The news comes as the Scottish Government announced this week a second phase of funding worth £220 million to help smaller businesses and the self-employed. This additional support will be available from early May.
Stirling businesses that meet the scheme eligibility criteria can apply for cash grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 as part of a Business Support Fund set up by the Scottish Government.
The Business Grant Support Scheme aims to keep businesses operating, protect jobs and promote economic recovery during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Council officers have been working flat out to ensure the timely and effective processing of the grants so that they reach those businesses in need.
How to Apply
The application process is available until 31 March 2021. All successful grant applications will simply be paid into the nominated bank account.
Further information and the online application form is available here.
Convener of Stirling Council's Finance and Economy Committee, Councillor Margaret Brisley, said: “We know that businesses across Stirling are facing an incredibly difficult time due to the financial issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“That’s why our officers have been working as hard as possible to ensure the swift processing of these applications, in accordance with government guidelines, helping businesses get the right support and financial aid that they are entitled to.
“I am delighted to see that these grants have been issued to such a wide range of organisations so far, with many more still to come, keeping local businesses operating, saving jobs and helping them recover from the huge impact of the coronavirus.”
Small Business Support Grant (£10,000)
Grants of £10,000 are available to ratepayers of properties with specified uses in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS) or Rural Relief, or those eligible for SBBS but in receipt of Nursery Relief, Disabled Relief, the Business Growth Accelerator Relief or Fresh Start.
Retail, Hospitality and Lesiure Support Grant (£25,000)
Grants of £25,000 are available to ratepayers of properties with specified uses in the leisure, hospitality and retail sectors with a rateable value of between £18,001 and £51,000.
Vice Convener Cllr Alison Laurie said: “By issuing these grants as quickly as possible, we are helping protect jobs, prevent business closures and promoting economic recovery.
“We are all working together to support businesses as they face such significant disruption and these new grants will provide essential support for them while this period of uncertainty continues."