Newly self-employed people in Stirling can now apply to a new Coronavirus hardship fund from the Scottish Government, through Stirling Council.
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This new support is aimed at those who have not been able access other schemes, such as the Business Grants Scheme, previously made available during the current crisis.

Information on the qualifying criteria for the fund and an online application form can be found on our Business Advice page.

Successful applicants will receive a one-off payment of £2,000 and individuals may only apply once, and in one Local Authority area.

Convener of Stirling Council’s Finance and Economy Committee, Councillor Margaret Brisley, said: “Stirling Council and partners are working together to ensure swift payment to those who qualify. We continue to support all our business communities during this difficult and unprecedented time.”

Successful applicants may continue to work or take on other employment including voluntary work while applying for or in receipt of grants.

Applicants should note that the Council will prioritise issuing payments as quickly as possible, therefore they will not be contacted unless there is a need to discuss the application further.

Successful applications will simply be paid into the nominated bank account.

Vice Convener, Councillor Alison Laurie said: “We encourage anyone recently self-employed who has been unable to access any of the other grant schemes to apply.  This fund could provide much needed support in these uncertain times.”