Coronavirus Business Support

Support and information for businesses during the Coronavirus crisis can be found via the following links:

Funding for Seafood sector recovery [Opening date to be announced soon]

Funding of £1.8 million will help Scottish seafood businesses recover from the severe economic impacts of Brexit and Covid-19.

The funding, managed by trade marketing body Seafood Scotland, will support seafood businesses to access new markets within the UK and abroad, including campaigns in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East.

 

Community Ownership Fund [First Round now OPEN, ROUND 1 closes 13th August 2021.]

The £150 million Community Ownership Fund is for communities across the United Kingdom. It has been set up to help communities take ownership of assets and amenities at risk of closure. It will run for 4 years.

Funding may support the purchase and/or renovation costs of community assets and amenities, subject to the full eligibility criteria outlined in this prospectus.

ROUND 2 opens August 2021.

 

Urquhart Opticians - Care & Community Fund [OPEN, applications can be submitted in the first 2 weeks of every month]

Each month, the Urquharts ‘Care & Community’ fund has £1000 available for local Ayrshire groups and charities.

 

Grants for Scotland’s Convenience Stores selling locally sourced produce [OPEN, CLOSES 31st August 2021]

Applications are now being sought from independent and multi-site convenience retailers in Scotland for the match funded Go Local grant, worth up to £5,500 per store, including marketing costs.

The SGF Go Local project aims to support convenience stores throughout Scotland to provide dedicated, long term display space for locally sourced Scottish products, with a bias towards fresh and healthy, coupled with enhanced consumer engagement.


The Harvesting and Processing Grant [OPEN, closes 31st August]

This grant scheme supports investments in three main areas:

  • new specialised equipment which will increase the local small-scale harvesting and processing capacity;
  • new specialised equipment for forest tree nurseries, including tree seed supply businesses and equipment for afforestation ground preparation projects, including forestry fencing projects;
  • support for the mobile equipment to help forestry businesses or enterprises to adapt and recover from Covid-19

Eligibility criteria applies. To see guidance, click here

 

Community Capacity and Resilience Fund (CCRF) [OPEN, closing date not yet announced]

The Community Capacity and Resilience Fund (CCRF) from Scottish Government aims to support local, community-based organisations with small grants of up to £8,000 to deliver activities that help people mitigate the impact of welfare reform. To view guidance, click here.

 

GSK Grow Programme [OPEN, closes 20th September at 5pm]

Funded by GSK and delivered in partnership with The King’s Fund, this unique programme will fund charities with income under £120,000 who support the least privileged and more diverse communities in the UK.

Successful charities will receive £10,000 in unrestricted funding from GSK to help with the day to day operation of their organisation as well as a receiving a leadership programme.

 

Funding to Help Scotland’s Third Sector Organisations Recruit Volunteers [OPEN, closes 27th August at 5pm]

Following on from the success of the previous Volunteering Support Fund in supporting the recruitment of volunteers with a disadvantage, this fund would particularly like to recruit more volunteers who are from minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled or with a long term health condition.

 

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme fifth grant [OPEN, closes 30th September 2021]

A fifth grant covering May 2021 to September 2021 will be open to claims from late July 2021.

You must be a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership. You must also have traded in both tax years 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021. You cannot claim the grant if you trade through a limited company or a trust.

The grant is taxable and will be paid out in a single instalment. See guidance here.

 

Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme - Adapt & Thrive [OPEN, currently closed]

Adapt and Thrive aims to support organisations most financially affected by the pandemic to change, flex, innovate, or grow so they can be resilient and financially sustainable during and post COVID-19.

View guidance 

 

Destination & Sector Marketing Fund [Tier 3 is still open for applications]

Tier 3 - For applicants who fall into the Local Destination Organisations, Marketing Groups & non-Pan Scotland Sector Groups category. Closes 3pm on 23rd July.

View guidance.

 

SMART SCOTLAND grant [deadline for applications has been extended to 11:59am on 31 August 2021]

The SMART:SCOTLAND grant is one of our research and development (R&D) grants that aims to support high risk, highly ambitious projects.

