino businesses which are already in receipt of Strategic Framework Business Fund grants do not need to reapply for a top-up grant - these will automatically be paid with the grant payment.

If you have not already submitted an application for the Strategic Framework Business Fund, you should apply through your local authority website. To be eligible for the top-up payment, you must apply by 22 March 2021.

Local authorities will provide an appeals process and details will be available on your local authority website.

Next steps

Business must have applied for the Strategic Framework Business Fund by 22 March 2021 to receive the top-up.

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information on how to apply.

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