COVID-19 business information

Strategic Framework Business Fund

Update 11am Monday 18 January

Details of new funding support packages are awaited and will be added to our website as soon as possible. Please see the Scottish Government website for more information. 

Information on all grants being administered by us is available on our website. However the information will only be updated when we receive official communication from Scottish Government. Wider information on other grants that are available, including ones not being administered by us, are available on the Find Business Support website for the Scottish Government.

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 businesses 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.

How to apply

You can apply online.

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 reapply and a grant will be automatically awarded for the next fourw eek 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 reapply 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 FAQs provide further information about the Fund.

New £185million package for businesses

Scottish Government announced on 9 december a new package of targeted COVID-19 support. Find out if this might help your business.

Extending support for hospitality, retail and leisure

Finance Secretary Kate Forbes announced on 11 January 2021 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. Find out if this might help your business.