It covers conducting feasibility studies. It’s only available to small and medium enterprises (SMEs)* based in Scotland and supports activities that have a commercial endpoint.

Grants can support up to 70% of the eligible costs for a small enterprise and up to 60% of the eligible costs for a medium enterprise. To see guidance, click here.

 

Extra hardship payments for students [OPEN, no closing date announced]

You should apply to the funding/support team at your college or university.

Their student support services will assess the hardship payments, including how much is available. They may give priority for some students based on their needs.

 

Emergency coronavirus (COVID-19) Funding - Scottish private colleges and training providers [OPEN]

There is currently an emergency hardship fund open to SAAS funded students. You must be studying full-time at a private provider of higher education in Scotland or the rest of the UK.

You must also be facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. Examples of hardship are, but not limited to: additional phone/broadband charges as a result of remote learning; unexpected unemployment or furloughing; additional childcare costs and more.

The maximum amount payable to each student is £400.

 

Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme [OPEN close 30th September 2021]

Further guidance has been added on what to do if you have missed the claim deadline.

 

Remobilising NHS Dentists Fund [Date to be announced]

Additional funding of up to £5 million is available to NHS dentists to help remobilise services as Scotland recovers from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This new funding will help NHS dental practices to purchase, renew or upgrade ventilation equipment as improved ventilation in surgeries can substantially reduce the time between seeing patients, and offer dental teams the opportunity to see more patients safely.

 

Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund Round 2 [CLOSED]

The fund is intended to support organisations which are vital to the cultural life of Scotland, but which need financial support to prevent insolvency and/or significant job losses due to COVID-19.

To view guidance, click here.

 

Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund Round 2 [CLOSED]

Round 2 of the Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund will provide emergency funding to help performing arts venues remain solvent during the pandemic. It will also provide support for the return of staff from furlough and new artistic commissions from freelance artists.

To read the fund guidance, click here.

 

Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund Round 2 [CLOSED]

Who can apply:

1. Cultural organisations and venues that were awarded funding in Round 1 of this fund, have complied with their funding agreement, and require further funding to help prevent insolvency and/or significant job losses.

2. Other cultural organisations and venues which are eligible but either did not previously apply, or did not receive funding in Round 1, and now require funding to help prevent insolvency and/or significant job losses.

Please visit the Creative Scotland website and download the guidance document here for full details on eligibility.

   

COVID-19 vaccination status scheme launches Launched 19/05/2021

The service allows people travelling abroad to access their record of vaccination status themselves.

A vaccination status letter can be downloaded from the NHS Inform patient portal here or -  for those not online - requested in the post via a Freephone Covid Status Helpline 0808 196 8565.

Only those planning to travel to a country or territory where a record of vaccination status is needed as an entry requirement should download the record or request it.

 

Market and Festivals Fund [OPEN, currently closed]

This fund aims to support the continued development of a skilled and diverse screen workforce, fostering real professional opportunities and sustainable careers by supporting the professional and creative development of both emerging and established filmmaking talent, and promoting their work and Scottish filmmaking internationally.

Download the guidance document here. Find out more here.

 

Self Isolation Support Grant [OPEN, closing date not yet announced]

Low-income workers in Scotland may be eligible for a £500 Self Isolation Support Grant if they are told by Test and Protect to self-isolate due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Both employees and self-employed individuals are eligible.

You can only apply for this grant through your local council. You can do this any time during the 28 days from the date you start to self-isolate.

Read more here.

 

Adapt and Thrive Programme [OPEN, currently closed]

This programme aims to support organisational change. Third sector organisations need to adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19 so they can continue to have a positive impact in their communities. Working with an advisor, organisations will be supported to develop a plan so they can operate sustainably. Funding to implement the plan is also available.

The Programme is open to charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations in Scotland which are supporting people and communities through the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

 

SME Brexit Support Fund [OPEN]

The Fund is targeted at SMEs who only trade with the EU, and provides grants to support professional advice around customs, excise, import VAT and safety/security declaration requirements.

