Coronavirus Business Support

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

First Minister COVID update 30th November 2021


Beyond Level 0 Guidance


Face Covering FAQ's




Workplace Equality Fund [OPEN, closes 11th April 2022]

The goal of the fund is to support employers in identifying, addressing, and diminishing longstanding barriers facing particular priority groups in entering and progressing within the labour market. Projects can apply for a maximum of £75,000 per year. To see guidance and apply, click here.


Omicron top up funding for events businesses [Eligible businesses will be contacted from 24th January]

VisitScotland will distribute funding worth up to £28.8 million to the tourism and events industry as part of a multimillion-pound Scottish Government support package for businesses impacted by the spread of the Omicron COVID variant.

The funding includes up to £19.8 million for events businesses, which will be distributed by VisitScotland and its EventScotland team on behalf of the Scottish Government.

The fund will support events businesses directly affected by the public health measures introduced in December 2021 to limit the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. To view guidance, click here.


Rural Community Engagement Fund [Round 1 OPEN, closes 31st March 2022]

Local groups and organisations across Scotland’s Rural* Communities are now able to apply for micro grants of up to £2,500 to support and promote mental health recovery following the pandemic in Scotland’s rural communities through community engagement and support approaches.

The grants are specifically aimed at people who face additional inequalities in achieving good mental health whilst recovering from the pandemic. For guidance, click here.


Reintroduction - Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (SSPRS) [Opens soon]

The government is reintroducing the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme (SSPRS). This will be a temporary scheme to support employers facing heightened levels of sickness absence due to COVID-19. The SSPRS will refund small and medium-sized employers’ COVID-related SSP costs for up to two weeks per employee To view the update, please click here.


COVID 19 Business Support and Continuity Tourism Fund [OPEN]

VisitScotland will distribute funding worth up to £28.8 million to the tourism and events industry as part of a multimillion-pound Scottish Government support package for businesses impacted by the spread of the Omicron COVID variant.

The funding includes up to £9 million for tourism businesses, which will be distributed by VisitScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. Eligible businesses will receive a top-up payment of £6,800 under the fund.  

The fund recognises the economic impact of the steps people have been asked to take from early December 2021 and the restrictions that have affected some sectors since then. To view more information, click here.


Low Emission Zone Retrofit Fund [OPEN, closes 31st March 2022]

The Low Emission Zone (LEZ) Retrofit Fund helps micro businesses and sole traders improve their vehicle and avoid future LEZ penalties. Eligible businesses operating non-compliant vehicles with available retrofit solutions in a planned LEZ can receive up to 80% funding to retrofit of their vehicle, subject to availability and terms and conditions. To view guidance, click here.


Low Emission Zone Support Fund for Businesses [OPEN, closes 31st March 2022]

Eligible Scottish micro businesses and sole traders can apply for up to £2,500 to take older, more polluting vehicles off the road and move towards cleaner transport options. This is for operating vehicles that are not compliant with the proposed Low Emission Zone (LEZ) standards, in Scotland’s 4 largest cities. To view guidance, click here.


January Business Support Top Up - Hospitality and Leisure [OPEN, closes in late January 2022]

The top up will support Hospitality and Leisure businesses who have been affected by the requirements announced on 27th December 2021, limiting physical distancing and premises capacity.

If your business is eligible, your local authority will contact you before the end of January 2022.

Please note, new hospitality and leisure businesses will need to complete an online application form. Further details of how to apply will be provided by the Scottish Government soon. To see guidance, click here.


North Ayrshire Council Communities’ Project Fund [OPEN, closes 5pm on 20th January 2022]

North Ayrshire Council is launching its Communities’ Project Fund as part of its ongoing attempts to revitalise and rejuvenate local areas. The £75,000 fund is available to local constituted groups and organisations and each bid will be assessed on its own merit. Each organisation can bid for anything between £5,000 and £25,000.

Expressions of interest should be emailed to by 5pm on 20 January 2022. To view eligibility, click here.


COVID-19 Cancellation Fund for Creative Freelancers [OPEN, no closing date announced yet]

This fund is to support creative freelancers working in the arts, screen and creative sectors who are experiencing immediate financial hardship due to the loss of income because of cancellations and deferrals caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  To view guidance click here.


Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund 2022 [OPEN]

The Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund 2022 will provide a one-off payment to eligible drivers and operators who have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in December 2021 and January 2022.

For drivers, local authorities will make a further payment of £750 to all drivers who previously received a grant through the Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund in 2021. To view guidance, click here.


National Heritage Memorial Fund COVID-19 Response Fund [OPEN, closes April 2023]

The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) is the Fund of last resort for outstanding nationally important heritage that is at risk due to the impact of COVID-19. Charities, not-for-profit organisations and public sector organisations can apply. To see guidance and apply, click here.


Museums and Galleries Scotland Small Grants Fund [OPEN, closes at 5pm on 28th January 2022]

This round of the MGS Small Grants fund will continue to focus on supporting accredited museums to get back on track and is now also open to non-accredited museums with an identified need that is a direct result of the pandemic. Eligible Museums may apply for up to £15,000 (or £10,000 for non-accredited museums) towards support for museums to get back on track with activity whilst still dealing with COVID-related financial challenges.

To see guidance and apply, click here.


UK Seafood Fund: Infrastructure Scheme [OPEN, closes 26th January 2022]

At least £65 million in grant funding is available through the Infrastructure Scheme. The scheme will fund projects that build capacity across the UK fishing sector supply chain through investment in: ports, processing and/or aquaculture infrastructure.

This is a competitive scheme. To get funding, you must bid for a grant. Each successful applicant will be awarded a minimum of £250,000 and maximum of £5 million. To view guidance, click here.


Arnold Clark Community Fund [OPEN]

In March 2020, Arnold Clark launched their first ever Community Fund in order to provide financial help to community groups and charities that had been significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The fund currently has a focus on: poverty relief, food banks, toy banks, housing and accommodation. To see guidance, click here.


Recovery Loan Scheme [OPEN, deadline extended to 30th June 2022]

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


December and January Business Support Top UpScottish Wedding Industry [OPEN]

Eligible businesses that previously received support through the Scottish Wedding Industry Fund (SWIF) will receive a top-up payment and will be contacted directly, by email, week commencing 10 January 2022. To see eligibility criteria, click here.


December and January Business Support Top Up - Hospitality Sector [OPEN]

The December and January Top Up will provide a one off payment to support businesses affected by latest public health advice in December. Eligible Hospitality businesses: public houses, restaurants, cafes, other licensed premises classed as hospitality, nightclubs, and hotels with bars and restaurants.

Eligible hospitality businesses that previously received support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund (SFBF) will receive a top up payment and will be contacted directly by their local authority. More guidance on this will be published week beginning Monday 20 December. 

If you are a new business, additional details will be required to be gathered in order to assess your eligibility for the fund. Further details of this process will be updated and provided in early January.


Rapid Response aquaculture fund [OPEN]

The Rapid Response fund supports collaborative research and development projects in the field of aquaculture.

Applicants must be a consortium that includes industry and academic partners, and must fall within at least one of the following areas of research: fish health and welfare, aquaculture industry capacity, and shellfish and other non-finfish species.

This is a fast-tracked process for projects that will help the aquaculture sector adapt to a new commercial and operational reality in the months and years ahead. The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) will provide a package of up to £50,000 to successful applicants. To see guidance, click here.


Business Ventilation Fund [OPEN, closes 31st March 2021 or when the funding runs out]

The Scottish Government’s Business Ventilation Fund will help businesses improve ventilation and air quality on their premises to help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.

The fund will allow businesses to claim back costs to improve ventilation of up to £2500.

Support will target high-risk settings where people come into close proximity, such as hospitality and leisure sectors. To view guidance, click here.


Crisis Fund for Independent Music Contractors [OPEN, no closing date announced yet]

The Association of Independent Music and its members have launched a support fund aimed at the contractors and freelance workers in the independent music industry whose source of income has been severed without warning due to lost work in April and May as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. AIM Rightsholder members can now invite their artists and their artists’ managers to nominate candidates to be pre-approved on this basis. To apply, click here.


Sustaining Creative Development [OPEN, no deadlines announced]

Sustaining Creative Development aims to enable organisations to explore ways of working that will help them to adapt and respond to the current changing circumstances. This fund is designed to support you to sustain your practice in a changing world.

