Following the Scottish Government's announcement that mainland Scotland will move into Level 4 from 26 December 2020, please be advised that businesses who have previously applied for Closure Grants do NOT need to reapply. If businesses were previously successful with an application then payments will restart automatically.

The fund has been created by the Scottish Government to provide financial support for businesses impacted by the protective measures in place across Scotland.

Please note, these are four week payments and any grant awarded will be paid in arrears due to any potential changes in restriction level.Business Temporary Closure FundThis grant is for businesses required to close by law, payable every four weeks in arrears for the duration protective measures are in place;

  • £2,000 if the premises has a rateable value of up to and including £51,000
  • £3,000 if the premises has a rateable value of £51,001 or above

Business Restrictions FundA grant for businesses that remain open but are specifically required to modify their operations by the protective measures recently put in place by the Scottish Government. This means that your business is legally 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 or other restrictions which impact on individuals and communities.

  • £1,400 if the premises has a rateable value of up to and including £51,000
  • £2,100 if the premises has a rateable value of £51,001 or above

Multiple PremisesIf your business operates multiple premises you can apply for grants for each premises.

From 1st of January, any new applications must be made to the Local Authority in which your premises is based. Therefore, you will be required to apply to each Local Authorised separately.

EligibilityTo be eligible for a grant, your business must,

  • Be forced to close or modify its operations by law
  • Have been either trading on 2nd November or have been forced to close due to COVID regulations
  • Have a dedicated business bank account
  • Have not breached wider COVID regulations/requirements prior to the Strategic Framework restrictions being implemented on 2nd November 2020
  • Not be connected to a Tax Haven

The Scottish Government has published information detailing the businesses that are eligible for the fund.

Please read the Privacy Notice before completing the form.

You will be required to provide one of the following depending on your business structure.

  • Company (inc. Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations and Community Interest Companies): Certificate of Incorporation or Companies House/SCIO registration number.
  • Partnership: Partnership agreement or HMRC registration.
  • Sole Trader: HMRC registration, Self-assessment documents or valid business insurance document.
  • Trust: Constitution documents, HMRC registration or VAT registration document.

You will be required to upload a recent bank statement showing business transactions through that account prior to the local restrictions coming into force.

If you do not to provide the supporting documents processing your application will be delayed.

These payments are grants. A grant awarded on a valid application does not need to paid back.

Information provided by you will be verified against other information sources held by us. This will assist application processing, fraud prevention and for auditing purposes

Councils will aim to make payment within 10 working days from receipt of a complete application and once all information and evidence in support of an application has been verified. 

Applications may be subject to delay if incomplete or incorrect details given.

If a grant is awarded on the basis of false or inaccurate information, it may result in arrangements being made to recover the award, and legal proceedings being initiated.

These grants are considered ‘State Aid’ under European Commission rules, which can limit the amount of such aid per recipient.

The European Commission Temporary Framework enables Members States to grant aid to undertakings facing difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.  The Temporary Framework covers support granted to businesses which were not already in financial difficulty on 31 December 2019, and aid support granted to businesses no later than 31 December 2020.

The De minimis Regulation enables a business to receive public funding of up to €200,000 over a three year period (note different rules apply to agriculture and fisheries).

Further information on State Aid is available at:


Coronavirus (COVID-19): Strategic Framework Business Fund Application Form


Last updated: Sunday, January 24, 2021 12:29 PM