COVID-19 Business Funds

Extensions Restrictions Fund

On 22 June 2021 the Scottish Government announced that local authorities will be kept at their current Protection Levels for an additional three-week period with effect from 28 June, with the next review on 13 July.

They have confirmed that additional financial support will be offered for eligible businesses that are subject to ongoing restrictions at Protection Levels 1 and 2 as a result of the extension of the Routemap and that were previously in receipt of support through the Strategic Framework Business Fund.

Scottish Borders is currently in Protection level 1 so this scheme applies to our area.

What businesses are eligible

Hospitality premises including:

  • restaurants (including restaurants and dining rooms in hotels or members’ clubs)
  • cafes
  • bars (including bars in hotels or members’ clubs)
  • public houses

They do not include accommodation premises where these features are not present. Members’ clubs may include social or sports clubs with a liquor licence. Wet pubs and those that serve food are both included.

What will I be paid?

Specified hospitality businesses that the regulations require to modify its operations as a result of being in Protection Level 1 are eligible for will get a grant of:

  • £525 each week for properties with Rateable Value of £51,001 or over
  • £350 each week for properties with Rateable Value up to £51k

Specified nightclub businesses that the regulations require to modify its operations as a result of being in Protection Level 1 are eligible for a grant of:

  • £750 each week for properties with Rateable Value of £51,001 or over
  • £500 each week for properties with Rateable Value up to £51k

When will I be paid?

We are aiming to transfer the money to bank accounts week commencing 5 July.

How do I apply?

As the Scottish Borders is remaining in Protection Level 1 we will be contacting eligible businesses in the next few days to confirm payment details, no application is required.

Subsidy Control

Applicants are required to declare all previous support received from UK or 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 and subsidy control limits.