To view guidance, click here.


Social Enterprise Net Zero Transition Fund

The fund will support projects that reduce your organisation's carbon footprint, including activities such as: reduce energy consumption; improve energy efficiency; develop or help move to renewable energy sources; help transition to sustainable transport options and more. To view guidelines, click here.


Marine Fund Scotland [OPEN, closing soon due to high uptake and limited funds]

This fund will support investments and jobs in seafood sectors, the marine environment and coastal communities in Scotland. It replaces the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) following the UK’s exit from the EU. Applications must set out clearly defined activities that will deliver measurable outcomes, which in turn will support agreed priorities for Scotland’s marine economy.

For further information, click here.


Business Ventilation Fund [OPEN, closes 31st March 2022 or until the fund runs out, whichever comes first]

Businesses can claim up to £2,500 per eligible premises to recover the costs of carrying out work to improve ventilation and air quality. This could include: installing of carbon dioxide monitors or repairs to windows and vents. Support will initially target high-risk settings where people come into close contact, such as restaurants, bars and gyms. For further information, click here.


Scotland on Tour Fund [OPEN, closes soon]

Musicians, bands, artists and venues will be able to apply to a £750,000 Scottish Government fund to bring new and additional concerts to venues and festivals in Scotland next year.

Scotland on Tour will support the staging of concerts across the whole nation from between January 2022 and January 2023. To see guidance, click here.


Community Ownership Fund [OPEN, Round 2 closes in February 2022]

Please note: Round 1 has been re-opened only for those applicants whose bids were eligible but were not funded in the first bidding round

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 3 opens March 2022.


Urquhart Opticians - Care & Community Fund [OPEN, no closing date]

applications can be submitted in the first 2 weeks of every month. Each month, the Urquhart's ‘Care & Community’ fund has £1000 available for local Ayrshire groups and charities.


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.


Remobilising NHS Dentists Fund [Distributed through NHS boards]

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.


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.


Self Isolation Support Grant [OPEN]

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.


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.





The Community Stories Fund [OPENS 24th January 2022, closes 5pm on 18th March 2022]

 The Community Stories Fund will support organisations and community groups to take part in and celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories, spotlighting the unique stories that matter to them with new, creative events, activities and programming. For further information, click here.


Community Capacity and Resilience Fund (CCRF) [currently closed, due to re-open]

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.





ScotSpirit Holiday Voucher Scheme [closed]

The scheme supports relevant businesses to engage with us and our charity partners, directly injecting £1.4 million into tourism businesses as part of the Tourism Recovery Programme. The scheme is funded by the Scottish Government, and participating businesses will be reimbursed for an overnight stay or a day visit. To see guidance, click here.


Communities Leading in Tourism [closed]

Communities Leading in Tourism is a personal leadership programme which will bring like-minded individuals together to maximise community-led tourism recovery and opportunities. This online course is open to individuals from community and tourism organisations across Scotland. You must apply through the Social Enterprise Academy. The course is fully funded. To see guidance, click here.


Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme [closed]

If you are a small- or medium-sized business, you may be entitled to reclaim the costs of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for sickness absence due to COVID-19. You can only claim for employees who were off work on or before 30 September 2021.

The repayment will cover up to 2 weeks SSP starting from the first qualifying day of sickness, if an employee is unable to work. Eligibility and Sick Pay criteria applies.

To see guidance, click here.


Nightclub Closure Fund [closed]

The Nightclub Closure Fund will provide a one-off payment to support nightclubs that were required to close as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) measures in December 2021 and January 2022. To view guidance, click here.

Nightclubs which have previously received support will be contacted and asked to complete an application by 14 January 2022. If you have not received an invite, but feel you should have, please contact


The Promise Partnership: A Good Childhood [CLOSED]

A Good Childhood is an investment of circa £3.25m from the Scottish Government. It is intended to deliver change in-line with Scotland’s commitment to #KeepThePromise and ensure children and young people grow up loved, safe and respected. To see guidance and apply, click here.