*This fund is being served on first come first served basis and is being administered by PWC on behalf of the UK Government so please note the quickest entry point for applications is not via the UK Government’s Prepare for Brexit website.

 

Recovery Loan Scheme [OPEN, closes 31st December 2021]

The Recovery Loan Scheme will provide support to UK businesses as they recover and grow following the disruption of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The scheme ensures that businesses of any size can continue to access loans and other kinds of finance up to £10 million per business once the existing COVID-19 loan schemes close.

View guidance here

 

COVID-19 Business Improvement District Resilience Fund [OPEN, closing date is specific to applicant]

Business Improvement Districts (BID) can play a vital role in the coronavirus (COVID-19) response in their local area. Once a Business Improvement District determines how best to support local businesses and communities and agrees on a plan with their local authority, they can then apply for a share of the £1 million COVID-19 BID Resilience Fund from the Scottish Government to support that project or programme.

Please note: This fund is for Business Improvement Districts in Scotland only.

 

Mobile and Home Based Close Contact Services Fund [CLOSED]

To be eligible for this grant you must:

  • have been operating your business before 17 March 2020
  • have lost income as a result of Covid-19 restrictions
  • meet all of the eligibility criteria

This fund is for owners and operators of mobile and home-based close contact service businesses and for registered driving instructors. It is not for employees of those businesses.

**PLEASE NOTE: Make sure you read the guidance carefully before submitting your application. There is no appeals process after the fund closes.**

Access guidance here.

 

Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund [CLOSED]

This grant scheme is designed to help alleviate financial hardship for newly self-employed people who meet the eligibility criteria set out below.

The funding is being provided by the Scottish Government.

The scheme offers a one-off £4,000 payment for those whose status as being newly self-employed makes them ineligible for the UK Government’s Coronavirus (Covid-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme.

**PLEASE NOTE: Make sure you read the guidance carefully before submitting your application. There is no appeals process after the fund closes.**

Access guidance here.

 

Small Business Bonus Scheme

The Small Business Bonus Scheme was developed by the Scottish Government. It provides rates relief to help owners of non-domestic properties, including businesses, deal with the impact of coronavirus. 

You will need to go to your local authority's website to fill out a Small Business Bonus Scheme Application Form.

 

Campervan and Motorhome Rental Operators Fund [CLOSED]

The fund has been established to provide financial support to Scottish businesses in the campervan and motorhome rental sector that have been severely affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, to help keep them in business while restrictions on opening and travel are still in place, and to support them to prepare to operate in 2021 when restrictions are lifted. 

Guidance document available here

 

Hostel COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund – Strand 2 applications [CLOSED]

The £2.8 million fund has been established to provide financial support for the Scottish-based hostel sector. It is being delivered on behalf of the Scottish Government by VisitScotland, with development input from Scottish Independent Hostels, Hostelling Scotland and Independent Hostels UK.

Following feedback from industry and recognising a funding gap for larger hostels in Scotland, a second strand of the fund has been created to support hostels in Scotland with a rateable value above £51,000 who were not eligible for the first strand of funding.

A two-strand approach to grant funding is necessary to meet the needs of the sector:

  • Strand 1 is now closed for applications: this supports hostels in Scotland with a rateable value below £51,000. 
  • Strand 2 is open for applications from midday on 9 March to midday on 16 March 2021: this is open to proprietors of large hostel businesses with a rateable value above £51,000.

Important information:

  • If you applied to strand 1 of the fund but also own or lease hostels which meet the eligibility criteria for strand 2, you can also apply to and receive funding through strand 2. If you operate multiple hostels, you will be asked to submit information for each hostel being applied for.
  • Grant awards made under either strand of the fund must only be used for the hostel to which they relate.
  • Applications WILL NOT be assessed on a first come first serve basis.
  • There will be an application assessment process before the final decision is made. If your application is rejected, you can appeal the decision.

 

Creative Freelancers Hardship Fund [CLOSED]

 

Scotland's Tour Guides Fund - [CLOSED]

This fund will be open to businesses that are engaged in eligible ‘tour guiding’ activities as set out within the guidance document.

