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Support for Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax Fund (SAP-CTF)

Mon 15 Mar 21

Application for Accommodation Business Support Grant from Coronavirus Fund

The purpose of this fund is to provide financial support to Bed & Breakfasts, Guesthouses and other Small Serviced Accommodation businesses who have not been able to access support through other schemes.

A grant of £2,000, payable every 4 weeks, will be available to eligible businesses, not on Non Domestic rates but paying council tax. These payments will be 4 weekly, backdated to the start of January 2021, to cover the Level 4 restrictions which apply from 26th Dec 2020 lockdown period for the duration of level 4 restrictions, and no later than 31 March 2021. This grant is not retrospectively backdated to 2nd November 2020.

If you are successful and receive the grant you can continue to accept key workers, according to Scottish Government guidance.

To complete this form you will need:

  • An email address and phone number
  • Your National Insurance number
  • Your Council Tax account number, which you can find on your bill or online council tax account here
  • Bank account details

You will be asked to upload:

  • Proof of ID - preferably a passport, driving licence or other photographic ID
  • Your current business insurance certificate (or most recent if not currently trading)
  • Evidence of your membership, accreditation, registration or listing with a recognised hospitality or tourism agency, representative body or marketing organisation, either national or local (for example, VisitScotland, Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers, SBBA, your local destination marketing organisation, AA, Quality in Tourism, etc). Online booking platform listing alone is not accepted as evidence.
  • If applying for Self Catering accommodation, evidence that  your property was occupied for more than 140 days in financial year 2019-20 (or if due to poor trading, the same in either of the 2 financial years preceding)
  • A bank statement dated within the last 3 months which shows your name, account number & sort code (this can be an online statement if it shows these items, but not a screenshot showing only recent activity)

Have digital copies of these available before you start to complete the form - you cannot save and come back.

Advice on uploads:

You can scan your documents or you can take a photo of them with your camera, phone or tablet. You can then upload these pictures to the form when requested. If you use a phone or tablet to take the pictures and then use your phone or tablet to complete the form you can upload the pictures directly from your device. If you'd rather complete the form on a computer, make sure you have the pictures on your computer.

Files can be a maximum size of 5MB each.

When uploading choose your file on your device and submit it. Then wait for the file to appear on the form like the image below - the file is showing as "summary.jpg".

Upload Example

This can take a few seconds. Retrying too quickly can lead to a security warning.

What happens next

We will be paying initial grants for valid and fully completed application at the end of March. We will be in touch with you when we have processed your application, or if we need further details.

Please do not contact us about your application unless you have not heard from us by April. However, if you have any enquiries around applying for this grant, you can email us at [email protected]  Please quote Council Tax - Business Support in the email subject.

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