COVID-19 business information

Strategic Framework Business Fund

This financial support will run from 2 November 2020 until 31 March 2021 and will offer two types of grant support for business impacted by the protective measures:

  • Business temporary closure fund - £2k or £3k (depending on Rateable Value) for those businesses required to close by law
  • Business restrictions fund - £1.4k or £2.1k (depending on Rateable Value) for those businesses required to by law, to modify their operations due to COVID-19 restrictions

Please check the list of eligible businesses for this fund before applying.

Any business not specifically mentioned in the guidance or within the list is not eligible.  

To determine if a business meets the description and is therefore eligible, we may request further information where necessary.

Eligibility will depend on the level of restrictions which are in place at any point in time in the location of the business premises.

The Scottish Borders is currently in level two.

How to apply

You can apply online.

Mobile close contact services

The Scottish Government is currently reviewing the information regarding mobile close contact services such as:

  • nail bars
  • beauty salons 
  • tattoo studios

Further details will follow from Find Business Support.

Payments

The grant is payable for every four weeks for the duration the protective measures to the closed or restricted business apply. 

Where restrictions are extended beyond a four-week period and the Scottish Borders remains at the same level of protection, a business does not need to re-apply and a grant will be automatically awarded for the next four-week period.

Where restrictions are extended beyond a four-week period and the level of protection in which the business is based changes, a business does not need to re-apply and grant entitlement will be reviewed and automatically awarded.

When restrictions end or reduce, any transitional or final payment in arrears will be adjusted to reflect the duration of the restrictions to the nearest week, where possible.

Our frequently asked questions provide further information about the Fund.