 

Regional Food Fund - [CLOSED]

The Regional Food Fund offers grants of up to £5,000 to support projects and initiatives that promote the development of food and drink across Scotland. The funding is aligned to the Food Tourism Scotland Action Plan and is part of the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership’s Recovery Plan, supported by Scottish Government. More information here.

The fund is specifically aimed at collaborative projects that:

  • Contribute to the food and drink sector’s recovery from Covid-19
  • Contribute to the promotion and sales of regional produce
  • Develop food tourism
  • Benefit a region or community, not just one business
  • Can be delivered by 31 December 2021

 

Small Accommodation Providers paying Council Tax Fund (no application necessary in wave 1 and 2)

The Small Accommodation Providers paying Council Tax Fund (SAP-CTF) Fund is designed to support eligible B&Bs, guest houses and self-catering accommodation that have experienced financial hardship as a result of coronavirus protection measures.

For the first and second waves, local councils are to identify and invite relevant businesses to apply. The third phase will be done via applications. 

View guidance here

 

Events Industry Support Fund 2 - [CLOSED]

The Fund is open to new applicants who were ineligible to apply to the Events Industry Support Fund launched in August 2020. More information here.

 

Scotland Inbound Tour Operators - COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund [CLOSED]

This funding strand applies to businesses who operate in Scotland as inbound tour operators and designation management companies, promoting and selling packaged products (Scotland holidays) to international markets.

Guidance Document available here

 

Scotland Day Tour Operators - COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund [CLOSED]

This funding strand applies to businesses that operate day tours operating in Scotland who promote and sell day tour excursions to domestic and international markets.

Guidance document available here

 

Scottish Country Sports Tourism Restart Fund [CLOSED 5pm 3rd March]

Support for freelancers and the events sector [CLOSED 5pm 26 February 2021.]

Hostel COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund [CLOSED 12pm 2nd March 2021]

The fund is open to proprietors of hostel businesses. They may be a sole trader, a partnership, a company limited by shares or by guarantee, a registered charity, a Scottish limited partnership or any other legal entity recognised under Scots Law.  

Click here for Guidance Document 

Seafood Producers Resilience Fund [CLOSED 26th February]

The Seafood Producers Resilience Fund will provide support to eligible shellfish catchers and eligible shellfish and trout aquaculture undertakings. These businesses have lost access to domestic and international food markets as a result of COVID-19, and the difficult trading conditions that have resulted from the end of the transition period following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Temporary Restrictions Fund for Childcare Providers [CLOSED 1st March]

The Temporary Restrictions Fund will provide support to childcare services that are currently only permitted to open to look after vulnerable children or those of key workers.

The fund will help offset the reduction in income resulting from operating below capacity and ensure these services can remain open. Grant amounts will vary according to the number of Care Inspectorate registered places in each childcare setting.

The fund is administered by local authorities.

Grants are available to childcare providers registered with the Care Inspectorate as being either:

  • a "day care of children" and a "private" or "voluntary or not for profit" service; or
  • a "childminding service" and currently caring for 12 or more children

Marine and Outdoor Tourism Restart Fund [CLOSED]

Due to the complexity and breadth of businesses within the sector, a two-strand approach to grant funding is necessary to meet the needs of the sector. Businesses may only apply to one strand. The two strands are:

  1. Marine and boating tourism operators
  2. Outdoor wildlife, adventure and activity sector tourism businesses

Scottish Child Payment Fund [OPEN]

This is a new payment for families on certain benefits or tax credits to help towards the costs of looking after a child. It’s £40 paid every four weeks for each child under six. Read the guidance document here.

Visitor Attractions Support Fund [CLOSED 5pm 18 February 2021]

The £10 million fund is being delivered by VisitScotland on behalf of Scottish Government and has been developed with input from the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA).

