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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Strategic Framework Business Fund

Fri 13 Nov 20

Linked to Scotland’s Strategic Framework, grant support is available for businesses that are required to close by law every four weeks for as long as the restrictions last. 

 

Support will also be available to businesses not required to close, but specifically required by law to significantly modify their operations. 

 

This support is separate from and in addition to the funding to support employees and businesses impacted by local Covid restrictions, for the period from 9 October until 1 November.  Applications for that funding closed on 3rd November. 

 

The new financial support for business will provide:

 

• A Temporary Closure grant of £2,000 or £3,000 (depending on rateable value) for business required to close by law, payable every four weeks for the duration protective measures are in place. 

 

• A Business Restrictions grant of £1,400 or £2,100 (depending on rateable value) for businesses that remain open but are specifically required to modify their operations by law, payable every four weeks for the duration measures are in place.  This means that you are required to close earlier than normal, for example, not that you have to adopt physical distancing or that the demand for your products or services has been reduced because of the pandemic.

 

These grants will be provided, to eligible businesses, and paid every four weeks in arrears. When restrictions end, any final payment in arrears may be adjusted to reflect the duration of the restrictions to the nearest week.

 

Eligibility

Eligibility will depend on where your premises are located and what level of restrictions are in place at any point in time.

 

FIFE IS CURRENTLY AT LEVEL 3 (Status updated 13th November at 07.15am)

 

Click here to view document providing details of the restrictions which apply at each level. 

 

Please note that unlicensed accommodation providers (e.g. B&Bs, guest houses, self-catering) and close contact services (e.g. hairdressers, barbers, beauticians) operating from a salon are only eligible for support at Level 4.

 

ANY BUSINESS TYPE OR SECTOR NOT SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED IS INELIGIBLE.

 

Premises required to close by law (see full details in table in pdf) will be entitled to a Temporary Closure grant every four weeks of:

• £2, 000 if their premises have a rateable value of up to and including £51,000; or

• £3,000 if their premises have a rateable value of £51,001 or above.

 

An upper limit of £15,000 in total in any four-week period will apply to any eligible business operating multiple premises.

 

Premises specifically required to modify their operations as specified by the schedules of The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (see full details in table in pdf), will be entitled to a Business Restrictions grant every four week, of:

• £1,400 if their premises have a rateable value of up to and including £51,000; or

• £2,100 if their premises have a rateable value of £51,001 or above.

 

An upper limit of £10,500 in total in any four-week period will apply to any eligible business operating multiple premises.

 

The Scottish Government will issue separate guidance in respect of support for mobile close contact services and driving instructors who are not liable for non-domestic rates on fixed premises.

 

In addition:

• If your business operates multiple premises you can apply for grants for each premise. All premises should be included in one application which should be sent to and processed by the local authority in which your business is headquartered. The maximum any one business can receive will be restricted, regardless of the number of premises.

• You must have a business bank account. This is the account your grant will be paid into if your application is successful.

• Your business premises must be registered for Non-Domestic rates. Businesses that pay rates through their landlords rather than directly to a Council are eligible to apply (evidence to be provided through copy of lease agreement). 

• Businesses which have breached wider COVID regulations/requirements prior to local restrictions are not eligible to apply. 

• Businesses with connections to tax havens, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020, are not eligible to apply.

• Applications are welcome from Limited Companies (including Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations), Sole Traders, Trusts and Partnerships,  provided they meet the other criteria.

• Businesses must have been impacted directly by restrictions, as set out in regulation

 

How to apply

The first payment of this grant funding is due on or around 30th November.  

 

 

Applicants will only need to apply once and if approved will automatically receive repeat payments for each 4 weekly period that restrictions continue up to March 2021. Payment amounts will automatically be recalculated to account for any level changes. 

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