Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Funds

Grants to help businesses during Coronavirus – Summary report

Link: Business Support Fund

The Business Support Fund offers some businesses the following grants: Retail, Hospitality, Leisure Support Grant (RHLSG); and Small Business Support Grant (SBSG).

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Support Grant (RHLSG)

  • Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses can apply for a grant of up to £25,000.
  • To apply, their rateable value needs to be between £18,001 and up to and including £51,000
  • The list of eligible businesses is long, but not exhaustive. It includes: animal welfares; arts centres; cafés; clubs; cricket clubs; halls; leisure centres; playing fields; recreation grounds; riding schools; Tourist Information Centres.

The business needs to own or rent property with a rateable value in the range specified. We have included the RHLSG as some third sector organisations will be active in these areas. It is open for businesses with other activities to apply.

Provided they meet the parameters, it seems third sector organisations can apply for this grant

Small Business Support Grant

Small businesses can apply for a grant of up to £10,000 if they get:

SBBS is rates relief. Subject to parameters any non-domestic ratepayer can apply;  Rural Relief is also rates relief.

You can also get the Small Business Bonus Scheme Grant if you applied for Nursery ReliefBusiness Growth Accelerator ReliefDisabled ReliefFresh StartDiscretionary Sports Relief or Enterprise Areas Relief but are eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme.

Multiple retail, hospitality or leisure properties

If you have multiple properties and are not eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme, you may still be eligible for a Small Business Support Grant.

You might still be eligible for this grant, for any retail, hospitality or leisure properties with a rateable value up to £18,000 each.

All of your properties must have a combined rateable value of between £35,001 and £51,000.

From April 1, SBBS relief is only available for properties that are actively occupied.

This is a route for Charities that have applied for Discretionary Relief to apply for SBSG

Support from Dumfries and Galloway Council

Enquiries should be directed to 01387 260280.

FAQs on the local authority website: Coronavirus Business Support Fund

Additional grant support

A multi-million package of additional grant support for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and newly self-employed is also available.

The funds are as follows:

  • Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund, managed by local authorities, will be allocated to the newly self-employed who are ineligible for UK support (as they became self-employed since April 2019) but are facing hardship with £2,000 grants: newly-self-employed-hardship-fund
  • Creative, Tourism & Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund, managed by the Enterprise Agencies with support from Creative Scotland and VisitScotland for small and micro creative, tourism and hospitality companies not in receipt of business rates relief with grants of up to £25K: creative-or-tourism-and-hospitality-enterprises-hardship-fund
  • Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund, managed by the Enterprise Agencies providing bespoke grants and wrap around business support to viable but vulnerable SMEs who are vital to the local or national economic foundations of Scotland: pivotal-enterprise-resilience-fund