More funding for seafood sector - A new £7.75 million funding package will offer support to fishermen, seafood businesses and ports and harbours threatened by the ongoing effects of coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU Exit

Museums and Galleries Scotland Recovery and Resilience Fund [Expressions of interest to be received by midday 19th February]

In a letter from Cabinet:

Secretary for Finance Kate Forbes, the Scottish Government have confirmed that the following funds will be live in January 2021. Read the full letter here

  • Mobile Close Contact Services Support Fund including driving instructors and hairdressers
  • Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund
  • Outdoor Tourism Sector Recommissioning Fund
  • Travel Agents Fund
  • Wedding Sector Support Fund
  • Events Industry Support Fund
  • Grassroots Music Venue Stabilisation Fund
  • Brewer Support Fund
  • Indoor Football Centres Fund

In addition, the below funds are due to go live in February 2021:

  • Tour Operators Fund
  • Visitor Attractions Fund
  • Ski Centre Support Fund
  • Visitor Accommodation Hostels Fund
  • Large (7 or more guests) Self-Catering Grant
  • Exclusive Use Grant Self-Catering


Wedding Sector Support Fund [CLOSED]

In recognition of the ongoing challenges faced by the sector, a further £10 million has been added to the £15 million announced in December. Launching on 28 January, the fund will provide one-off grants of up to £25,000 for eligible businesses in the sector impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, including wedding venues, photographers, caterers and suppliers.

The fund will be managed regionally by Scotland’s three enterprise agencies - South of Scotland Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Businesses must be in one of the following sectors;

  • Venues
  • Videographers
  • Photographers
  • Marquee Hire (includes tipi)
  • Wedding Attire
  • Florists & Event Stylists
  • Caterers
  • Cakes
  • Transport (not including taxis)
  • Event Supplies (Cater hire, decorative items)
  • Hairdressers & Make-up Artists (Non-mobile)
  • Entertainment (Band, DJ, Piper, String Quartet)
  • Jewellery Designers/Makers/Sellers
  • Wedding Exhibitions/Events
  • Wedding Publications or Listing Sites
  • Celebrants
  • Wedding Stationery
  • Other Specialist Niche Suppliers (Photo Booth, Event nannies, event planners etc)

 

Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund [CLOSED]

Second round of the Grassroots Music Venues Stabilisation Fund and is intended to prevent music venues from closing permanently before end June 2021.  The fund is for applications of between £10k and £70k.

It is open to 2 groups:

  • Those grassroots music venues that received funding in the first round
  • Other grassroots music venues (i.e. those playing mainly original material and developing new talent), that did not receive funding in the first round

 

Coronavirus (Covid-19): Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund [LIVE]

One-off grant payments of £1,500.  This support is separate from and in addition to any other funding received from the Scottish or UK Government, for example the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme and the COVID-19 Public Transport Mitigation Fund.

Eligible if you are a taxi or private hire driver and have been licensed from 9 October 2020 to at least 31 January 2021. This does not include drivers whose licenses were suspended on or before 31 December 2020 and that remains current and valid.

You do not need to apply – your local authority will get in touch with you by letter, email or other communication method from week commencing 18 January.

Update to taxi grant criteria

  • Taxi and private hire drivers who have received state benefits at any time since March last year will now be eligible for a £1,500 business support grant as long as they meet the remaining criteria.
  • Business Minister Jamie Hepburn confirmed that the change would come into effect immediately to ensure that drivers on the lowest incomes can access support.

Extending support for hospitality, retail and leisure  [LIVE] 

A significant top-up to the grant support available for hospitality, retail and leisure businesses across Scotland closed by level 4 restrictions will be paid following an announcement by Finance Secretary Kate Forbes (11 Jan).

In addition to the grants businesses receive through the Strategic Business Framework Fund, eligible businesses will also get a one off grant of:

  • £25,000 for larger hospitality businesses on top of the 4-weekly £3,000
  • £6,000 for smaller hospitality businesses on top of the 4-weekly £2,000
  • £9,000 for larger retail and leisure businesses on top of the 4-weekly £3,000
  • £6,000 for smaller retail and leisure businesses on top of the 4-weekly £2,000

In most cases, eligible businesses that have already applied for the 4-weekly payment from the Strategic Framework Business Fund will get an automatic top-up.  For the majority, this top-up will be combined with the next tranche of payment for the Strategic Framework Business Fund due to go to businesses on 25 January.

