Coronavirus Business Support Fund opens

Published: Tuesday, 24th March 2020

Businesses across the Scottish Borders can now apply to the Scottish Government’s Coronavirus Business Support Fund.

Application form available now

We are delivering the fund on behalf of the Scottish Government in the Borders, with businesses across the area now able to access the application form online.

What support is available?

A support fund and one-off small business support grant of £10,000 is available to ratepayers of businesses located in a non-domestic property which are:

  • In receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS); or
  • In receipt of Rural Relief; or
  • Eligible for SBBS, but in receipt of Nursery Relief or Disabled Relief.

This is available if they were the ratepayer for a premises occupied for that business use on 17 March 2020.

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors

A separate one-off grant of £25,000 is available to the ratepayers of businesses in the Retail, Hospitality, Leisure sectors operating in a premises with a rateable value of £18,001 or up to £50,999.

The application form is an editable PDF so can be completed electronically. Business owners are being asked to complete all of the parts of the application form that apply to them in full. Applications are open from today until 31 March 2021.

Chief Executive Tracey Logan

“We understand this is an extremely difficult and uncertain time for all businesses across the Scottish Borders.

“This is why the Council, which is delivering the Coronavirus Business Support Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government in the Borders, is aiming to make payments within ten working days upon receipt of a fully completed application form.”