Connecting Scotland [CLOSED]

‘Fast track’ applications are being invited from organisations working to tackle poverty and inequality. Organisations can apply for support for up to 10 people they are currently working with. Support can include: Digital devices – iPads and/or Chromebooks, Internet connectivity – a mobile WiFi hotspot with 24 months unlimited data or Training and support – for staff and volunteers to become ‘digital champions’ to support people to use the internet confidently and safely. To see guidance and apply, click here.


Creative and Cultural Organisations - consultancy support [CLOSED]

Social Investment Scotland are offering consultancy support for up to 10 organisations looking to recover existing or develop new trading models. Organisations will receive up to 5 hours of targeted support and access to workshops on trading, recovery and investment options. For more information, click here.




Rural Communities Ideas into Action Fund (RCIA) [CLOSED]


The Rural Communities Ideas into Action Fund (RCIA) is a £1.5 million investment from the Scottish Government to encourage and support innovative approaches to community-led local development in rural communities across Scotland. Two strands of funding are available — small grants for projects up to £3,000 and large grants for projects £3,001-£50,000.


Projects funded will contribute positively to local people and local priorities, helping rural communities to thrive through community-led initiatives. To see guidance, click here.


The Days Out Incentive Fund [CLOSED]

Visitor attractions and experiences play an important role in both the tourism industry and in local communities in Scotland. The Days Out Incentive Fund is intended to support the recovery of tourism businesses following the pandemic and to encourage visitation to visitor attractions and experiences across Scotland, in the off-season.

To see guidance, click here.


Inbound Operator Collaborative Marketing Fund [CLOSED]

The Inbound Operator Collaborative Marketing Fund will focus on pandemic recovery and will aim to enable eligible Destination Management Companies (‘DMCs’) / Tour Operators based in Scotland to harness the latest consumer insights following COVID-19. To see guidance and apply, click here.


Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance [CLOSED]

This round of the fund has two stands – Strand One is open to applications from artists, companies and producers to tour live work. Strand Two is open to applications from touring networks and consortia of venues to support programming of live work in venues as part of their COVID recovery plan. To see guidance and apply, click here.


COVID-19 Marine and Outdoor Tourism Restart Fund: Round 2 [CLOSED]

Round Two is to specifically support Scottish-based businesses in the marine and outdoor tourism sector that have faced hardship due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to help keep them in business as they recommence operations. To see guidance and apply, click here.


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme [CLOSED]

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021. For claims relating to August and September 2021, the government will pay 60% of wages up to a maximum cap of £1,875 for the hours the employee is on furlough. To view guidance, click here. 

To view employees you can claim for, click here.

PLEASE NOTE: claims for furlough days in August 2021 must be made by 14 September 2021.

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


Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) [CLOSED]

The Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) is here to help you and others on this journey to net zero. CARES is offering grant funding, advice and support to community organisations that want to decarbonise their community buildings by installing low carbon or renewable technologies, such as heat pumps or solar panels.

Applicants must be constituted non-profit distributing community organisations, including organisations with charitable status, that are established and operating across a geographically defined community (‘local community organisations’) or faith groups.


Communities Recovery Fund [Funding CLOSED for the Ayrshire region]

The fund aims to support community groups, charities, social enterprises, and voluntary organisations who are supporting people and communities in responding to the challenges presented by COVID-19 as we head towards recovery from the pandemic. To see guidance, click here.



Grants for Scotland’s Convenience Stores selling locally sourced produce [CLOSED]

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 [CLOSED]

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




GSK Grow Programme [CLOSED]


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 [CLOSED]


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 [CLOSED]


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 [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 [CLOSED]


Tier 3 - For applicants who fall into the Local Destination Organisations, Marketing Groups & non-Pan Scotland Sector Groups category. View guidance.






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.




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.




Market and Festivals Fund [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.




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.




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]


The Scottish Government has committed £17m through Creative Scotland and Screen Scotland for creative freelancers who are experiencing hardship due to lost income from work and/or practice in the creative sector due to COVID-19.




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]

The £1 million fund was delivered by VisitScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government and was developed with the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.


Hostel COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund [CLOSED]

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]

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]

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


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)

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.


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 - [CLOSED]

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 [CLOSED]


Check which employees can be put on furlough [CLOSED]


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


Scottish Wholesale Food and Drink Resilience Fund [CLOSED]


COVID-19 Restrictions Fund [CLOSED]




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