Businesses that haven’t yet applied for either of these funds should submit an application as soon as possible through their local authority website. Applications are now open.

£185m business support [launched January 2021] 

The Finance Secretary Kate Forbes MSP announced an additional £185m business support package to take effect from January.

  • developing grant schemes for hospitality, for the events sector, live music and cultural venues, for the arts, indoor football centres and for the food and drink sector, including £1.8 million for brewers.
  • £1.5 million to travelling show people ineligible for other support
  • further support of £60 million will be provided to the tourism sector, details of which will be developed in consultation with the industry.
  • £15 million for the wedding sector and its supply chain, including photographers
  • one-off grants totalling £15 million for mobile close contact services, such as hairdressers
  • a £19 million fund and one-off grants for taxi drivers
  • £5 million for travel agents
  • almost £6 million for coach companies and tour operators
  • £1.5 million for visitor attractions

COVID19 – Strategic Framework Business Fund

Following the move into Level 4 restrictions, please see below a list of business sectors which are now eligible to apply for the Strategic Framework Business Fund along with application links to local authority websites.

Temporary closure grant - £2,000 or £3,000 (depending on rateable value) if your business is required to close by law

Business restrictions grant - £1,400 or £2,100 (depending on rateable value) if your business can remain open but is specifically required to modify its operations by law, for example having to close earlier than normal.
 

Information for local authorities

Businesses/premises required to close and eligible for a temporary closure grant:

Level 4

  • accommodations - hotels, B&Bs, self-catering, caravan and camp sites
  • hospitality - restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars, social clubs
  • retail - non-essential retail (exclusions)
  • close contact services - hairdressers, beauticians, tailors
  • sport and exercise - indoor gyms, swimming pools, dance studios, exercise class/yoga studios
  • leisure and entertainment - cinemas, arcades, soft play, funfairs, indoor bowling, theatres, comedy clubs, concert halls, sport stadiums, conference or exhibition centres, snooker/pool halls, casinos, bingo halls, nightclubs
  • visitor attractions

Local authority applications:

Flexible Workforce Development Fund 2020-21

All Scottish employers, including SME's can now access training up to the value of £5,000 to support the retraining and upskilling of employees, delivered by either their local college or the Open university.

Support for nightclubs and soft play [Businesses eligible for the Nightclub and Soft Play Area fund should have now been contacted directly by their local authority via email] 

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Check which employees can be put on furlough (updated 5th Jan)

Strategic Framework Business Fund 

£1.2 Million Sector & Destination Operational and Market Readiness Fund CLOSED

Scottish Government announce £13 Million fund to support Scottish Events Sector

Scottish Government Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scottish Wholesale Food and Drink Resilience Fund CLOSED

COVID-19 Restrictions Fund CLOSED

Bounce Back Loan top-ups

Further information at https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice

 

 

Guidance:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Employee Testing Programmes: Guidance for Employers

Scottish Government Manufacturing Sector Guidance

Scottish Government Retail Sector Guidance

Scottish Government Events Sector Guidance

Scottish Government Food Businesses Guidance

Scottish Government Coronavirus Guidance 

UK Government Support for Businesses

Scottish Government Business Support

Scottish Chambers of Commerce Business Support

British Chambers of Commerce Coronavirus Support Hub 

Furlough Claim Calculator for monthly payroll from FreeAgent

Example Furlough Letter

Support For Those Affected By Redundancy

News:

Cabinet Secretary for Finance Kate Forbes Letter to Business - 20th January 2020 

Quest CJRS Extended FAQ's Jan 21

CLBILS extended until 31st March 2021

Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers announced

HSE Working Safely Guide

Coronavirus Support Finder Tool

Self-employment Income Support Scheme

British Business Bank CBILS Information

Business and Social Distancing Guidance

ACAS - Helpful Advice for both Employers and Employees during the Coronavirus Outbreak

Workplace Guidance for Micro and Small Businesses