The Scottish Government has provided local authorities in Scotland with additional money to resource their Discretionary Funds. As a result, Stirling Council is able to re-open its Discretionary Fund at 9am 7th April 2021 until 5pm 13th April 2021.

This funding will provide direct financial support to businesses in the Stirling Council area, specifically to mitigate immediate financial challenges arising from the COVID-19 restrictions and regulations announced in October 2020.  It is a one off payment of £4,000 and is aimed at small and micro-businesses (50 employees or fewer) that

  • do not have premises
  • have been unable to access other funding and support since October 2020
  • are therefore experiencing hardship
  • Limited Company (including Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations and social enterprises)
  • Sole Traders
  • Trusts
  • Partnerships
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Freelancers
  • Self-employed individuals
  • Sub-contractors

Businesses will be asked to provide supporting evidence that is addressed in the Stirling Council area.

The following types of businesses are NOT eligible for this fund:

  • Any business or individual in receipt of funding through the Discretionary Fund in the first round (18 January to 3 February) from any local authority
  • Any business which has received a grant through the Strategic Framework Business Fund (Closure/Restriction Fund).
  • Taxi, private hire and coach operators, Mobile Close Contact Services, Travel Agents, Tour Operators, Visitor Attractions, Wedding and Events venues and accommodation providers where other funding has been accessed.
  • Any self-employed individual who has already been awarded payment through the Self-employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) or Newly Self Employed Hardship Fund.
  • Businesses where a Director of the Company has already applied for and received funding for another Business will not be eligible for this fund.

You also will not be eligible if you have received any of the following:

  • Discretionary Fund Round 1
  • Mobile Close Contact Services, hairdresser and Driving Instructor Support Fund
  • Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund
  • Small Accommodation Providers Paying Council Tax Fund (SAP-CTF)
  • Bed and Breakfast Hardship Fund
  • Large Self - Catering Grant 
  • Exclusive Use Self - Catering Grant
  • Hostel Business Support and Continuity Fund 
  • Scotland Coach Operators Business Support and Continuity Fund 
  • Events Industry Support Fund 2 
  • Scottish Visitor Attractions Support Fund
  • Museums and Galleries Scotland Recovery and Resilience Fund
  • Seafood Producers Resilience Fund 
  • Resilience and Recovery Fund for Legal Aid
  • Support for Childminders
  • Funding for Brewers 
  • Funding for Indoor Football Centers
  • Funding For Travel Agents
  • Scottish Wedding Industry Fund
  • Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund
  • Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund
  • Coronavirus Covid-19 Strategic Framework Business Fund
  • NHS Forth Valley COVID Response Community Grants
  • Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme
  • Creative Scotland Fund

Businesses applying for the fund will be asked to provide supporting evidence that is addressed in the Stirling Council area. Please provide the following supporting documents. Note that your application can’t be processed without the documents as requested

• Proof of identity (photographic eg valid passport or driving licence).
• Proof of address (for example a recent council tax bill, rates bill or utility bill). Proof of address cannot be the same as proof of identity.
• 3 most recent full bank statements (business or personal depending on type of application) covering 3 months to January 2021 showing name, address, sort code, account number, income and outgoings.
• Please note we will be unable to process your application without these. Screenshots and transaction lists of bank accounts are not accepted.

Two forms of proof of trading - acceptable documents must contain the name/business and address and be dated between 2 November and date of fund reopening

• Valid business insurance (must show name of company and period of cover)
• VAT correspondence (must show name/business and address and dated as above)
• A supplier trade account (must show name/business and address)
• Evidence of business activity eg supplier statements or invoices (must show name/business and address and be dated as above)
• Correspondence with HMRC (must show name/business and address and dated as above)

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Discretionary Business Support Fund Application Form

Last updated: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 8:29 AM